In an article in the current issue of the WTG Manufacturing and Supply Chain News, manufacturing journalist TR Cutler looked at the role that Lift’n Buddy is playing to provide cost containment and avoid back injuries with their electric hand-truck.
The NSC reports that a single work-related disabling injury costs an employer an average of $48,000. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) estimates, based on 2009 data, that medical costs comprise 58 percent of the overall costs of a lost-time claim, and that number keeps climbing. (In fact, the number has risen 11 percent in the past 20 years.) High medical and pharmaceutical costs are driving this hike, but economic conditions—including workers worried about returning to jobs with an uncertain future—are supporting these increases.
According to Aaron Lamb, inventor of Lift’n Buddy, “Workers’ compensation claims can be more costly than vehicle accidents. Across the country users of standard hand trucks have been slammed by workers’ compensation rates that, in some states, have nearly tripled over the last few years. Companies must do the right thing and reduce injuries and see workers’ compensation rates drop.”
Avoiding just one work-related injury claim would offset the costs of a fleet of Lift’n Buddy electric hand trucks. Lamb proudly asserts that, “Our cost-effective revolutionary mobile lifting device combines the best of a standard two-wheeler’
Heavy-duty hand trucks cause more than one-third of all material handling injuries, whether used in deliveries, moving product in a warehouse, or on the manufacturing plant floor. Ergologistics manufactures innovative products for the health and welfare of material handling workers. Manufactured in Fargo, North Dakota, the company is a proud member of MHIA (Material Handling Industry of America) as well as the National Safety Council.
Designed with proper ergonomics and safety in mind for any person and any moving and lifting job, these mobile lifting devices, fabricated of durable, lightweight, extruded aluminum, help companies avoid the financial exposure of employee injury, litigation, and workers’ compensation claims.
Ergonomically safe and environmentally friendly
Since the electric hand trucks require no oil, gas, hydraulic fluid, or maintenance of any kind. Completely electric and geared for life, even the battery is 100 % recyclable.
This hand-truck market is estimated at more than $30 billion annually; Lift’n Buddy is poised to capture a significant share of the market in 2012 because the cost of back injuries is more than $250 billion annually; these injuries are avoidable.
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