One of the largest construction companies in the United Kingdom, Willmott Dixon, has joined forces with Eksobionics to try out a new high-tech exoskeleton vest on site.
The exoskeleton vest is designed to support the arms when lifting and could provide benefits to construction workers.
The technology will be used on a new school development in Cardiff to help protect those working onsite. The new special vest is called Eksovest and Willmott Dixon will have the honour of being the first company in the construction industry to trial the product.
Wilmott Dixon's Eureka central research and development fund has been used to fund the vest being used on the Cardiff West Community high school site.
It costs approximately £5,650, and the success of the trial will determine whether the company will use Eksovest on other sites across the country before introducing it as standard.
The Cardiff West Community High School being built will help people in the local area by providing 1,200 secondary school students with a new school as well as a new home for more than 300 sixth formers. The £31m project has also been bestowed the much wanted “Ultra Site” status from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).