At work, employees are exposed to vibration when operating heavy machinery, pneumatic hand tools, industrial equipment, commercial vehicles, and material handling devices. Vibration exposure comes in the form of whole body vibration and segmental vibration (affecting only one part or segment of the body). Whole body vibration may be experienced by the operator of a bulldozer, fork lift, tractor trailer, or farm implement. Whole body exposure may result in fatigue, degenerative disc disease, impaired circulation, and various other medical conditions. Segmental vibration can originate from the operation of manufacturing and production equipment, as well as the use of nail guns, jackhammers, and other pneumatic tools. Exposure to segmental vibration can lead to wrist problems and Vibration White Finger.
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