A Study on Exposure of Workers to the Risks Arising from Physical Agents in the Olive Sector in Andalusia (South Spain)

  • Raquel Nieto-Álvarez
  • Mª Luisa de la Hoz-Torres
  • Antonio J. Aguilar-Aguilera
  • Mª Dolores Martínez-AiresEmail author
  • Diego P. Ruiz
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 969)


It is well established that workers being exposed to physical agents, such as vibration, noise and temperature can cause them different pathologies, such as musculoskeletal disorders, vascular and neurological problems, hearing loss, etc.

In this regard, there are many productive sectors in which workers are exposed to such physical agents, among them is the olive sector, mainly during the process of hand harvest of olives. In Spain, the number of workers employed in this sector is quite high, since one third of all the olive oil world production is generated there and particularly the region of Andalusia (South Spain) is the world’s leading producer of olive oil. This paper presents the first phases of a study on the characterization of the physical agents to which the olive harvest Andalusian workers are exposed. In this study the exposure during the process of olive harvesting by hand-held machinery is analyzed.


Physical agents Vibration Noise Workers Olive sector 



The research group wishes to thank those employers and workers that allowing us to obtain field data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raquel Nieto-Álvarez
    • 1
  • Mª Luisa de la Hoz-Torres
    • 2
  • Antonio J. Aguilar-Aguilera
    • 2
  • Mª Dolores Martínez-Aires
    • 3
    Email author
  • Diego P. Ruiz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architectural Graphic Expression and EngineeringUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Applied PhysicsUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Building ConstructionUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain

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