One of three carrying actions for the "Load Carrier for Labour"
Designer: Vikram Dinubhai Panchal - NID
Location: Ahmedabad, INDIA
Award: Professional Winner
Load Carrier for Labour
"Load Carrier for Labour" project is an innovation to improve the working condition of labourers and workers at many places globally—construction sites, factories, ports, railway stations, etc. The objective is to prevent various occupational hazards and demonstrating Product design and ergonomic consideration for the welfare of human life.
The principal object of the innovation is to facilitate three methods of lifting and shifting of the loads by worker, such as above the head, at the back and push or pull action. The new device main structures are made from cane materials, plastic and metal components. It is possible to make the entire structure in plastic or metal.
The new design has two major parts, one that holds the load and the other that rests on the shoulder. Device has two knobs, which facilitates the change of required function manually from one to another in one minute duration. This allows three modular functions for carrying lighter loads on the head, medium loads at the back and heavier loads to push or pull as trolley. Ergonomically the load is distributed on the shoulder and at the lumber support by softer material. The total weight of device is 2 Kgs. and would cost approx rupees. 300/- in mass production.
Core77 Design Awards: How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
I learned that I was recognized by the jury from my student Varun Prabhakar who wrote me an email:
Sir, saw this on Core77...
u have amazed everyone, as always..
What's the latest news or development with your project?
At present, I will be interested to find sponsorship, marketing or a manufacturer to take this design further to the end user. I would like to make this design principle more versatile by using metal and plastic. I am open for any organization who are interested in sponsoring, marketing or manufacturing.
Read on for full details on the project and jury comments.