The manual lifting of passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs) can be dangerous for airport service personnel and an incredibly unpleasant experience for the passenger. Yet manual lifting on board aircraft is still prevalent in commercial aviation. Various medical lifts are available to airlines, including a new nextgen PRM Transfer Lift from Prevalis.
In a one-on-one interview with Prevalis PRM consultant Brian Roquas, wheelchair user and accessible aviation consultant Mary Doyle learns about the new product, and why the Rotterdam-based company believes it’s essential to offer a safe and dignified way to position PRMs into their aircraft seat, while ensuring assistance staff are not injured.
Mary Doyle: How did the Prevalis Transfer Lift come about?
Brian Roquas: We were approached by a local staff union who has seen an increase in back problems and sick leave due to manual lifting. And the union wanted to follow the Australian and NZ staff guidelines, who have a ‘no lifting’ policy, so they approached us to develop a device to eliminate manual lifting. And manual lifting is not a dignified way to service PRM passengers who can easily be bruised or injured so we hope we have tackled that issue as well.
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