The client, who is a paraplegic, had difficulty transferring into his mini digger independently. The solution needed to be transported easily with the mini digger when traveling to and from jobs. The seat needed to rotate to assist with the transfer and to be height adjustable to allow the client to transfer from his wheelchair to the digger.
The working upright from an old bath lift was attached securely to the base of a trailer. A frame with a seat, seat belt and drop-down armrests was made and attached to the upright, allowing the seat to be raised, lowered and rotated. The client can wheel himself onto the trailer, transfer independently onto the hoist seat, raise himself up using the winding mechanism, swivel around to the cab door and transfer into the cab independently.
The digger needs to be moved into position by someone else, but the client is otherwise independent and the risk of falls reduced.