Wheelchair Accessible Excavator

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The Future is now 

Norwegian company Nasta, is not an Autoadapt dealer, nope they're in the construction machine business. That didn't prevent them from doing a bit of vehicle adaptation themselves.

for Norwegian excavator operator Tim Knutsen, who was paralyzed as a teenager from the waist down in a 2006 car accident, his machine is much more than an extension of his body. It gives him an opportunity at a life and trade many would assume was out of his reach. Knutsen works for a small firm in Norway called Jakhelln Construction. The company’s slogan is “We make it possible,” and CEO Nicolai Jakhelln told the publication that the company has had quite a bit of success bringing on disabled persons. Jakhelln said Knutsen was recommended to his company by a local operator training company, Granlund Resource AS Brandbu.

Knutsen starts the excavator through an ignition located in the excavator’s frame before lowering the cab to the ground via remote control. Once the cab is on the ground, he grabs a pair of handles and lifts himself into the operator’s chair where a four-point safety belt keeps him secure.

“I look like a kid, and I’m so grateful that Jakhelln firm gives me an opportunity,” Knutsen told AT.no back in 2014. “CEO Nicolai Jakhelln and the staff is just superb.”

 

 

 

This Article was orginally taken from https://www.equipmentworld.com/paralyzed-from-waist-down-gritty-operator-still-gets-the-job-done-with-this-modified-excavator/

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