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Document ID (ISN)110552
CIS number 10-0140
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-409-6
Year 2009
Convention or series no. Etudes et recherches Rapport R-631
Author(s) Beaugrand S., Marcotte P., Larue C., Boutin J., Bellemare M.
Title Development of a prototype of a subway operator's seat in a context of very limited space
Original title Développement d'un prototype de siège pour opérateur de métro dans un contexte où l'espace est très restreint [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, 2009. x, 157p. Illus. 27 ref. Price: CAD 17.59. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/R-631.pdf [in French]
Abstract Dating back from the 1970s, Montréal subway cabs have rudimentary seats that do not attenuate vibration. Two earlier studies documented the health problems of subway operators, described their work and characterized the whole-body vibrations to which they are exposed. The studies have also led to the development of design criteria for improving their cabs and seats by taking constraints into account, mainly limited space. The objective of this third project was to select and test a new seat meeting these criteria. At the end of this study, the Montréal transit company now has a seat prototype together with an overall assessment of the contributions and limits of the proposed modifications relating to the operators' health, safety and task performance.
Descriptors (primary) Quebec; drivers seats; ergonomics; design of equipment; public transport
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; whole-body vibration; layout of controls; workplace design; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceQuebec
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Transport industry (in general)