Ma­te­ri­als han­dling de­vice with a dif­fer­ence

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Cre­ativ­ity, in­no­va­tion and de­sign have come to­gether, win­ning Makinex Con­struc­tion Prod­ucts’ Pow­ered Hand Truck Safe Work Aus­tralia’s Award for Good De­sign.

The ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary’ ma­chine, the Pow­ered Hand Truck, re­places the need for a fork­lift and has the po­ten­tial to cut shoul­der and back in­juries in the work­place. The uni­ver­sal ma­te­ri­als han­dling so­lu­tion that en­ables one per­son to safely lif t and load small equip­ment or bulky goods weigh­ing up to 140kg (309lbs) pro­vides a quick and easy al­ter­na­tive to us­ing a fork­lift or tail­gate loader for small loads.

The in­au­gu­ral Safe Work Aus­tralia Award for Good De­sign was se­lected from fi­nal­ists across all cat­e­gories in the 2016 Good De­sign Awards. Makinex were pre­sented with their award as part of the 2016 Good De­sign Awards cer­e­mony on 27 May.

Since us­ing the Pow­ered Hand Truck, Aus­tralian com­pany Ken­nard’s Hire has seen a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in shoul­der and back in­juries. It has be­come an in­dis­pens­able piece of equip­ment in Ken­nards Hire across Aus­tralia and New Zealand, says Ken­nards.

“A fo­cus on health and safety in de­sign helps elim­i­nate haz­ards and risks be­fore they en­ter the work­place. Good work de­sign can rad­i­cally trans­form the work­place in ways that ben­e­fit the busi­ness, work­ers, clients and oth­ers in the sup­ply chain,” said Safe Work Aus­tralia Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Michelle Baxter.

Makinex is an Aus­tralian- owned pri­vate com­pany that says it has been ex­pert in the de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and dis­tri­bu­tion of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts since 2004, pro­vid­ing solutions to the con­struc­tion, land­scap­ing, equip­ment hire, in­fra­struc­ture and re­lated in­dus­tries.

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