The Benefits of Ergonomic Interventions

How Tri-Motion Air Balancing Hoists Can Help!

“Manual material handling (MMH) is the top reason for workers compensation claims and lost time injuries,” stated Jim Galante, chairman of MHI’s Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE). Most of these claims are related to the lower and upper back, which are among the most expensive claims. Ergonomic intervention programs can significantly reduce those incidents. New equipment, designed to make lifting easier, can make the workplace safer and more efficient. If your existing equipment is no longer appropriate for the newer materials or processes involved, ergonomic issues and product inefficiencies can be the result.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) cost employers between $45 and $54 billion per year in workers compensation, lost wages, and lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control. “The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries performed a comprehensive review of 250 case studies of ergonomic programs, and reported that the average incidence rate of work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD) was reduced by 65 percent by implementing ergonomics programs and/or equipment interventions” says Jeff Hoyle from the Ergonomics Center at North Carolina State University. It may be impractical for MMH tasks to be done 100 percent ergonomically due to expense, time, and other considerations. But even just fixing part of the problem will move your company toward the goal of a safer and more efficient workplace. For more information regarding the EASE program visit To see how Tri-Motion can help with your ergonomic application, view our full line of air balancing hoists at

Posted on 09/28/2018 by Tri-Motion Industries

Tri-Motion's Quest In Repetitive Lifting

Finding The Right Lifting Heights Without Injury!

Material handling can be a dangerous prospect. As indicated by a current report by The Travelers Companies, Inc. see full report, material handling is the most common reason for physical injury in the work environment. Their Injury Impact Report studied more than 1.5 million workers compensation claims from 2010 to 2014. At the highest priority on the rundown was material handling, making up 32 percent of the aggregate cases.

This ought not come as a shock. Most stockroom settings require items to arrive at the end goal location in as rapid a manner as possible. Time is cash, and the more time it takes to achieve the errand, the less profit is earned. Be that as it may, the unintended outcomes of processing the item faster can also possibly decrease profit. Issues identified with repetitive lifting motion, slips, falls, and other ergonomic perils put laborers at hazard, especially during the picking procedure.

The approach to picking an item can be loaded with peril in many distribution center settings. Even when things are efficiently organized, a combination of different factors can combine to make the picking process dangerous.

In a perfect world, all picking occurs inside the picker's preferred lifting zone. This zone, as indicated by the University of Virginia, lies in the range between the knees and the shoulders. This is the zone where twisting and stretching are least likely to occur. However, the material handling world is not always a perfect world.

Storing too low can cause torment in the back. Many distribution centers utilize the space underneath racks for greater capacity storage, frequently for heavier things. Utilizing these areas might be productive in terms of increased stockpiling of products, but it can be counter-productive ergonomically as the picker is now dealing outside their safe lifting zone.

In getting to things stored too low, a picker has to shift an abnormal amount of their weight to their back as they bend at their midsection. At that position, the picker must also reach to recover the item, putting even more stress on their muscles. While endeavoring to pick from these areas, pickers likewise have to maintain a strategic distance to avoid hitting their head on the rack above them.

Storing too high is also problematic. High racks are intended for effective stockpiling of additional items, however, they are not ideal for safe picking. Pickers frequently endeavor to go after items on racks which are higher than their shoulder stature. This can be perilous to a great degree. Items at this stature regularly put the picker in unbalanced positions bringing about enormous fatigue on neck and shoulder muscles. Also, other items which are close to the product may fall on the picker, bringing on additional damage.

The ideal solution involves doing product picking in an ergonomically safe and efficient manner. Material handling solutions such as Bal-Trol air balancing hoists and controls are just one of many possible solutions which may be considered to increase ergonomic efficiency and reduce injury in the workplace.

With a wide range of pneumatic hoist to choose from, we are able to help with most air balancing Applications no matter big or small. Call Tri-Motion Industries today at 813-884-6600.

Posted on 05/15/2017 by Tri-Motion Industries


Why Tri-Motion Air Balancing Hoists Can Help!

Even though warehouses and factories are becoming more automated, manual material handling (MMH) is still useful, and even required in some applications. To reduce the possibility of injuries to workers from the repetitive movements required in manual material handling implies organizations must consider ergonomic intercessions. Two main considerations affect the need to enhance manual material handling strategies: the accessible pool of employees and market requests.

The workforce, on average, is becoming older. In 1972, the arithmetic mean age of U.S. laborers was 28 years of age, and today it is 46 years of age. The quantity of workers ages 45 and over has been multiplied by a factor of two since 1950. AARP says the number of workers who are 55 or older is anticipated to ascend to 25 million this year, and 32 million in the year 2025.

One might wonder why this is the case at this time. "People are living longer," noted Jim Galante of Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment (EASE) Council and director for Southworth Products Corp, an MHI member. "In 2009, when the recession hit, it took a lot of people’s retirement plans and threw them out the window. Many people are working longer today because they can't afford to retire." Others choose to work, partially because of a social belief that individuals who remain dynamic will live longer and have more healthful lives.

Around 60 percent of all workers’ compensation claims for injuries resulting in lost time are related to manual material handling. Ergonomic material handling equipment such as air balancing hoists can drastically lessen the danger of injuries caused by repetitive movement and other injuries. "Employing these interventions is especially important, if not essential, for older and/or obese workers," Galante said. "If we can put that worker into a position where he’s comfortable and doesn’t have to bend, reach, stoop and twist, he can be productive regardless of age or weight. This will make it less likely they will hurt themselves. Ergonomics is an absolute necessity."

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Here at Tri-Motion Industries, we have seen the increasing need for lift assist devices throughout manufacturing and industrial facilities both in the USA and abroad. As a leading air hoist manufacturer we take pride in the variety of air balancing hoists we offer to suit our customers various applications. For example we recently introduced a new PH20/4 with 500lb capacity adding to the already extensive line of air balancing hoists. Reducing workers compensation, employee injury and manufacturing down time is key! See how a Tri-Motion air balancing hoist can help you today call 813-884-6600.

Posted on 03/08/2017 by Tri-Motion Industries

How Can A Bal-Trol® Air Balancer Hoist Help Reduce Operate Fatigue And Prevent Workplace Injuries?

In manual bag palletizing operations, the effects of operator position, palletizing condition, and pallet orientation on low back loads was recently documented in the published article From ResearchGate. Study after study show whether you are lifting bags, boxes, heavy objects or finished goods like should take the utmost concern for your safety and use best practices when lifting heavy loads. Our Bal-Trol air balancer hoist can help with many applications where lifting heavy objects can be of worker threat. An air balancer hoist can assist with a variety of applications such as pick and place, constant weight balancing, or remote from load. Looking for an Air Balancer Hoist to fit your needs then check out this simple criteria list. A common air balancer hoist has an average cost of $1,250 - $1,750 and runs on 80PSI. This is a small price to pay for your workers safety. Our Bal-Trol air balancer hoist contains no expensive electronic parts or computer components that fail, have moisture damage and does not require additional programming. We offer a vast selection of controls, mounting options and can customize any unit to fit your needs. We look forward to working with you on your next air balancer hoist application.

Posted on 09/11/2015 by Tri-Motion Industries

Hoist Manufacturers and Air Balancers Can Help With Spinal Damage and Lower Back Injuries!

Different Pneumatic Lift Assist Devices Can Help....HOW?

Through the dawn of time, man kind has endured many manual, back breaking tasks whether that be laborious hours on end or using their bodies in the wrong manner when lifting heavy loads. Proper positioning and posture is key when tackling these daunting tasks. Lower back injuries are extremely common and can be costly for not only for the employee but also the employer.

Over the years, many types of lift assist devices have evolved including air balancers for repetitive heavy lifting, self-leveling pallet carousels, adjustable carts, pallet stackers, platform lifts and the list goes on.

The rigorous strain that is placed on your back when enduring manual back breaking work can be prevented with a variety of devices including Air Balancers. Read the full case study that was issued through the MHI Association on behalf of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Case Study. Here at Tri-Motion Industries we pride ourselves on producing top of the line air balancers that help with these arduous tasks, reduce operate fatigue and downtime associated with back injuries. We look forward to working with you on your next repetitive lifting application.

Posted on 08/06/2015 by Tri-Motion Industries

Eliminate Repetitive Lifting With A Pneumatic Hoist!

Eliminating repetitive lifting in the workplace can save a company thousands of dollars. When a worker injures his/her back or shoulders, and can no longer work during recovery, the expenses incurred can add up quickly. The company usually has to cover these expenses.

Bal-Trol cable hoists are perfect lift assist devices and are specifically designed to eliminate these work related injuries. Our Bal-Trol cable hoist can be mounted just about anywhere in the work area and only requires an 80 PSI compressed air line to operate our pneumatic hoist. Check out our full line of air balancing equipment under the Bal-Trol Hoists tab.

Posted on 05/07/2015

How to minimize back injuries in the workplace

How to minimize back injuries in the workplace

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Posted on 12/23/2014 by Tri-Motion Industries