Correctly Positioning Your Truck Seat: 4 Things to Check

8 September 2018
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People who operate heavy equipment will often spend many hours sat behind the controls. If the seat the person is sat in isn't properly configured, it could lead to neck, back or limb pain. Below is a guide which will help you to check and adjust your truck seat so that it fully supports your body.

1. Check if you can reach the pedals

When operating a piece of heavy equipment, you will need to be able to reach the accelerator, brake and clutch with your feet. You should check that you can fully depress these pedals while still comfortably seated. If you find that you need to lift yourself off the seat, it is too far away from the pedals and will need to be adjusted. Lifting yourself off your seat to press the foot pedals can strain your lower back and legs.

2. Check the armrests

Next, you should check the position of the armrests. Some operators get into the habit of leaving armrests in the up position. However, if you have to hold your arms up by your sides for an extended period of time, you run the risk of straining the muscles in upper arms and back.

3. Check the straps

Next, you should check the safety straps. The straps should fit over your shoulders in a way which is comfortable but should also supports you in the event of an emergency. You should check that the strap isn't so tight that it cuts into your shoulder. However, it is important that you do not loosen the strap to such an extent that it no longer offers any protection.

4. Check your reach

Finally, you will need to check your reach. When operating heavy equipment, you will need to reach out to grip the steering wheel and change the gears several times a day. If your seat is incorrectly positioned, you will need to overreach which could result in you straining your neck and shoulder which could result in pain. You can check the positioning of your seat by sitting in your usual position and extending your arm out so you can touch the top of the steering wheel. If you need to completely extend your arm in order to do this, your seat is too far away from the controls. You should adjust your seat until you can touch the top of the steering wheel with your arm in a slightly bent position.

If you would like further advice on how to properly adjust and position your Isuzu truck seats, you should get in touch with a company which manufacturers seats for heavy construction equipment. A member of staff will be happy to offer further help and assistance.