Safer solution for handling the PRM

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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Over the past three years, Prevalis Netherlands has developed a new solution for lifting disabled passengers in and out of an aircraft seat.

The project´s starting point was aimed at reducing long-term sick leave of airport service staff through shoulder and lower back injuries. In addition, complaints and claims from disabled passengers concerning harmful and undignified manual seat transfers are piling up.

The Prevalis PRM Transfer Lift is used at several airports in Northern Europe to lift PRMs needing full assistance, either into or out of their aircraft seat. “Carry-on” passengers are nowadays still manually lifted into or out of their wheelchairs and aircraft seats, which can be hazardous for both passengers and airport staff. This solution neatly circumnavigates the problem.

“The development was quite a puzzle,” to admits Technical Developer Mark Rinkking, “The main requirement was making the passenger lift suitable to help passengers in any major aircraft cabin and on any seat. The device also had to be handy enough to be used ad hoc in common situations where a passenger is not properly registered beforehand with the airport service provider. With the PRM Transfer Lift, travelling by air will be made a lot easier for this growing group of disabled travellers.”


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