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Riwal Scissor Lift At Nursing Home In The Netherlands

Riwal Lifts Families to See Loved Ones in Closed Nursing Homes

May 23, 2020
Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental and sales specialist, has provided machines to nursing homes that were closed to visitors, enabling families to visit their loved ones.

Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental and sales specialist, has provided machines to nursing homes that were closed to visitors, enabling families to visit their loved ones.

On March 18, 2020, the Dutch government made the decision to close all nursing homes to visitors in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a response, Riwal started the ‘wave to family’ project. By providing aerial work platforms, Riwal has helped more than 250 persons at 12 different nursing homes in the Netherlands with seeing and talking to their loved ones at height.

To enable the visits, a Riwal employee first goes to the location to conduct a risk analysis, so that all safety and corona measures can be met during the visit. A scissor or boom lift with a working platform of more than 2.5 meters ensures that a Riwal employee operating the machine and the visitor can keep the appropriate social distance.

“At Riwal, we are pleased that we can provide some relief during this time,” said Glenn Verburg, country manager of Riwal Benelux. “It is a great example of putting social responsibility into practice. We have been approached by various care homes and what has been important is to be able to guarantee the safety of all involved. That is our highest priority.” 

Riwal, established in 1968 and headquartered in the Netherlands, is an international rental and sales specialist of aerial work platforms, telehandlers and forklifts. Riwal has 75 branch operations in 16 countries, operates more than 20.000 units and conducts business in over 70 countries.