This paper discusses the importance of seating in protecting tractor operators from shock and vibration. An overview of important seating criteria is presented and U.S. and European viewpoints are compared. The U.S. and Europe have pursued somewhat different paths in regard to seat evaluation and selection.
In 1969, the Off-Highway Council established the Joint Seating Subcommittee reporting to the Tractor Technical Committee and the Construction & Industrial Machinery Technical Committee, to review information in these areas and to develop appropriate recommended practices. The activities of this Subcommittee are reported and suggestions for future work are outlined.