Thanks to a specially designed quilt cover, personnel will not need to make awkward lifts when they make the beds in cabins. Behind this innovation is Mats Nordström at Stena Line, who has also produced a more easily maneuverable linen container.
Every time a quilt is shaken down into its cover you have to raise your arms above your head, and calculations show that every person who makes the beds in cabins lifts more than 15 tons of bedclothes every year in that awkward position. This made Mats Nordström, cabin manager on Stena Carisma, reconsider the situation. Two years ago he started looking for an alternative to traditional bedclothes. The result is a bed set with a combined sheet and quilt cover, a concept that he developed with the Eesibed company.
High lifts have disappeared with the new cover. The whole set is laid on the bed, and the job is done.
– When personnel tried it out it felt so quick and easy that they thought they had forgotten something! I am convinced that this will improve health figures onboard, he says.
Making the beds is as quick as it is easy. A calculation made on Stena Saga with 600 beds shows that the new method would save 47 man-hours per week.
– We have also developed new containers that are lower and narrower than the old ones and have hinged shelves and a foot support so that they are easier to push over thresholds, says Mats Nordström.
The linen containers were first used on Stena Line’s ships in the spring. Eesibed sets are used continuously on some of the company’s ships during the winter.
– There are fairly large investment costs when the new sets of bedclothes are purchased, but they are cheaper to handle than traditional bedclothes and on top of that there are savings in terms of fewer hours lost due to ill health, says Mats Nordström.