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Document ID (ISN)108462
CIS number 08-949
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-215-3
Year 2008
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-541
Author(s) Bourret P.E., Martel S., Koutchouc M., Roux M.A., Gou M., Aubin C.E., Rancourt D.
Title Lift truck safety: Study on safety belt effectiveness
Original title Sécurité des chariots élévateurs: étude de l'efficacité de la ceinture de sécurité [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2008. vii, 127p. Illus. Bibl.ref. + CD-ROM. Price: CAD 12.60. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/R-541.pdf [in French]
Abstract This report summarizes the research work carried out since the early 1990s on the effectiveness of wearing a safety belt and other devices as protection for forklift truck operators in the event of a rollover. It describes the collaborative work carried among various institutions in Canada and France to determine the contribution to safety of various devices, including safety gates, armrests and seats with wings, combined or not with a pelvic safety belt. It turns out that the wearing of a safety belt alone or the presence of a full door, combined with a head protection system, is a good means of protection against most injuries that can result from the lateral rollover of forklift trucks. Research results refute the common belief that the wearing of a safety belt significantly increases the impact velocity of the body or the head on the ground. They also demonstrate that actions prescribed by the manufacturers, namely having both hands firmly on the steering wheel and bracing the feet against the cabin floor, contribute to safety, but do not ensure effective protection against serious injuries. It is recommended that the wearing of pelvic safety equipment be regulated and that the studies already begun on the modeling and dynamic testing of lift truck rollover be continued in order to evaluate the effectiveness of additional safety devices proposed for protecting forklift truck operators in the event of rollovers.
Descriptors (primary) Quebec; drivers; safety belts; fork-lift trucks; overturning; drivers cabs
Descriptors (secondary) safety devices; public OSH institutions; Canada; report; research establishments; sitting posture; personal protective equipment; safe working methods; cooperation; France
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Materials handling and storage
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Road transportation
Belts, harnesses and lifelines