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July 14, 2010

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Lift trucks – FlexRide floating operator suspension system

Lift-truck manufacturer Crown says its new FlexRide floating operator suspension system is fitted to two of its new lift-truck lines: the WT 3000 series of powered pallet trucks and the RC 5500 series of stand-up counterbalanced trucks (pictured). The FlexRide system is said to minimise the impact of shock and vibration on operators standing on truck platforms, while maximising stability and comfort. The system includes a patented weight-adjustment feature that allows operators to adjust the suspension to suit their own individual bodyweight.

When developing lift trucks, Crown says it gives ergonomics top priority, because comfortable, less stressed operators work more efficiently in the warehouse. Its adds that the weight-adjustable platform is one of its many technical innovations that focuses entirely on the needs of vehicle operators and the efficiency of the material-handling workflow, and is an example of Crown’s ongoing commitment to operator-oriented design.

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Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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