Increasing seat belt usage in logging machinery

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


This study examines methods for increasing seat belt usage in timber extraction machines (skidder's). Factors identified previously as being primarily responsible for the low level of skidder operator seat belt usage were simply forgetting to use the seat belt and the inconvenience of the conventional seat belt design. These factors were addressed by installing an improved seat belt design and an orange flashing reminder light into seven skidders. The experimental design had three experimental conditions (ABC), followed by a control condition (D), which was followed by the three experimental conditions (ABCDABC). Seat belt usage data were collected throughout the study. Results show that providing an improved seat belt design and installing a reminder light could, together, produce a mean increase in seat belt usage of 58%. Relevance to industry The number of fatal and serious injuries resulting from timber extraction machine rollovers is high. One method to reduce this number is through the use of a seat belt. Unfortunately, use of the conventional seat belt is low. This research was initiated to find, and try, interventions suitable for increasing seat belt usage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-405
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Forestry
  • Logging
  • Reminder light
  • Seat belt
  • Skidder


Dive into the research topics of 'Increasing seat belt usage in logging machinery'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this