NIOSH Testimony on Occupant Protection in Motor Vehicles by J. D. Millar, April 8, 1991.
NIOSH 1991 Apr:5 pages
This testimony concerned the views of NIOSH regarding the proposed rule on occupant protection for motor vehicles. Questions have been raised concerning a study of occupant safety in forklift trucks. The training program discussed in the specific article was developed for lift truck operators in warehouses and was not an extension of existing programs used in the facilities that were cited in the studies. The specific details of the training for forklift operators would have to be modified for other types of vehicles. The study evaluated the performance of three groups of lift truck operations: a training only group, a training plus feedback group, and a control group. The largest decrease in incorrect behaviors, 23%, was obtained in the training plus feedback group, followed by 18% in the training only group and 6% in referent groups. There has been some evidence that safety practices learned on the job can transfer to off the job settings. NIOSH was unable to produce any studies dealing with accident causality tied to drug and alcohol use. One study was noted which dealt with air bags, used in combination with seat belts, offering optimal safety protection.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Accident-prevention; Safety-engineering; Drivers; Bus-drivers; Truck-drivers; Automotive-industry; Safety-practices; Protective-measures;
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NIOSH, 5 pages, 5 references