Mobility equipment company ProMove has supplied 100 of its new sling devices to OmniServ, an airport assistance services provider, to improve disabled passenger access at Heathrow Airport.
The ProMove sling is a transportable, lightweight option for lifting and transferring passengers when it is impractical to deploy a powered hoist.
The design of the sling allows two, three or four support personnel to share the load via the padded handles, allowing each to get a proper grip and spreading the weight that each individual person must lift.
Heathrow’s deployment of the new devices follows a critical report by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) last year, slamming major UK airports for their commitment to disabled passengers. The airport vowed to “immediately improve services” after being rated as ‘poor’ for disabled access and soon entered into a £23m contract with OmniServ.
Marc Buckle, general manager at OmniServ, is confident in ProMove’s sling as a solution to the challenges of helping passengers in and out of wheelchairs in a restricted space.
Dana Thomas, director of ProMove UK Ltd, said: “We are delighted that OmniServ is now able to offer assengers travelling from London Heathrow the option of a more comfortable and dignified transfer with our slings. Use of the sling will also provide safer working conditions for staff and will reduce musculoskeletal injury, as the equipment complies with health and safety requirements and Manual Handling Regulations.”
Buckle added: “The ProMove Sling is exactly the kind of invention we are constantly looking for at OmniServ, to allow us to raise our game when it comes to the dignity and care at all times to our PRM Customers. It is efficient, safe, comfortable and reliable. OmniServ is committed to delivering the best possible experience for all passengers, and we will continue to evaluate the latest technologies that will help us deliver on that promise.”