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Ergonomics a growing part of industrial vehicle design

Supplier: Alitrak Australia
25 October, 2013

In any warehouse or distribution facility, it's imperative to put employee health and safety first.

Not only does this mean keeping them safe from hazards like vehicle collisions and struck-by incidents, but also ensuring that industrial vehicle operators do their work in the most comfortable way possible.

This has given rise to intensive studies in ergonomics to determine what will provide an operator with the most protection, comfort and support. While it's understood that anyone who sits for an entire shift may be a little sore, businesses should go to great lengths to find products that can minimise this employee fatigue.

Put simply, an industrial vehicle operator should be able to get just as much done at the end of the day as the beginning. To achieve this, it's best to focus on suspension, hydraulics, fingertip controls, contoured armrests and other areas that ensure the operator won't be worn down by the end of his or her shift.

Poor ergonomics can result in musculoskeletal injuries such as pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, upper back and forearms. This, in turn, can lead to worse employee morale and absenteeism.

Spacepac developed its DEC Bull-2 Sit On Battery Electric Tug to provide an electric tugging machine that the operator can easily ride for as long as needed without becoming sore. The seat is ergonomically designed to improve comfort, and can be easily adjusted to accommodate for each driver.

Because it is a part of Spacepac's line of electric tugs, it was also designed to be sleek and fit through narrow warehouse aisles while still hauling several trolleys and other loads.

Complete with a long life and low maintenance, the DEC-Bull-2 with Seat is a great way to get work done without compromising warehouse worker health and safety.

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