A driver had to go on leave because his work space was unbearable.
A heavy vehicle operator was recently declared unfit for duty for weeks because his seat was too uncomfortable.
Authorities found the employee had earlier complained to management about suffering a workplace injury.
“Suffering from a sore back, the worker called in sick and went to a doctor. He had sustained a lumbar sprain from operating the [front end] loader, resulting in him being unfit for work for two weeks,” MinEx said in a safety alert.
The business claimed it offered to relieve the worker “several” times. However, the individual allegedly refused.
“Alternate duties were provided while the worker completed physio[therapy sessions],” the alert said.
Investigators made the following recommendations:
- workers should immediately report discomfort when operating mobile equipment
- mobile equipment seats should be maintained in accordance with original equipment manufacturer requirements
- seats in mobile equipment should provide good riding comfort, durability and support the driver when frequently entering and exiting the vehicle.