Ergowork was required to produce a vehicle ergonomics assessment protocol and purchasing standard to assist Powerlink in purchasing the best vehicles for work performed.
The protocol required measurement of key ergonomic dimensions and functions including seat size and shape, seat slide, seat tilt (especially combination of base and backrest tilt), lumbar dimensions (height, thickness, adjustability), steering wheel adjustment, dimensions and forces, safety features, dash design, storage and vehicle access design and whole-body vibration. Vibration testing was performed on and off road. Worker opinions were obtained.
Findings showed that some cheaper vans and utes showed better ergonomics than some of the more expensive vehicles. Vibration results varied. A matrix of performance was produced along with an assessment and scoring protocol for future use.