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Seat and seatbelt accommodation in fire apparatus

Anthropometric aspects
This study developed anthropometric information on U.S. firefighters to guide fire-apparatus seat and seatbelt designs and future standards development. A stratified sample of 863 male and 88 female firefighters across the U.S. participated in the study. The study results suggested 498 mm in width, 404 mm in depth, and 365–476 mm in height for seat pans; 429–522 mm in width and 542 mm in height for seat back; 871 mm in height for head support; a seat space of 733 mm at shoulder and 678 mm at hip; and a knee/leg clearance of 909 mm in fire truck cab. Also, 1520 mm of lap belt web effective length and 2828 mm of lap-and-shoulder belt web effective length were suggested. These data for fire-truck seats and seatbelts provide a foundation for fire apparatus manufacturers and standards committees to improve firefighter seat designs and seatbelt usage compliance.

Source: Hsiao H, Whitestone J, Wilbur M, Lackore JR, Routley JG. Appl. Ergon. 2015; 51: 137-151.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2015.04.004

Critical analysis of safety related design of powered gates

The original aim of this project was to perform a theoretical assessment into safety measures that may reduce the risks associated with mechanical hazards of powered gates. In order to simplify the analysis, it was agreed that it should be based on specific (albeit theoretical) gate designs - one sliding and one hinged. These were intended to be representative of real-life designs, using typical drives, control systems and safety measures.
A critical analysis of the designs presented in this report highlights several safety-related inadequacies, which are discussed in detail. In particular, the use of typical drive system control functions to limit crushing forces is shown to be inadequate. Alternative safety measures are suggested to address these inadequacies. Alternative means of risk reduction are discussed; pressure sensitive edges are presented as an effective means of delivering force limitation.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr1056.htm

Débroussaillage

Cette brochure traite des travaux de débroussaillage, des techniques de travail et des situations dangereuses. On y décrit également les responsabilités de l'employeur et du travailleur, l'équipement de protection individuelle à utiliser et des règles à suivre en matière de premiers secours et de premiers soins. Pour cette 3e édition, des changements importants ont été apportés aux pages 14-15 et 16 où il est question du choix des lames.?

Source: http://www.csst.qc.ca/publications/200/Pages/DC_200_634.aspx

Making paper safely

Managing safety in the papermaking process
This guidance is for managers and users of paper and tissue manufacturing machinery. It provides practical guidance to manage the risks on papermaking machinery and associated tasks and describes the law that applies.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg279.htm

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