Benefits at a glance
High-quality accident prevention
In logistics, bulky loads increase the risk of an accident because they significantly restrict the forklift driver’s vision. There are accessories that can help, such as mirrors or cameras, but they don't fulfill safety requirements. For example, German regulations on operating industrial trucks stipulate that in these cases, they must be driven backward. The regulations also state that driving backward regularly should be avoided as this can put excessive strain on the driver’s spine. However, some tasks require drivers to drive backwards regularly.
The rotating driver’s work station from Linde can be a solution to this: When reversing, the driver turns all the operating equipment along with the steering wheel, pedals, and arm rest by up to 90 degrees. As on a reach truck, the driver sits at right angles to the lane of traffic and can see the whole route. This greatly improves their view and reduces signs of fatigue; in short, it improves operational safety.
I used to have constant problems with my cervical spine because I had to drive backward for six hours a day. Using the rotating driver’s work station, I now have a clear view of the route and the load.
Marywam Ahmed, forklift driver at Solvay Fluor GmbH in Bad Wimpfen
Physical strain demonstrably reduced
Comparing spinal torsion
According to another calculation, drivers on a fixed seat spend 43 per cent of their working time in an excessively twisted spinal position. By contrast, if they are sitting on a rotating driver’s work station, the time they spend twisting their body is reduced to just eight per cent.
Available in several versions
Working with its system partner NEUMAIER Industry, Linde has developed the rotating driver’s work station for electric and IC trucks as well as a rotating cabin for heavy trucks. The rotating driver’s work station is available in several versions to suit different truck models and drivers of different heights. A range of seat types is also available. In addition, the robust design can be retrofitted to several forklift ranges from Linde manufactured from 2009 onward. All heavy truck models can be fitted with a rotating cabin that is sold by Linde’s network of distributors. Trucks can also be retrofitted.
Find out more about the technical details of the rotating driver’s work station and the rotating cabin in the Linde brochure, ‘Work more safely, ergonomically, and efficiently’.