New assistive lift technology reduces risk of back injury for healthcare staff

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New assistive lift technology reduces risk of back injury for healthcare staff

New assistive lift technology reduces risk of back injury for healthcare staff

Back problems are the most common type of work-related injuries amongst healthcare workers in Denmark. Lifting elderly people when they have fallen is a common cause for these injuries. For many years, the only solution has been heavy technical machinery such as lifts – at least until Anders Søndergaard, a mechanical engineer, came along.

A journey of development
It took the inventor a great deal of trial and error before he was able to create a battery operated, light, easy to use and mobile lifting chair to help people get back on their feet in a quick and safe manner.

Anders Søndergaard first notified the IAS about his idea in 2012, and the search for a suitable company to produce the chair began.

A dynamic partnership
The search led to the company Liftup A/S. Within half a year, the company developed the Raizer Chair, where the back is pushed underneath an injured person, and an engine elevates the person to a seated or standing position. With this, healthcare workers are not required to do heavy lifting. Anders Søndergaard decided to sell his invention to Liftup A/S for a one-time fee.

How did we help?
The IAS assisted and guided the inventor throughout the process and facilitated the final agreement between the inventor and Liftup A/S.