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The following is an assortment of reports and logs from the 3d Naval Construction Regiment which was deployed to Southwest Asia in support of I Marine Expeditionary Force. These documents represent information that has been located in addition to the Seabee Gulf War Era declassified operational documents posted under the U.S. Navy. This collection is made available because of the intense interest in the illnesses many Gulf War Seabee veterans are experiencing. We hope that researchers will benefit from the documents posted here. >>Seabee History

The Gulf War was the largest troop build up in History. The Noise, Vibration and Other Physical Exposures to the troops was incalculable.

There are several job categories in many of the services in which extreme whole body vibration or localized vibration to the hands and feet can cause medical problems.

Most of the time, these medical problems are manifested as injury to the nervous system, skeletal system, and vascular systems of the Human body.

You may be eligible to file for direct service connection for this condition.

If you have other concerns regarding this topic, please contact the VA.

See: U.S. Naval Safety Center.

This is one of the causes of Gulf War Illness!

United States Navy Seabee Units were the most symptomatic troops!

See: Gulf War Seabee Health Study

Accession Number : AD0785202

Title : Vibration Disease and Its Pathogenesis,


Personal Author(s) : Andreeva-Galanina, E. C. ; Karpov, N. I.

Report Date : 21 AUG 1974

Abstract : Pathogenesis of the onset and development of the vibration disease is connected with a complex interacting chain of neurohumoral and reflex-developing changes in the activity of the various regions of the nervous system (peripheral and central). In the advanced stages, vibration can lead to degenerative processes in the nervous system, vascular system, and muscles. The only favorable recommendation is early diagnosis and a rational job placement.

For four hours a day (the longest time a human can be exposed to workplace vibration according to U.S. and international standards)


Vibration injuries were initially documented some 92 years ago. Yet, in the late 1970's, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) noted there had been very little remedial activity and that vibrating hand tools were still causing pain and permanent impairment to workers using them. While the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has not adopted any HAVS standard, considering HAVS an ergonomie problem (which it has tended to shy away from), it has from time to time 'issued citations for vibrationrelated hazards under its General Duty Clause. This clause requires that employers provide their employees with a safe workplace, "free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees."

Although Vibration syndrome has been characterized by vascular and peripheral nervous symptoms. Evidence of nervous disorders, indicating involvment of central nervous system, have also been reported (Klimkova, 1996) Griffin (1980) concluded that vibrations can impair CNS funtion through damage to the automomic centers of the brain. Distubances of the central nervous system includes anxiety, depression, headache, palm sweating, irritability and emotional instability (Habu, 1984)

The Seabee's are Construction Battalions!

Would not this account for the Seabees being the most symptomatic troops?

Did not the Seabees occupation alone expose, them to more dangerous vibration from equipment and tools?

Why was there no safety awareness for Vibration Syndrome when the Security Bulliten was issued in 1974, 1983 and again 1989?


See: 1989 CDC

"Presented data give enough evidence to accept neural damage as a result of vibration exposure(VRP). "

Further Reading:

Human Response to Vibration by Neil J. Mansfield, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK ISBN: 9780415282390

Handbook of human vibration by Griffin, M.J. (1990, 1996) . Published: Academic Press,London, ISBN: 0-12-303040-4.


Gulf War Seabee's

"We build we fight"

"Safety First"

Feel free to email the United States Government with any questions or concerns.

The U.S. Army Says: Vibration Bad!

Info from the VA’s Website.

Health Problems Associated with Vibration Exposure

■Continuous exposure to excessive vibration may cause irreversible damage to the body.

■Regular exposure to hand-arm vibration may cause Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome – Symptoms include tingling, numbness, and pain in the fingers and hands.

■Regular exposure to whole body vibration may cause low back pain.

If you are concerned about health problems associated with vibration exposure, contact the Environmental Health Coordinator or Patient Care Advocate at your nearest VA medical center.

Black Out 2009-2010 Protecting are people from bad vibrations. U.S. NAVY --SeaShoreWinter09-10.pdf

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