Safely secure a wheelchair passenger

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Blog | 3 comments

Safely secure a wheelchair passenger

 

Franck Saragossi, Jolly Transport   October 28th, 2011 

What is the most important feature in transporting a wheelchair passenger?

 

A few weeks ago, Jolly Transport LLC participated in a full day of training at Q’straint, the company that provides the hooks and belts that fasten the wheelchair and the passenger in a wheelchair van.

Securing a wheelchair passenger is the most important single factor is providing safe transportation for people with special needs. Too many transportation companies cut corners on this critical task.  

Q’staint equipment is tested in their Quality Assurance center and further tested on simulations with dummies. The impact of an accident at 30 miles an hour without the proper securement is devastating to the passenger.  The videos of various simulations with less than perfect securement made a definitive case for companies and drivers to follow Q’Straint guidelines.

The proper way to secure a wheelchair in a vehicle follows 3 simple steps:

  1. Secure the wheelchair to the vehicle with 4 hooks; two in the front and two in the back.
  2. Secure the passenger to the vehicle with a lap strap. The seat belt on some wheelchairs will not do. The straps have to be attached to the vehicle or to the retractor that is secured to the vehicle.
  3. Secure the passenger with a shoulder strap.

Safety is not only the driver’s responsibility but also the dispatcher’s.  A schedule with too little time between rides to safely load and correctly secure the passenger compromises safety.  At Jolly Transport, all of our drivers and dispatchers have seen the Q’Straint videos and have been trained to properly secure wheelchairs and their passengers into our vans.  Thank you Q’Straint.

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