EFFECTS OF SEATWINGS AND SEATBELTS ON THE RESPONSE OF FORKLIFT TRUCK OPERATORS DURING LATERAL DYNAMIC TIPOVERS
The main objective of the study is to experimentally compare the dynamic response of the seated operator of a forklift truck during lateral tipovers while seated in a traditional seat to the response while seated in a seat which has been modified by the addition of a seat belt and side seat wings. A state-of-the-art Side Impact Dummy was used as a surrogate to the human operator. Tipover experiments were conducted. Test results indicate that, regardless of the tipover velocity, the seat with seatbelt and seatwings allowed the head to strike the ground at severities that would result in a high probability of life-threatening brain injury, but that this probability was significantly reduced by increasing the lateral self-restraint force.
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, MI United States 48109-2150
- Alem, N M
- Publication Date: 1985-6
- Pagination: 173 p.
- TRT Terms: Aerodynamic lift; Dummies; Dynamic loads; Injuries; Manual safety belts; Operators (Persons); Side crashes
- Uncontrolled Terms: Dynamic response; Lifts; Operator
- Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment; I91: Vehicle Design and Safety;
- Accession Number: 00457113
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: UMTRI-85-16
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:39PM