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With Manut-LM, say goodbye to manual handling!

If you own a warehouse, a construction site or a company with stock, handling certainly has no secrets for you. Thus, as you surely know, there are now many devices capable of relieving your employees in their daily manual handling operations.

Discover the different types of handling equipment and all our Manut-LM cobotic solutions to secure and simplify your manual handling operations.

Published on 29 August 2023 - Doug Gimie

Manual handling equipment: what you need to know

Manual handling involves manually moving loads. When it comes to large industries (construction or food industry for example), employees are required to manually carry out operations of movement and transport of heavy equipment on a repetitive basis.

These physically intensive operations had an inevitable consequence: employees suffered from occupational diseases in the long term.

Fortunately, devices to optimize performance and physical effort have been designed and improved over the years.

Check them out.

What are the different manual handling devices used in the construction and agri-food sectors?

In these two sectors, there are different manual handling devices and equipment depending on the load to be handled.

The construction sector

Bag handling

The use of manual handling is common in the construction sector. For example, repetitive bag handling is a strenuous activity that requires physical exertion that can put operators at risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

However, there are solutions that make it possible to eliminate human risks by moving the bags ergonomically without difficulty, thanks to adapted suction cups.

This lifting device
allows the bag to be lifted, tipped for spillage and the bag to be rotated without resorting to physical exertion.

Panel handling

For this operation, lifting tube manipulators are once again ideal.

And in this case, what could be more effective than a Master Plus-Option Basculeur? Designed for ergonomic panel handling, this lifting device can carry and tilt bulky loads weighing up to 180 kilos.

Block handling

In order to handle heavy blocks safely, gripping tools are the solution you need! Indeed, the Electric Autonomous Handling Suction Cup can support a load of up to 140 kilos horizontally and 70 kilos vertically.

In addition, once attached to a stacker, they allow the operator to enjoy perfect autonomy on delicate handling operations.
Our device is ideal for glazed, plastic or metal surfaces.

The agri-food sector

Handling of food loads

This work requires various qualities: delicacy, precision and draconian hygiene.

As a result, handling lumps of butter, lifting cheese wheels or handling meatloaves and hams can become a painful operation.

For these operations, suction rudder beams are ideal. With them, operators maximize their productivity while avoiding any risk of MSDs because they are made of stainless steel, are naturally antibacterial and prove to be easy to handle.

Bin handling

Bin handling is common in the agri-food industry.

In order to move the bins safely while multiplying your productivity, opt for the GM-Bins handling stacker ! This manual handling trolley is custom-adaptable to all types and shapes of bins.

Carton handling

In the food industry, there are various solutions for handling cartons, regardless of their shape or weight.

For example, cranes and overhead cranes

allow operators to handle cartons ergonomically by completely eliminating the weight of their load.

What preventive measures should you take to ensure the safety of your handlers?

In order to prevent accidents at work that occur on construction sites, the employer and his operators must emphasize prevention.

For this, it is necessary to take into account the following recommendations:

  • The employer must carry out an in-depth sensitization of his workers for their individual protection;
  • Operators must be vigilant in their workplace to determine if necessary the risks not yet detected;
  • The employer must train its operators to adopt the right gestures and postures with regard to manual handling;
  • The employer and employees must comply with the Labour Code;
  • The employer must recruit an occupational physician;
  • Operators must check their handling equipment regularly before use;
  • Employees must wear safety footwear for personal protection.

While manual handling used to be a painful operation, advances in technology have made it possible to considerably improve the working conditions of all operators.

At Manut-LM, we manufacture and develop ergonomic and innovative machines. These easy-to-use devices
will facilitate your manual load handling operations
while ensuring total safety for your operators.

What is manual handling?

Manual handling is the manual movement of a load for storage, shipment or sale.

What are the different types of handling equipment?

There are two types of material handling equipment, namely:

  • Manual devices;
  • And motorized devices.
What does food load handling involve?

Food handling consists of handling, among other things: meatloaf and ham, wheels of butter or cheese. For more information on how to handle food products, visit
the TAWI website

What is the difference between manual handling and mechanical handling?

Manual handling involves manually moving loads, while mechanical handling involves a variety of lifting devices.

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