Spreaderig is a rig to support the handling of heavy hydraulic tools of the fire brigade by using a technique known from the film industry, where it is used to carry and balance massive cameras.
The problem we recognised during our visit at the fire brigade is a highly unergonomic tool, that is extremely hard to handle. By carrying up to 25 kg, the firefighter is forced into several exhausting positions, distracting him from the actual task. For longer operations over 10 minutes, they need more operators to be able to switch.
Instead of changing the spreader itself, what is extremely limited, we searched for a solution to move the weight closer to the balance point of the body. Spreaderig transfers the weight, normally carried by the arms to the torso, what allows firefighters to operate more freely and precisely.