Suspension seat solutions for forklift operators suffering from back pain

Many forklifts especially the older ones come with seats that have no suspension. This makes for a bumpy ride depending on the floor surface. This creates a lot of vibration that gets transferred to the forklift operators back. For some forkift operators that have been operating for years, the constant exposure to ride shock and vibration leads to chronic back pain. Many companies spend an enormous amount of money for workers compensation claims on forklift operators due to chronic back pain.

Research has shown that a good compact suspension seat reduces a great amount of shock and vibration exposure to the forklift operator. The aftermarket now has many different models of compact suspension seats available to fit most forklifts. Since these seats have very compact suspensions, the height of the seat is not really affected compared to the orignal non-suspension seat. There are 12V air suspension seats and mechanical suspension seats for forklifts. The 12V air suspensions which are more expensive than the mechanical suspensions deliver the best vibration reduction. The air ride suspension is also much easier for different sized operators to adjust for their weight vs. the mechanical.

The difference in ride comfort from the most economical suspension seat to the most expensive can vary greatly. A more comfortable forklift operator results in a more productive operator. Be sure to check with an application specialist at Industrial Seats to help you determine which seats would be best for you and that will fit your forklift. These forklift seats can be viewed on http://www.industrialseats.com/category.asp?categoryID=19.

Why 4 Point Harness Seats are gaining popularity in heavy equipment?

4 Point Harness Seats offer several advantages over traditional lap seat belts common in heavy equipment.   The crash forces are spread over the skeletal body over more points than the standard lap belt.  The crash forces are spread to the strongest parts of the body.  Forward head excursion (the distance the head is thrown forward) are lessened.

Traditional harness belts allow little to no moving around once strapped.   There are newer harness belt seats that feature an inertia reel, which allows your harness belt to function like your stock belt.  That means you can still move around but it will lock under sudden movement or jolt.  These newer harness belt seats also buckle at one point like a standard lap belt which makes for easy in and out of the seat.

For off-highway equipment, be sure to check the 4 point harness seat meets SAE J2292 and SAE J386 which are off-highway harness and seat belt restraint requirements.   There should be tags marked for inspection.   Check with the people at Industrial Seats, Inc. on their newest 4 point harness seat offerings that meet these off-highway requirements.   They can help you find a 4 point harness seat that fits your application on www.industrialseats.com

MSHA (Mining Safety and Health Administration) Seat Belt Standards

On April 23 2003 MSHA required all off road mining vehicle seat belts to meet SAE J386 standards. The seat belts must be a 3 inch wide retractable or non retractable belt. Most regulations state the belts need to be switched out every two years.

Industrial Seats carries a wide variety of 3 and 2 inch retractable and non retractable seat belts. All of the belts will have the SAE J386 tag and year made attached to the belt. Industrial Seats also carries 3 and 4 point seat options.