The column lifters – ergonomic and safe material handling in the food industry

According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), manual handling causes over 30% of all workplace injuries

These include work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as pain and injuries to arms, legs and joints, and repetitive strain injuries of various sorts. The leading causes of injury in the food and beverage industry are manual handling injuries caused by the following activities: ■ stacking/unstacking containers (such as boxes, crates and sacks); ■ pushing wheeled racks (such as oven racks and trolleys of produce); ■ cutting, boning, jointing, trussing and evisceration (such as meat and poultry); ■ packing products (such as cheese, confectionery and biscuits); ■ handling drinks containers (such as in the delivery of casks, kegs and crates)

Recommended Weight Limit (RWL) is defined as the load that the workers can lift over a substantial period (e.g., eight hours) without an increased risk of developing lower back pain. NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) recommends the maximum lifting weight of 50 lbs. (22.7 kg).

The regulation has the goal of preventing the economic, physical, and psychological effects of an injury at work.

Kittner lifting equipment is designed to minimize the risk of accidents in the workplace and increase production efficiency. The column lifter is used for loading and tipping standard meat buggies (Tote bins DIN9797) into meat processing machines as vacuum tumblers, tanks, forming machines, fillers, mixers, etc. Kittner company also produces lifting and tilting machines for various types of vessels used in the food industry, such as crates, containers, pallox, etc.

Single column loader lifter for meat buggy

The column lifters are equipped with safety switches as follow:

  • Electrical safety devices, including adjustable, upper and lower limit switches;
  • Fork with mechanical lock and mechanical fall safety device;
  • The control panel with an emergency stop button;
  • The upward and downward movement follows a safety switching scheme (Hold-to-run).
  • The vertical movement is driven by a gear motor equipped with an electrical brake that prevents the fork from falling during an accidental power cut.

Above 3050 mm lifting height, the machine has to be additionally attached to a wall, ceiling, or the device to be loaded.

Kittner strongly recommends the lifter and the surrounding working area to be secured with a safety cage. It is mandatory if discharge height (the lowest point of the fully tilted buggy to the floor) is higher than 2500mm.

Let our engineers advise you which Kittner loading device is best suited for your production!