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Determining work load and demand of forest operations under mountainous conditions.

Project Leader
Trzesniowski Anton, Project Leader
Duration:
27.10.1995-28.02.1997
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Arbeitsmedizinisches Zentrum, Milserstra├če 21a , 6060 Hall/Tirol, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Mayr-Melnhof, Leoben, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Oesterreichische Bundesforste AG, St.Johann/Pongau, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Stampfer Karl, Project Staff
Piechl Stefan, Project Staff
Stampfer Erwin, Project Staff (bis 31.08.2008)
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Engineering
Funded by
Andreas Stihl-Stiftung, Badstra├če 115, 71336 Waiblingen, Germany
Abstract
The goal of this work is to determine work load and demands of forest operations in mountainous conditions. The partially mechanised work systems of stem and cut-to-length extraction on the sloped areas will be investigated. The felling, delimbing and cross-cutting will be carried out with the chainsaw, the timber extracted using a cable yarder. The work load parameters noise, carbon-monoxide and temperature, as well as the physical demands through heart-rate monitoring will be determined during the chainsaw work. A special chainsaw fuel will be tested to investigate both its mechanical suitability and the possible reduction in carbon-monoxide outputs. Two variations during the cable timber extraction will be tested with regard to the ergonomics, one with and one without lateral hauling. Finally, the possibility of job-rotation between the machine operator and the choker-setter will be investigated on site.
Keywords
occupational science; forest technology; forestry;
strain; stress; ergonomics; harvesting;
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