Solution Summary: Drywall Jack
The drywall jack is an engineering control that may help reduce overhead work during drywall ceiling installations.
A drywall jack uses a single, spring-locked telescoping pole.
FastCap® makes a group of jacks called the 3rd Hand Family. The 3rd Hand HD (figure 1) consist of a pole that telescopes from 57 to 144 inches (12 feet) and has a load capacity up to 150 pounds.
Figure 1. FastCap® 3rd Hand HD supporting a sheet of drywall panel (Source: https://www.fastcap.com/product/3rd-hand-hd)
T-JAK® Drywall Tool (figure 2) telescopes 53 inches to 84 inches and has a load capacity up to 400 pounds. This tool includes a two foot extension, and a pair of drywall support brackets.
Figure 2. T-JAK® Drywall Tool TJ-104D
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 drywall jack can help reduce overhead holding by supporting drywall during installation.
How Risks are Reduced:
A drywall jack reduces overhead work because it supports the drywall being installed, allowing easier installation and increases the installer’s ability to take breaks during installation.
Safety and health experts believe drywall jacks will help reduce exposure to overhead work since the material is held in position by the jack.
Effects on Productivity:
A drywall jack may increase productivity by allowing more drywalls to be installed due to the ease of positioning and holding the drywalls.
While drywall jacks reduce several risks, improper use of the jacks could be harmful. It is critical to operate the jacks according to the manufacturers’ instructions.
Dan Anton, PT, PhD, ATC; Julianne Keenan, SPT; and Benjamin Tucker, SPT– Eastern Washington University
Jean Christophe Le, MPH - CPWR The Center for Construction Research and Training
- Drywall, Glass & Floor Coverings
- Move and install drywall or panels
- Residential Construction