Many activities on the industrial and commercial sectors are associated with constantly lifting and moving loads, often resulting in extreme strains and stresses for the back and spinal column.
Companies meanwhile are increasingly tending to use lifting tables as a preventive aid in the interests of ergonomic workflows while also drastically reducing back problems, as well as improving occupational safety aspects.
Although the use of lifting tables is constantly on the increase, at present they are still inadequately known and used. More clarification is urgently needed.
A good lifting table must do more than just bring the loads to the ergonomically best working height. Important details including easy handling, simple adjustment, adapted platform sizes, foot clearance etc. are vital in the interests of a back-friendly working position.
Loading and unloading is facilitated, operators can conserve their strength; signs of fatigue are even reduced while boosting performance levels. Flexible deployment possibilities through mobile solutions with troublefree integration at any workplace mean that lifting tables can be adapted to the specific working conditions.
Qualified analysis of the workplace is necessary in advance in order to decide which equipment is needed.
Additional processes may be appropriate, with individuals obtaining qualified advice from workplace specialists such as occupational physicians, physiotherapists or also attending a back school in order to learn and improve back-friendly behaviour (e.g. how to lift and carry things correctly).
As a basic rule: the best chances of success come from combining various back-friendly aids, such as the lifting tables described above, with behavioural training and possibly also muscular training. This reduces the problems of the individual worker together with the sick leave levels. The employees will be more motivated. This should also be in the interests of every employer. Aids such as lifting tables and mobile lift systems reduce the strain during installation work and/or when handling heavy parts, pallets, crates or other transport equipment in the workplace. This applies particularly to installation workplaces where strains come not only from the weight of the parts but also from the continuous movement patterns. Mobile lift systems lift, tilt, shake, turn, lower, grip, move and swivel loads, thus fostering ergonomic work processes.