Whole-body Vibration and Ergonomics of Driving Occupations

Proven studies conclude that the Whole Body Vibration workers can endure during a working shift can be a major contribution to Sickness and Work related illnesses.

What's surprising is that it is not a condition isolated to vehicles working for example in a mining or off road application such as Forestry and Quarry work. Vibrations can come in all applications, a forklift working on a rough yard, the "stop start" journey of a commuter train and even a bus on a route with potholes and speedhumps.

Back disorders are the most common form of ill health at work and costs the UK economy estimated £7bn a year. The exact cause of back pain is often unclear but back pain is more common in jobs that involve driving, especially over long shift patterns, distances or machinery operating on rough ground.


Driving exposes the vehicle’s occupants to whole-body vibration that may include the shocks and jolts that are believed to increase the likelihood of injury or pain in the lower back. It is estimated that 9.0 million workers are exposed to Whole Body Vibration each week and a staggering 383,000 workers are exposed to magnitudes greater than 15 VDV.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 was introduced by the HSE set guidelines concerning the daily exposure to vibration where the vibration magnitude (root-mean-square frequency-weighted acceleration magnitude) in one of the three orthogonal directions, x, y and z, at the supporting surface

The exposure to vibration is averaged over a week and is the total exposure occurring within a period of seven consecutive days, normalised to a duration of five 8-hour days (40 hours).

During a working shift driving a bus, coach, construction machine or truck, the human back goes through every extremity, not only from the driving position but from the vehicles vibrations either from the terrain the vehicle is working on or simple "jolts" created on the road from potholes. Even a bus driver taking fares can go through many twists and turns throughout their working day as they greet passengers or navigate bus stops through heavy traffic checking mirrors.

The key to reducing Whole Body Vibrations is to understand the application the seat is being used in, it can mean vehicle, road surface, driver weight and shift pattern. We do this using our Vibindictor devices.

Pads fitted on the seat, the device will then record the X, Y and Z over a shift and report back the levels the drivers are subjected to.

Sometimes the solution can be as simple as changing the drivers break times so that the Maximum exposure limits are avoided, other solutions can mean changing routes, repairing yard surfaces and changing the seat

Another Common Misconception is a really soft spongy seat is the best option for maximum comfort levels, whilst this is true for the first hour of sitting, very quickly the occupant finds this uncomfortable and the body starts to move in the seat trying to gain a suitable posture.

In order to maintain a low level of VDV the seat must be firm with good support and be fitted with various adjustment controls on the seat to change the vibration direction on the human body throughout the working day. A seat with a good level of control function and adjustability can signifcantly reduce WBV.

Back in 1949, its something Be-Ge's founder realised when he introduced to the market the World's first suspended driver’s seat and fitted our seats in Scania trucks. In context the rest of the truck market at that time were using basic non suspension seats and even wooden benches in some vehicles.

Our Be-Ge driver seat designs are based on the knowledge that different applications require different seats. The vibrations produced by construction vehicles or the small dimensions in forklifts require completely different seat designs than those in trucks and buses.

We understand that the most important feature on any seat is to be able to make personal adjustments to suit the stature, weight, and working environment for the driver.

The key to any suspension seat is to be adjustable to the drivers weight, if we take for instance a 75kg driver on a maximum suspension setting, their weight would have very little effect on the suspension unit and they might as well be sat on a static seat. We offer weight independent height adjustment of 100mm, so the resistance on the suspension unit can be adjusted to suit the drivers weight.

To meet every need, we develop our Be-Ge products in close collaboration, both with users and vehicle manufacturers and enlist the expertise of ergonomic and medical experts as well as specialist researchers.

For instance our patented Rotolift unit with foot pedestal enables a bus driver to rotate their seat in the direction of fare paying passengers so they can take the fares forward facing and greet the passengers "eye to eye" on the bus without the need to twist their body.

Once they have completed the fares another press on the foot pedal allows them to turn the seat towards driving direction.

That's why when you buy a Be-Ge seat from us, we look closely at the application and its working environment, to come up with a drivers seat that is not only comfortable for the occupant, but will offer the maximum levels of safety and occupational health risks.

Gary Shaw - Be-Ge Seating UK Ltd

Be-Ge Seating Gains full Approval on the Latest Mercedes Vito

Be-Ge are proud to announce the latest vehicle successfully tested with our Jany range of M1 and N1 passenger seats fully witnessed and approved by TÜV Rheinland. The new Mercedes Vito due to be launched in the UK in Spring is a bold striking replacement for outgoing successful Vito Models.

This latest edition to the Mercedes Range brings its commercial vehicles in line with the styling of their current luxury car range.

Get one of these new Vito's behind you on the motorway and you could easily be mistaken thinking its a Mercedes GL class on your tail.

One of the biggest changes is the addition of a 1.6-litre diesel engine, shared with the Renault Trafic. The new engine is offered with front-wheel drive only and comes in two versions – 88PS and 114PS. It means a lower price for the Vito.

The other engine is the 2.1-litre diesel, available with between 136PS and 190PS, in rear-wheel drive only.

The Vito is offered in three lengths, all of which are 140mm longer than the equivalent variant of the old Vito.

The maximum gross vehicle weight ranges from 2500kg to 3200kg depending on configuration, with the most capable model rated to carry a payload of up to 1369kg.

Maximum cargo volumes range from 5.5m3 to 6.6m3.


Gary Shaw from Be-Ge explains , "I drive the current Mercedes Vito and its given me over 100,000 miles of trouble free motoring and is well screwed together" with an auto box borrowed from the E Class and dash layout from the C class all in all its a clever piece of kit, the Mercedes designers certainly want to take commercial drivers to the next level giving them a commercial vehicle with a car derived driving style and feel".

We have full approval on our entire seating range for the new Vito, our comprehensive testing documentation using 100% Be-Ge products means that no further testing by the customer is required.

In terms of Type Approval we have done all the testing for you, so your seating becomes a paperwork exercise with no testing whatsoever required by the customer.

Be-Ge Solutions are extremley cost effective, not only are they extremley easy to fit and keep labour to a minimum, our unique bonded twin plate is designed to be "seat specific" saving costs and weight in comparison with fitting a full aluminimum floor.

The new Vito has been fully approved to fit the entire 800 series range of Jany M1 and N1 seats and accompanies the testing we have already done on the existing Mercedes Sprinter, so no matter what the requirement, we are sure we can come up with a Jany solution for you.

We openly publish all our test reports to be viewed on line and we test all our seats in each individual manufacturers vehicle model shell you can view our test reports here: JANY APPROVALS

Gary Shaw Be-Ge Seating UK Ltd

Be-Ge Jany Solutions for Police Vehicles

When it comes to Police Vehicles, we at Be-Ge Jany are one of the leading suppliers of seating solutions to the European Police market.

On the 29th October 2014 the European Automotive market entered into the Type Approval rules and although due to the specialist nature of police bespoke vehicles, the Police have an exemption from Type Approval under section 5 (1) of the “The Road Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 2009”.

We believe at Be-Ge Jany that duty of care for officers is a must and we supply seating solutions that not only offer maximum protection for vehicles, but meet the most stringent demands required of seats today. After all an emergency service vehicle can in essence go legally over the speed limit and through red traffic lights.

When it comes to testing VOSA’s current legal minimum requirement it states that seats must comply with the Regulation “76/115 (as amended 2005/41/EC)”, and evidence of the seat belt anchorages must be demonstrated in an actual shell of the vehicle that you intend to fit the seats into . You must also test to 20G Dynamic testing to meet the 2005/41/EC. We at Be-Ge Jany have complied with this regulation since it came out in 2005

When you buy one of our seats today, we are supplying our seats to the very latest standards 2007/46/EC and ECE R14.07 which supersedes the old "76/115 (as amended 2005/41/EC) which also now includes “stay away zones” and minimum distortions of the seats during an accident.

We do not just stop at testing though, we know that Police officers sometimes spend hours sitting in a seat especially during covert, crowd events and speed camera van work. That's why we look at ergonomics as well human factors and offer a wide range of options such as reclining seats, adjustable armrests, headrests and lumbar support and folding seats for front exit in dog vans.

We are tested in the majority of leading European van models all witnessed and documented by TÜV Rheinland, so no matter what your police requirement is we are sure we can come up with a safe solution for your fleet that offers maximum protection for officers.


  801 Standard ( View Brochure)  801 Contour (View Brochure) 801 Comfort (View Brochure)


Jany 805 Reclining Seats


  805 Standard ( View Brochure)  805 Contour (View Brochure)  805 Comfort (View Brochure)


Jany 862 Tip/Fold Wheelchair and Ambulance Seats


 862 Standard ( View Brochure)  862 Contour (View Brochure) 862 Seamless (View Brochure)


Jany 825 Folding seats for Motorhomes


825 Standard ( View Brochure) 825 Contour (View Brochure)  825 Comfort (View Brochure)

Gary Shaw, Be-Ge Seating UK Ltd - Send a message here



Driving can be a pain in the back

Driving can be a pain in the back

It is estimated about 44 million EU workers are affected by Back pain and that the total annual costs to the European economy is in excess of 240 billion euros – 2% of GDP.

The latest survey of workers from across the EU suggests that 46% of women and 47% and men reported back pain at some time in the last 12 months. It is a condition which regularly affects:

14.2m Germans - 9.6m Britons - 8m French - 6.4m Spaniards - 5m Poles - 1m Danes

About 85% of people with back pain take less than seven days off – following the consensus medical advice that maintaining mobility is best. Yet this accounts for only half of the number of working days lost. The rest is accounted for by the 15% who are absent for over one month

The key to reducing back pain is to tackle Whole-body vibration (WBV) which is transmitted through the seat or feet of employees who travel in work vehicles. Large shocks and jolts such as potholes, speed bumps and uneven surfaces are the obvious causes of back-pain. But other work factors, such as posture and incorrectly or poorly designed seats, are also known as major contributors to back problems for drivers.

Investment in seats with functions such as ergonomic design, mechanical or air suspension, recline function, lumbar support, headrests, armrests, height/weight adjustment, slides and tilt functions may have an initial higher cost. But if we take paying an extra £100.00 for a seat based on a worker on the minimum wage driving 37.5 hours a week, if the seat could reduce time off due to back related sickness by 2.5 days over the 3 year lifetime of the vehicle, the extra costs paid on the seat would work out cheaper in the long run.

We at Be-Ge are at the forefront of designing ergonomically seats that address the reduction of whole body vibrations, back pain and increasing driver comfort, keeping levels of alertness and coming up with seats to suit people irrespective of size, weight or stature. We consult & involve top Swedish medical ergonomic experts in our designs and are the Worlds oldest suspension seat manufacturer. We even have in our range Office Operators chairs which are certified for 24 hour usage.

Gary Shaw, Be-Ge Seating UK Ltd - Send a message here

Be-Ge Celebrates its 80th Year in Business

Be-Ge Celebrates its 80th Year in Business

When our founder Bror Göthe Persson took over the import and sales of Ford motorcars in Oskarshamn back in 1934 . He was somewhat of a visionary with an early insight into the role and importance the then "infant" automotive industry was about to play in the world.

In 1941 Be-Ge cars became sales agent for Scania Vabis trucks and this is where Be-Ge's fascination and involvement in trucks & buses began, today we still remain the World's oldest Scania dealer

In 1946 AB Be-Ge Karosserifabrik was established to manufacture truck cabs. It was quite common back then for truck manufacturers to outsource production of cabs to independent bodybuilders and Bror Göthe Persson realised that there was a potential, not just to make a cab similar to other cabs on the market, but lead the way on improving manufacture, design, comfort and more importantly safety.

Due to Scania's continued expansion, in 1966, Scania-Vabis acquired ownership of our cab manufacturing plant (Scania still manufactures truck cabs on this site today in Oskarshamn and is one of Kalmar County’s largest employers)

Even back in the 1940's Bror Göthe Persson valued the importance of vehicle safety and was a pioneer in truck occupant safety and began testing our cab strength in three directions vertically and dynamically. This was virtually unheard of at the time and even though its something we take for granted as a norm today, it shows the pioneering spirit and importance in safety within Be-Ge right from its early days.

Bror Göthe Persson then turned his attention to driver comfort and introduced the World's first driver suspension seat, again this is something we take for granted as standard equipment today, back then competitors seating was basic bench seats with the only hope of comfort coming from mattress type springs in the seat cushion.

We have spent many years listening to customers and end users of our seats coming up with innovations and developments to improve the quality of life of drivers. Focussing on Whole Body Vibration and involving top Swedish Ergonomic experts in our seat designs.

We aim to improve the quality of life for people in the "Driving Seat" with features such as lumbar support, clever ergonomics, mechanical/air suspension, seat tilt, slide, height adjust, recline, swivels and adjustable armrests.










Now run by the third generation of Bror Göthe's family, today there is a bit of Bror Göthe's pioneering spirit in all of us at Be-Ge.

We have our manufacturing plants based in Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania & Holland and a network of dealers spanning the globe

We are proud of what we do and its reflected in the products we produce. Our investment in vehicle seating safety testing puts us at the forefront of seating supply solutions alt

On a final note why did we choose the name Be-Ge? the reason was that no one could pronounce Bror Göthe's name correctly, so he earned the nick name "Be-Ge"

Gary Shaw, Be-Ge Seating UK Ltd - Send a message here

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