Road workers in Sweden retire earlier than other professions. Many of the workers receive musculoskeletal injuries from shovels and skevers during their working life. Today this industry has problem to recruit and keep young people because “they don’t have the physics”.
Or objective was to enable a broader group of employees and decrease the injuries through a new innovative design of skevers and shovels.
A five week Hot team innovation project 2010 at Umeå Institute of Design in collaboration with Svevia, an infrastructure company, and Previa that works with occupational health.
We were 5 teams with 5-6 team members in each team: 3 stationary and 3 students that changed team every week to enable open innovation. In addition, close collaboration with users and other professions were essential.
SR_VBTN_Nyheterna_101116_1630 - The radio cast. Listen after 4.45min.