James Wood

I’ve touched on this in previous newsletters but I thought I’d share it with you again. Do you have any idea how much it costs to modify equipment?

So I drive a car using hand controls, the brake and accelerator are controlled by my right hand and I steer with the left hand. These controls cost between $2000 and $15000 depending on if they are mechanical or electrical.

This means that you and I could go to a car dealer tomorrow and buy two new cars but on top of the price I paid, I need to find an extra $2-15K to get hand controls fitted.

I’m also looking at what I can do to protect my shoulders getting into and out of the car, so the choice of a ramp, a hoist or a plate that raises up to the seat, and then maybe a wheelchair lifter so that I don’t have to manually lift it in and out of the car.

I spoke with a vehicle modification specialist and he was rattling off figures of $10K, $18K, $25K and on and on. He actually told me that some people can spend more money on modifications than they spend on the vehicle purchase!

This is where I get annoyed when people say to me “If you get hurt at work, Compo will fix things”

Trust me on this… Compo doesn’t fix things!

costs, james wood, safety speaker, stay safe, wheelchair, woody
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