A duct lift is an engineering control that helps reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) from manual material handling, stooped postures and overhead work. It is a device used to raise duct systems to the desired level for installation. The lift is made up of a supportive base, lifting power source, vertical beam, lifting forks or loading platforms.
Sheet metal and HVAC workers must work overhead when installing duct systems. Using duct lifts allows materials to be raised to the desired workspace without placing stress on the body. The lift supports the weight of the duct and other materials.
Figure 1. Duct Lift
Lifting ducts can cause MSD from stooping, lifting and carrying. Using a duct lift, decreases the need for workers to manually lift materials, in both stooped postures and overhead, and reduces the risk for shoulder, neck and low back injuries.
Dan Anton, PT, PhD, ATC and Cassie Malecha, DPT – Eastern Washington University
Genie Super Hoist
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