Ensuring your staff wear their seat belt in a secure and well adjusted manner is most probably one of the most significant changes you, as an employer, can make to any safety program involving fork lift truck or mobile plant in a short period of time.
Designed for use on forks, mobile plant and agricultural equipment Springbelt is a restraint device crash tested to 50kph, 31 MPH, that sits over the operators lap like a halo.
A good way to describe this is it to think of the restraints on a roller coaster amusement ride. The restraint device locks down over the passengers lap, not actually touching until the force of the ride lifts the passenger into it.
Click here to view picture gallery of Springbelt attached to various vehicles and mobile plant.
Springbelt works in the same manner, allowing the operator the manoeuvrability they require to shift in their seat while travelling in forward and reverse directions but all the time remaining in the safety halo of the belt.
What is a Springbelt?
A Springbelt is a restraint device specifically designed for forklifts, mining, construction and agricultural machinery.
It resembles a normal seat belt in that it has tethers and buckles however instead of a flexible sash it is replaced by spring steel covered in protective padding.
As it is spring steel, when its bent to secure the buckle its shape maintains its integrity and forms a "U" over the drivers lap.
So while not actually touching the driver, extensive crash testing has proven that an occupant will be protected from ejection up to velocities of 50kph / 31 mph.
Why a Springbelt and not a normal seatbelt?
A normal seatbelt if correctly fastened will lock a drivers hips in a forward position, which is comfortable for operators travelling forward however a forklift operator in particular will spend approximately half his time travelling in reverse and the other half in a forward direction.
Springbelt allows the operators the freedom of movement they require while at the same time keeping them safely restrained in the vehicle in the event of an accident.
Click here to view short video demonstrations of the Springbelt. (10 meg)
We already have seat belts on our equipment.
If operators are not wearing the belts provided and this cannot be enforced then what good are the belts when an accident occurs?
If there is an incident where the driver expects a tip over is going to occur Springbelt will keep him inside the cabin, where statistics prove he has a greater chance of surviving.
Springbelt can be locked into a position so that it springs erect and becomes a nuisance to the operator if he is not wearing it while positioned in the drivers seat.
Springbelt will overcome the major objections from drivers that it is too uncomfortable to wear their safety belts while performing their duties in a expedient manner.
A universal fitting kit makes it easy to install Springbelt in all common types of mobile machinery into existing strong points.
Click here to view Springbelt accessories such as extensions .
Fitting a Springbelt could be a matter of life and death.
Whether is because drivers cannot be bothered, its restricts their movement or inhibits their work performance drivers of utility vehicles such as forklift do not like wearing their seat belts.
Often with tragic results..
Each year many unnecessary fatalities due to inadequate safety restraints occur.
In fact, according to Worksafe Victoria, 5 deaths can be directly attributed to inadequate safety restraints in Victoria alone during 2001.
The bottom line where seat belts are concerned...
World wide, forklift tip-overs and roll-overs account for about 25 percent of all serious forklift related injuries.
Safety is the legal responsibility of the employer.
The employer is liable for inadequate safety.
Springbelt fits all common types of mobile machinery and on average would take less that 30 minutes to install and be immediately operational.
AS2596 is the Australian Standard for aftermarket replacement seat belts and will conform with any vehicle in Australia.
Springbelt complies with Australia Design Standards AS2664 as well as international standards ISO-6683, SAE-J386 and FMVSS-302 for the market in the United States.
Click here to view short video demonstrations of the Springbelt.
Switched On I & T Services | Seatbelt Safetybelt RDS onboard weighing
Switched On I & T Services distributes seatbelts for industrial vehicles such as forklifts, earth moving, construction and mining plant. With our electrically switching buckles we can retro fit vehicles currently in your fleet to lock out drivers not wearing the seatbelt until it is correctly fastened. Switched On distributes the unique SPRINGBELT FLEX ARM makes it uncomfortable for drivers if they do not wear the belt correctly as it gets in the way of the controls. The Springbelt Flex also comes with a electrically switching buckle that can be wired into the vehicles transmission. This means that if the seatbelt is not fastened forward and reverse motion can be stopped until the seatbelt is worn correctly.
Springbelt Flex will ensure that your operators wear the seatbelt whether or not you are looking over their shoulder 24/ 7. Springbelt flex protects employees and employers.
We also distribute onboard weighing systems for forklifts, tele handlers, wheel loaders and excavators.
Our RDS range of precision onboard weighing systems are trade certified with NMI approval for use in Australia.
Legal for Trade (NMI Approval for use in Australia), Eliminate need for a weigh bridge, Sell product legally direct from your loader, Experience faster truck turnaround times.