Materials handling > Lifting

Awards to highlight manual handling innovations

22 June, 2016

If you've got an innovation to share that helps to prevent manual handling injuries in the workplace, there's still time to enter the 2016 WorkSafe Victoria Awards.

When blowing in the wind improves mine safety

13 June, 2016

A wind-powered device is helping to maintain visibility and ensure the safety of workers on mine sites in South Australia.

Powered hand truck reducing injuries

03 June, 2016

An innovative powered hand truck is reducing shoulder and back injuries related to manual handling tasks in the workplace.

Equipois Zero G Tool Handler 

01 May, 2016

The Equipois Zero G Tool Handler allows workers to manoeuvre heavy tools with weightless efficiency and safety. It is suitable for a diverse range of industries, including mining, construction, aerospace, automotive and defence.

Wirth Oktopus glass lifter

21 March, 2016

The Oktopus from Wirth is a dual-vacuum industrial lifter designed to reduce safety hazards when installing heavy glass panels on buildings.

Female plumbers breaking trade stereotypes

10 March, 2016

When Helen Yost expressed an interest in plumbing as a trade, she was told by a male boss “girls don’t plumb” — but that hasn’t stopped her.

Genie Super Boom SX-150 telescopic boom lift

22 December, 2015

Genie has added to its Super Boom product family with the Genie SX-150 telescopic boom lift, suitable for construction, maintenance, telecommunications, gas and oil refineries, chemical maintenance and utility applications.

Pacific Hoists Challenger charity-supporting materials handling range

02 October, 2015

The Challenger charity-supporting range of materials handling products now includes the Drum Lifter, Manual Lifter Trolley and Electric Lifter Trolley.

Robot takes away the grunt work and operates safely beside humans

07 September, 2015

The UR10 robot has helped Swedish food company Orkla Foods streamline production and reduce repetitive and manual lifting for workers without extensive safety installations.

Reducing manual handling in a WA crushing plant

18 August, 2015

A Pilbara-based crushing plant in Western Australia has reduced its manual handling risks after implementing a wear liner system by Kinder & Co.

Manual handling — What to look for now?

06 August, 2015 by Jeremy Trotman, Senior Hygienist, JTA Health, Safety + Noise

In 2014 Safe Work Australia published some good news statistics: 2011–12 — serious workers compensation claims with "muscular stress while lifting, carrying, or putting down objects" listed as the mechanism of injury were down on the previous year by 21%. Even better, this was no statistical aberration; it reflected a general downward trend since 2000–01.

Time running out to convert to the national high risk work licence

22 July, 2015

Workers who operate forklifts and cranes or other high risk equipment have only six weeks left before the deadline closes for converting to the new national high risk work licence.

Allied Pickfords plastic crates and skates

15 May, 2015

The Allied Pickfords plastic crates and skates are designed to replace cardboard boxes when packing and relocating files and items for business removals.

Vest with soft robotics gives workers more power

01 April, 2015

A power vest using what experts call ‘soft robotics’ will provide back support for workers exposed to frequent heavy lifting.

Harness for heavy cylinders at coal terminal

25 March, 2015

Port Kembla Coal Terminal has a strict fire safety protocol in place, which requires up to nine heavy cylinders, each weighing 121 kg, to be regularly lifted from ground level to a height of 20 m for ongoing maintenance.

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