Materials handling device with a difference
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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