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Hand grip forces during chain saw operation and vibration white finger in lumberjacks.
  1. M Färkkilä,
  2. I Pyykkö,
  3. O Korhonen,
  4. J Starck

    Abstract

    The hand grip forces at the front and rear handles of a chain saw were measured during work, in 89 professional lumberjacks. The symptoms caused by vibration to the upper limbs were compared with the hand grip force (HGF) during work. To allow better comparison between subjects we used the ratio of hand grip force (HGF) to the maximal voluntary compression force (MVC), HGF/MVC expressed as a percentage. The mean HGF during sawing varied from 5 to 12 N in all subjects. The variation in HGF was greater at the front handle than at the rear handle, during sawing. The lumberjacks who had vibration-induced white fingers (VWF), had a higher HGF/MVC in both hands than the lumberjacks without VWF. Those lumberjacks affected by VWF used over 12% of their MVC at work. Subjects without HGF/MVC ratio. The lumberjacks with and without numbness in their hands had equal HGF/MVC ratios.

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