Seat Back Cleaner and Ergonomic BroomBy Torres, Lynette; Weininger, Adam; Wohlfarth, Pam; Hefzy, Mohamed Samir; Pourazady, Mehdi; NSF 2007 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 308-309
Publication Date: 2010
Article describes two devices created for a custodian with traumatic brain injury to reduce stress on his back while working. The tools included: (1) a device that allowed the custodian to clean the backs of chairs while standing upright (as opposed to bending and risking back injury) and (2) an ergonomically designed broom that enabled the custodian to reach completely beneath a chair for sweeping without strenuous bending and reaching. The material used to construct the seat back cleaner was PVC pipe. The ergonomic broom consists of an angled handle and a replaceable broom head with a threaded connection. The total cost of all the parts was about $100. The devices were designed by medical and industrial engineering students at the University of Toledo.
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Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2007/Chapter18,University%20of%20Toledo.pdf