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Citation

Hsiao H, Whitestone J, Wilbur M, Lackore JR, Routley JG. Appl. Ergon. 2015; 51: 137-151.

Affiliation

International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fairfax, VA, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2015, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.apergo.2015.04.004

PMID

26154212

Abstract

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.


Language: en

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