Police officer in-vehicle discomfort : appointments carriage method and vehicle seat features

Filtness, Ashleigh J., Mitsopoulos-Rubens, Eve, & Rudin-Brown, Christina M. (2014) Police officer in-vehicle discomfort : appointments carriage method and vehicle seat features. Applied Ergonomics, 45(4), pp. 1247-1256.

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Musculoskeletal pain is commonly reported by police officers. A potential cause of officer discomfort is a mismatch between vehicle seats and the method used for carrying appointments. Twenty-five police officers rated their discomfort while seated in:

(1) a standard police vehicle seat, and (2) a vehicle seat custom-designed for police use.

Discomfort was recorded in both seats while wearing police appointments on:

(1) a traditional appointments belt, and (2) a load-bearing vest / belt combination (LBV).

Sitting in the standard vehicle seat and carrying appointments on a traditional appointments belt were both associated with significantly elevated discomfort. Four vehicle seat features were most implicated as contributing to discomfort: back rest bolster prominence; lumbar region support; seat cushion width; and seat cushion bolster depth. Authorising the carriage of appointments using a LBV is a lower cost solution with potential to reduce officer discomfort. Furthermore, the introduction of custom-designed vehicle seats should be considered.

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ID Code: 69519
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: occupational injury, vehicle seat design, automotive seating discomfort questionnaire (ASDQ)
DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2014.03.002
ISSN: 0003-6870
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied Ergonomics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Applied Ergonomics, [IN PRESS] DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2014.03.002
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2014 03:27
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 02:52

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