The Importance of Ergonomically Designed Hand Trucks and Other Material Handling Equipment

In January 2017, Liberty Mutual published its Workplace Safety Index, which assessed the top 10 causes of the most debilitating workplace injuries in the US. The leading cause was “overexertion involving outside sources,” which included injuries involving pushing, pulling, lifting and holding objects. This accounted for 23% of workplace injuries and almost $14 billion in expenses.

Modern, ergonomically designed hand trucks and other material handling equipment can keep workers from getting hurt. Consequently, they can help companies save a considerable amount of money.

Ergonomics in the Material Handling Industry

Applied Ergonomics once published a study entitled “Usability of manual handling aid for transporting materials.” Although it came out quite a few years ago, the study touches on many of the needs and issues that workers face today regarding material-handling equipment.

The study draws upon the results of a survey given to 90 workers who used equipment like cylinder trolleys and …

A Few Milestones in the History of the Material Handling Industry


Move Material Easier with Stair Climbing Dollies and Hand Trucks

People may not think much about hand trucks until they need to move something heavy or unwieldy. When that time comes, the value of these devices and similar pieces of equipment becomes clear.

Warehouses, delivery companies and others can now find a variety of durable, long-lasting hand trucks, which can handle hundreds of lbs. of material at a time. However, people may not know about more specialized equipment that can make different tasks easier. Here are three types of products that enable people to transport material safely:

Stair Climbing Dolly

A stair climbing dolly allows people to transport heavy loads quickly and safely up a flight of stairs. These devices have an electric motor-powered lifting mechanism, which extends and presses down on a stair. This reduces the effort needed to pull the dolly and its load up the staircase. Available devices let users adjust the speed of the mechanism to ensure their safety.

Also, the stair climbing dolly’s lifting mechanism can work like a bra…

3 Products which Make It Easier to Handle and Transport Material

Logistics and product delivery companies and several other types of businesses must transport items to and from different locations on a regular basis. To do this, they need to hire workers with the strength to load, unload and carry packages. They also need to acquire and maintain vehicles which allow them to move materials over longer distances.

However, companies often need more tools than manpower and trucks. Here are three products which make it easier for people to transport heavy, cumbersome material:

1) Dollies

Warehouses rely on dollies to move objects which may be too big or too heavy for people to lift. There are different kinds of dollies, which have different capabilities. Pallet dollies, for example, are platforms with rollers on their sides. They enable people to transport heavy material without using a forklift. Some recent pallet dolly models also have pierced frames or towing hitches, which let people pull their material with a handle or tugger.

2) Hand Trucks

A hand truc…