Transit Buses

should back pain and fatigue be job requirements? 

Excessive bouncing and jarring experienced by bus operators on intercity roads contribute to high levels of back and musculoskeletal injury. The Bose Ride® system is a new suspension technology that dramatically reduces this bouncing and jarring. Bus operators can now avoid the harmful impacts of harsh ride conditions typical on intercity bus routes. This can lead to cost savings by their transit companies through reduced expense of workers’ compensation claims costs caused by these rough ride conditions.

Municipality Bus Fleet Study
In an independent predictive cost analysis done by the University of Washington, three seat options were explored for municipal buses: 1) an industry standard seat replaced every five years, 2) a rigid suspension-less seat and 3) a Bose Ride system, which is an active suspension seat. A comprehensive cost-utility analysis based on 15 years of workers’ compensation claim data from the King County Metro concluded that an active suspension seat was not only far better for operator health outcomes, but would likely save the municipality $4.8M over the 15 year life of the bus fleet.1

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  • Back, neck and other musculoskeletal injury rates are high in bus operators.
  • Continuous bouncing and jarring is a contributor to this high injury rate.
  • The Bose Ride system can dramatically reduce bouncing and jarring.
  • An independent predictive cost analysis conducted by the University of Washington concluded that investing in active suspension seats could likely save transit companies and municipalities money through reduced expense of workers’ compensation claims.
    • Transit Bus Summary - Whole body vibration exposures: using low back and neck claims to assess the cost and health effects of different bus driver seats.

CDC: Reducing Whole Body Vibration to  Improve the Safety and Health of Bus Drivers

1Gregersen, K. (2015) Cost-Effectiveness of Driver Seat Alternatives for King County Metro Buses (Masters Thesis University of Washington)