If frequently moving objects between floors, in most cases, you’ll need to make use of mechanical lifting equipment to reduce manual handling risks. There are two types of equipment you can use to help eliminate movements and issues that can lead to injuries when pulling a load upstairs – namely, a service lift or a stair-climbing sack truck.
Service lifts come in all shapes and sizes, from a small dumbwaiter with a load capacity starting from 50kg to quickly carry waist-height items to another level to larger floor-level service lifts for moving trolleys and roll cages.
Service lifts are popular, especially where high-level use is the norm. They can move anything from a few bottles of wine to a beer barrel. They are a less expensive option compared to larger goods-only lifts, quick to install and with routine maintenance, and have a long lifespan.
By choosing this option, you are completely removing the need to carry heavy objects upstairs.
A stair-climbing sack truck help, as the name suggests, to walk loads upstairs. Using three wheels arranged in a triangular pattern on each side enables a user to effectively pull the load up or down each step. There’s a huge range of stair climber sack trucks, some with extra features such as electric motors to make pulling and pushing easier or folding so it can be neatly stored away.
Here’s a simple comparison between the two choices of equipment…
Although both can help to remove the difficulty of transporting heavy loads up flights of stairs, a lift is always the safest option for vertically transporting loads.
Manual handling needs to be planned carefully, or you could damage the item you’re moving, and poor handling can cause anything from a minor accident to a more serious injury.
Following the basic principles with the correct technique and posture will protect your workforce when moving heavy objects up and down a flight of stairs and help prevent injury. You’ll find more guidance in Stannah’s downloadable guide.
When assessing which material handling systems best fits your needs, you must consider your building layout and the type of goods/loads/materials you need to transfer around. No company can offer all the above solutions and products. Depending on the needs and requirements of your business, you have a variety of manufacturers to choose from.
When it comes to service and goods lifts and heavy-duty lifts, you know you can rely on a lift designed and manufactured by Stannah. With over 150 years in installing and servicing a range of lifts, the company is ideally suited to help.
Still unsure? Then download your FREE guide to service and goods lifts.
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