SLINGBELT

SLINGBELT

Belt Operator Buckeling.
Belt Operator Buckeling.
Belt Without Operator
Belt With Operator.
Belt With Operator.
Belt With Operator.
Belt Without Operator

SLINGBELT Always-Used Seat Belt System

Unique patented design insures that seat belt is always used by operators of the equipment.

Regardless of company policy statements, training and disciplinary recourse, the fact remains that many if not most forklift and equipment operators are just not wearing the seat belts provided on the equipment. Reasons for operators cited vary from forgetfulness, being in a hurry or general disinterest in wearing a seat belt. There is also a common misconception that it is safer to jump off of an overturning forklift, than to stay in the seat. This last assumption has been proven false and the law requires compliance in the use of forklift and equipment seat belts.

SLINGBELT is the answer!

2 Models available:

SLINGBELT IC (12VDC) Includes:

  • (12VDC) ORANGE optical plastic sling side with female buckle and switch.
  • Retractable ORANGE woven fabric with male buckle.

SLINGBELT EL (24-48VDC) Includes:

  • (24-36-48VDC) ORANGE optical plastic sling side with female buckle and switch.
  • Retractable ORANGE woven fabric with male buckle.

OSHA does not have a specific standard that requires the use or installation of seat belts, however, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) requires employers to protect employees from serious and recognized hazards. Recognition of the hazard of powered industrial truck tip-over and the need for the use of an operator restraint system is evidenced by certain requirements for powered industrial trucks at ASME B56.1-1993 - Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks. National consensus standard ASME B56.1-1993 requires that powered industrial trucks manufactured after 1992 must have a restraint device, system, or enclosure that is intended to assist the operator in reducing the risk of entrapment of the operator's head and/or torso between the truck and ground in the event of a tip-over. Therefore, OSHA would enforce this standard under Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act.
See response to question #1.
Please be advised that when an employer has been notified by a powered industrial truck manufacturer or association of the hazard of lift truck overturn and made aware of an operator restraint system retrofit program, then OSHA may cite Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act if the employer has not taken advantage of the program. Other employers who have powered industrial trucks that are not equipped with operator restraint systems should strongly consider contacting the appropriate powered industrial truck manufacturer for advice on obtaining and installing such devices for the prevention of an accident or injury from a lift truck overturn hazard.
National consensus standard ASME B56.1-1993 requires that use of an operator restraint system when equipped on a powered industrial truck. Therefore, OSHA would enforce the use of such a device under Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act.

Features:

  • Optical ORANGE easy to see by management.
  • Internal switch can be connected to access monitoring systems to automatically shut down vehicle.
  • Easy retrofit to any make or model forklift or equipment.

How it works:

  • The bright orange receiver belt springs up when unbuckled making it a real nuisance if NOT buckled by the driver.
  • This design makes it impractical and uncomfortable to sit on as per a normal belt/buckle.
  • When buckled, it holds the operator firmly, comfortably and safely in their seat.
  • Slingbelt design makes it easier for operator to enter and leave the seat than a conventional seat belt!
  • Provides highly visible workplace protection for employer and for drivers insuring seat belt policy is enforced!

Two components:

  1. An adjustable - retractable half lap belt supported to be near at hand, normally on the left side of the seat.
  2. A moulded urethane hollow belt "sling" enclosing the receiving belt and supporting the receiving buckle directly across the operator's lap. The belt is highly visible, cannot be pushed aside and is readily at hand for easy engagement (buckling) by the operator.