Forklift Ergonomics 3: Seating

Professional drivers are at increased risk of back injuries such as disc herniations.
Two of the most common muskuloskeletal injury risk factors (repetition and awkward posture) are magnified by vibration and shock that is transmitted through the seat and the steering wheel.

While we may be unable to change the amount of time that we drive, we can impact the amount of vibration and shock transmitted through the body.

Find the perfect fit and protect your body by doing a five-point check:

1) Take your wallet out of your back pocket.

2) Shift your hips all of the way back in your seat. This helps to position your spine with the proper 3 curve alignment. Be mindful to reassess how you are seated throughout the day.

3) Slide your seat forward so that your feet can rest comfortably and so that you the steering wheel is within easy reach.

4) Adjust your backrest so that it is tilted slightly backward (not vertical). Using the backrest reduces the amount that your core muscles have to work and reduces stress on your back.

5) If you have them, adjust your arm rests, your lumbar support and headrest so oyu are sitting supported.
Slow down to minimize shock and vibration. Vibration and shock causes our core muscles to work harder, eventually fatiguing them. Fatigued muscles lead to even worse posture.