Cabinet Lifting Device

A cabinet lifting device transports and lifts and holds cabinets at various heights for easy installation.

Description:

The cabinet lift is an engineering control that may help reduce heavy lifting, stooped postures, overhead work, and kneeling & squatting. Cabinet lifts transport and lift and hold materials, such as cabinets, at various heights for easy installation.

A cabinet lifting device is an equipment that has a locking winch that lifts a fork to support materials.

Telpro Inc.® makes the CABINETIZER™ Cabinet Lift Complete Lift 76 (figure 1).  This winch-style lift can support material up to 72 inches, can support up to 300 pounds, and can install upper or lower cabinets.  It has a wheeled base which doubles as a dolly to move cabinets or other material.  Available accessories include a boom extender to give the CABINETIZER an extra two feet of height (figure 2) and an drill system to enable a motorized cranking option (via a power drill).

Figure 1.  The CABINETIZER™ Cabinet Lift Complete 76 with the counter top base to install upper cabinets.

Figure 2.  The CABINETIZER™ Upper Boom Extender model 68-06


Risks Addressed:

Heavy lifting and stooped postures can cause low back disorders, such as muscle strain or a disc herniation (“slipped disc”), which is bulging of disc material possibly pressing on the spinal cord or nerves that go into the leg. The cabinet lifting device can help reduce heavy lifting by supporting items instead of requiring the user to adopt a stooped posture while holding the same item.
 
Overhead work can cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as shoulder muscle strains; tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendons; or rotator cuff tears, which is a rupture of a shoulder tendon. The cabinet jack can help reduce overhead holding by supporting cabinets or drywall during installation.
 
Prolonged kneeling can cause MSDs such as prepatellar bursitis (housemaid’s knee), which is swelling on the front of the kneecap, and osteoarthritis of the knee (degenerative joint disease). The cabinet lift can help reduce prolonged kneeling by reducing the amount of time spent kneeling while installing low items.

How Risks are Reduced:

A cabinet lifting device reduces heavy lifting and stooped postures, overhead work, and prolonged kneeling and squatting because it supports the material being installed, allowing easier installation and increases the installer’s ability to take breaks during installation.
 
Safety and health experts believe cabinet lifting devices will help reduce exposure to heavy lifting and stooped postures, overhead work, and prolonged kneeling and squatting since the material is held in mounting position by the lift.

Safety and health experts believe cabinet lifting devices will help reduce exposure to heavy lifting and stooped postures, overhead work, and prolonged kneeling and squatting since the material is held in mounting position by the jack.


Effects on Productivity:

A cabinet lifting device may increase productivity by allowing more cabinets to be installed due to the ease of positioning and holding the cabinets without heavy lifting or stooping hazards.

A cabinet lifting device may reduce installation mistakes caused by items slipping during attachment.


Additional Considerations:

While cabinet lifts reduce several risks, improper use of the lifts could be harmful.  It is critical to operate the CABINETIZER™ according to the manufacturers’ instructions. 

The weight of the CABINETIZER™ (85 pounds) may make it difficult to move around job sites.

Per the manufacturer, the CABINETIZER™ can be used for televisions, air conditioners, heaters, microwaves, range hoods, shelves, garage organizers, and electronic components.


Contributors:

Dan Anton, PT, PhD, ATC – Eastern Washington University
Jean Christophe Le, MPH – CPWR The Center for Construction Research and Training


Hazards Addressed:

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