Swissport was recognised with the 2019 Innovator Award 2019 at IGHC for its role in developing the ‘LiftSuit’.
The ground handler said LiftSuit, a wearable exoskeleton, can help to prevent musculoskeletal injuries amongst baggage handlers.
Florian Eggenschwiler (pictured above), head of innovation at Swissport International received the award. The ground handling company beat off competition from International Boarding Solutions and Atollogy to win. IGHC delegates voted for Swissport out of the three.
Airport baggage handlers lift an average of five tonnes of baggage per day, often performing lifts in awkward positions inside an aircraft’s underfloor baggage compartment.
With a group of ground handling staff and Auxivo, a specialist in the development of wearable exoskeletons, Swissport has been developing the LiftSuit over the past year. Several prototypes have been tested in realistic conditions at multiple Swissport locations to maximize the effectiveness and comfort of the LiftSuit.
Swissport said it is part of its work to continuously explore new ways to further improve the work conditions of its some 30,000 ramp and baggage handlers worldwide.