EU Directive 2002/44/EC specifies stringent constraints on acceptable workplace exposure levels to shock and mechanical vibration. The directive has a particularly important role to play in the maritime industry, where workers may be subjected to extreme shocks on a regular basis as high-speed craft slam into waves. The health risks associated with mechanical shock in the marine environment are well-known (see Ensign et al, “A Survey of Self-Reported Injuries Among Special Boat Operators,” 2004), and the EU directive is an attempt to provide protection for those in harm's way.
EU directives are similar to EU regulations, but individual member nations must transpose directives into their own regional laws. This is especially important in light of the legal precedent set by the case Francovitch v Italy, where it was ruled that a European member state could be held financially liable by those suffering from a loss due to that nation's failure to bring an EU directive into law. Through legislation introduced in 2005 (No. 1093, The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations) and in 2007 (No. 3077, The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Control of Vibration at Work) Regulations), the UK has implemented directive 2002/44/EC, and while the steps taken towards compliance have not been dramatic thus far, recent developments suggest that things may be about to change.
SEAWORK.COM — Seawork International is Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition and widely regarded as the industry’s one-stop-shop. Every June, buyers, legislators and influencers with direct access to the commercial marine and workboat market descend on the exhibition to show off the latest products and innovations. Fresh off their high-profile win of outfitting shock mitigated seating solutions to 60 Navy Pacific 24 MkIV RHIBS, SHOXS will be there to demo and profile the seats and technologies that placed them first in the UK Ministry of Defense's grueling selection process.
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When it comes to protecting their men and women in uniform, The Royal Navy don't take chances. That’s why new Royal Navy Pacific 24 MkIV RHIBS will be fitted with SHOXS seats.
The decision to outfit the new BAE Systems RHIBS with SHOXS followed one of the world’s most exhaustive and scientifically valid evaluations of shock mitigating seats in history. Undertaken by the UK Ministry of Defense, this first-of-its-kind evaluation of more than 15 different seat manufacturers encompassed every area of performance, with shock mitigation tests taking over 2 years to complete.
The results? SHOXS unequivocally beat out every competitor, performing better in every scenario, and requiring no complex operations or adjustments for occupant weight. The outcome of this unbiased evaluation effectively proves that SHOXS continues to lead the industry through valid scientific performance testing and innovative engineering designed to stand up to the most demanding operators."The vessel is a quantum leap forward in design and capability over its predecessors and will allow sailors to operate for longer in more comfort." — Portsmouth News
Indisputable, validated science isn’t the only reason SHOXS is preferred by the Royal Navy and every other formidable military agency on the planet:
The SHOXS engineering and sales team has been working with Dutch Boat Builder Xtenders to create a custom seat specifically designed to work ergonomically with the their proprietary console and integrate with the onboard overhead support structures. Xtenders specialize in building custom carbon fiber, super light weight yacht tenders. They employ production technology gleaned from Formula 1 and the aerospace industry, providing optimal structural performance while keeping weight to a minimum.
The boats featuring the new custom-built SHOXS-6190 is a 12.3m guest tender — the perfect multifunctinal tender for any superyacht. The SHOXS 6190 required a low profile design so as to clear the compact storage area on the mother ship. The seat has a built in height adjustment to accommodate different sized occupants and features a drop down seat base that turns into a stand-up, shock mitigating leaning bolster providing support while seated or standing. This technology is carried over from SHOXS models already in use with the military and law enforcement.