Work trolleys come in many shapes and sizes and can be adapted to transport just about anything. In industrial and manufacturing facilities, a mobile battery-powered lifting trolley is particularly useful. By using a lifting trolley to lift and shift heavy things, many of the risky elements connected to manual handling are eliminated.
Here are 7 important advantages of lifting trolleys in the most common areas of use.
1. Reduced fatigue and improved ergonomics
Manual handling is not only exhausting and lowers short-term productivity; it is also a frequent cause of serious injuries due to poor ergonomics. With around 28 incidents per 10 000 full-time workers per year and 12 work-days lost on average, overexertion and bodily reaction stands out as the main cause of lost workdays in the United States. An electric lifting trolley efficiently removes the demanding aspects of lifting from the equation, which enables a more ergonomic work environment. This in turn improves employee health and productivity.
2. Appropriate for many types of loads
By choosing the right tools for your electric lifting trolley, it can be successfully used for ergonomic lifting of boxes, drums, reels, crates, and many other common loads. TAWI’s lifting trolleys will also allow you to rotate, turn and tilt goods. This of course ads great flexibility when moving and lifting heavy things weighing up to 250 kg.
3. Reduced risk of accidents and injury
Just as improved ergonomics results in positive long-term health effects, the risk of critical injuries caused by material handling accidents is greatly reduced when using trolley lifting equipment. Implementing specialized and safe tools to securely lift and move goods is one of the most effective ways to improve a company’s “days without accidents” score.
4. Protection of transported goods
Manual handling often ends up damaging the goods being lifted and moved. This is obviously both inconvenient and costly but can be avoided. A lifting trolley will securely lift and carry heavy and cumbersome goods, effectively avoiding procedures that risk damaging materials.
5. Increased productivity
From a business perspective, lifting trolleys tend to be excellent investments. Alone or in combination with other handling equipment, they will reduce cycle times and enhance productivity in almost any industrial or manufacturing setting.
6. Hygienic benefits
Lifting trolleys can also be designed for safe material handling in facilities with strict sanitary requirements, such as food- or pharmaceutical processing. TAWI’s stainless-steel trolleys are built to be easy to clean and can even be washed down with high pressure.
7. Outstanding movability and flexibility
Compared to full-size lift trucks, the compact and lightweight design of a lifting trolley is ideal for material handling in areas where space is limited, and goods may be hard to reach. In addition, a lifting trolley takes up very little space when not in use.
Lifting trolleys are ideal for ensuring great ergonomics and efficiency in situations where flexibility is essential. Their modular construction makes TAWI’s lifting trolleys especially flexible, as they can be fitted with a wide selection of tools. Tools that allow operators to lift, lower, turn, tilt, rotate and move goods with little to no physical effort. Easy operation means that anyone can use the trolleys, which also enables flexibility in the workforce.
Well-organized loading and unloading is key to an efficient logistic process. Taking a step towards automation in your manual handling processes is an essential strategy to make your logistic workforce more efficient. Ergonomic lifting equipment offers you a step from a fully manual handling position onto the journey of automation – a quick, cost-efficient and sustainable step.
This is the story of how TAWI helped Qualiphar create a healthier and safer workplace for their employees. (As it turns out, we ended up improving productivity as well.) Continue reading to learn all about this exciting journey.
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