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17 July 2019
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This vest won’t transform you into Robocop, but it will give you extra strength and a memorable look on site. More importantly, the EksoVest from US-based company Ekso Bionics will keep you safe from lifting-related injuries. 

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06 December 2018 | Ekso Bionics 

The upper body exoskeleton supports a worker’s arms when he or she is lifting and performing tasks at chest height and overhead. The result is fewer on-site injuries for workers, who will also tend to complete jobs faster and more efficiently when wearing the vest. 

Aimed at electricians and factory and construction workers, the high-tech vest, which costs about £5,650, is being trialled by Willmott Dixon to protect supply chain partners working on a new school development at Cardiff West Community High School. The company says it is the first in the construction industry to test out the Eksovest. 

Willmott Dixon decided to test out the vest at the school site because of the range of technical activities required to complete the build – a new facility for 1,200 secondary students and 300 sixth-formers. 

Neal Stephens, managing director for Willmott Dixon Wales and South West, says: “The Eksovest technology should lead to teams on site feeling less exerted, meaning improved well-being and productivity.”