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Ergopush - Ergonomic cleaning tool for reducing injuries in a highly affected industry

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Coordinator AHLSTRÖM & PARTNERS AKTIEBOLAG - AHLSTRÖM & PARTNERS AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 345 000
Project duration January 2016 - December 2018
Status Completed

Important results from the project

50% of all cleaners feel pain every week because of their heavy work. We saw that a more ergonomically designed mop tool reduced the load on the wrists, neck and back. The goal was to launch a cleaning product that contributes to a reduction of occupational injuries in the cleaning industry.

Expected long term effects

The goal was to launch a cleaning product that contributes to a reduction of occupational injuries within the cleaning industry. Thanks to Vinnova we have been able to keep patents in current countries and further developed the product. We have also been able to find new potential suppliers and have developed serial toolings for samples we have been able to test on different cleaners in different environments. Unfortunately, we have not yet launched a product.

Approach and implementation

When we started the project, we were told that the cleaning industry is a very conservative industry and mopshaft has barely evolved in the last 100 years. At a business lecture at Sting, we were told that it is more difficult to sell vitamins that prevent problems than to sell painkillers to people who already have a headache. This may be a factor to why managers at cleaning companies looking long term on the issues really like our product while the cleaners who are going to use it are less interested in using something that looks different just for prevention purposes.

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Last updated 2 January 2019

Reference number 2015-05502

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