Suspension seat solutions for forklift operators suffering from back pain
August 24, 2012 Leave a comment
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.