Design of an airbag system to prevent the ejection of forklift truck drivers in case of tip‐over

Every year in France, forklift trucks (FLT) cause more than 8,000 accidents leading to work stoppage and 4 to 6 lethal accidents related to the lateral vehicle tip‐over. Many FLT drivers do not fasten the seat belt as it may hinder the work tasks. A tip‐over lasts about 1.5 seconds and is enough time for the driver to react, grip the steering wheel or jump out of the cab. Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité (INRS) has conducted research to assess the efficiency of current production restraint systems and worked out a new strategy to prevent driver ejection as well as minimize the risks of head impacts against the cabin. A new prototype based on airbag technology is being tested following a dedicated protocol. This article presents intermediate results.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission of IRCOBI (International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury).
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    • Rebelle, J
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  • Publication Date: 2012


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  • Accession Number: 01484706
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: IRC-12-24
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2013 3:14PM