EksoVest: an exoskeleton to enhance workplace safety


Image of an operator testing the exoskeleton

In the United Kingdom, Amey is working with Transport Scotland to test an innovative exoskeleton for operators on the Forth Bridges, the goal being to reduce the risk involved in manual tasks.

This device, called EksoVest, is designed to reduce the risk of injuries on the job.

EksoVest is a metal structure that matches the components of the human skeleton. This 4.3-kilo spring-powered device supports workers’ arms when performing manual tasks above chest height, providing between 2.2 and 6.8 kg of lift for each arm and reducing strain on the back and shoulders. EksoVest is comfortable so that workers can wear it all the time, and it does not restrict their movement.

“The EksoVest can not only make our people physically safer, but it also reduces fatigue, which enhances productivity and reduces sick leave. We are just beginning this exciting test, which commenced in early April 2019, but we expect this portable technology will improve staff wellbeing by making their work easier”

This test will provide feedback for fine-tuning and designing new technologies, as Amey personnel contribute to the development process. The EksoVest trial is also being observed by other Amey contracts to assess its potential for use in other tasks, such as waste collection and scaffolding erection.


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