Saving thousands in labour and back injury costs with the right lifters and stackers

The need to protect employees from physical strain, fatigue and acute injuries should be enough to prompt anyone to focus on improving worker safety.

However, in addition to keeping workers safe, there are enormous cost benefits to maintaining a strong sense of employee safety in any workplace, whether its a high-rise office or a busy manufacturing or distribution plant.

Last year, SafeWork Australia released a comprehensive report that looked at the true cost of employee injuries to the economy as a whole.

The study showed that in the 2005-2006 financial year, workplace injuries cost Australia an astounding $57.5 billion – 5.9 per cent of GDP in that year.

This number rose even further by the 2008-2009 financial year, when its estimated that injuries related to work cost $60.6 billion.

The report broke down the burden of cost, and found that 5 per cent – or $3.03 billion – is passed on to employers. Employees take on 74 per cent of these costs, and the community is responsible for paying another 21 per cent.

One of the best ways to cut down on these high costs is to invest in products that can reduce or eliminate employee strain, fatigue and the risk of acute injuries.

Lifting Equipment - QuikStak Smart Stacker

Lifting Equipment – QuikStak Smart Stacker

For example, Spacepac’s QuikStak Smart Stacker is a battery powered, hydraulic machine that does all of the work, and can easily stack several items. The machine uses an adjustable infrared height sensor to ensure products are always lifted to the exact level.

Moreover, its large diameter steering wheels and extra heavy duty front wheels make it easy to move and steer, and there are even self-propelled models available.

By focusing on and investing in employee safety through the right machinery, businesses can save thousands of dollars on injury costs.

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