How to minimise back injuries caused by heavy lifting

What causes back injuries?

Did you know that your back muscles aren’t designed for lifting heavy weights which is why many people suffer from back injuries?
These injuries can cause short term pain to a long-term injury which means a potential recovery period of weeks to months.
Factors such as loading and unloading heavy items and working on uneven surfaces, put you at risk of developing muscular related issues such as lower back pain.
Many jobs fall into the categories of performing these tasks and that’s why the following steps will help you to minimise the impact of heavy lifting:

3 steps you can take to minimise the incidence of back injuries

  • Train yourself on how to handle loads safely
  • Ensure you take regular breaks to reduce physical fatigue
  • Use powered machines that help to reduce or eliminate the risk

  • Makinex Construction Products are passionate about inventing and manufacturing products that provide professional contractors and tradespeople with a safer and more efficient way to get their job done.
    The Award winning Makinex Powered Hand Truck (PHT) is no exception with the ability to help users lift up to 140kg independently.

    To ensure you’re able to lift a huge variety of shapes and sizes, the PHT is available with several attachments.

    What Makinex Customers say about the PHT

    This is what James Allessi, Branch Manager off Kennards Woollara had to say about the Makinex Powered Hand Truck;

    “We use the PHT regularly around the branch lifting brick saws, Generators and other small equipment. I used to wake up sore in the mornings with back pain from all the lifting of equipment, and I don’t seem to have that problem anymore now that I use the PHT”.

    To learn more about how the Makinex Powered Hand Truck can keep you working safely and efficiently, check out the Makinex PHT Page here or contact Makinex 1300 795 953

    Increase workplace efficiency with the Powered Hand Truck!

    Discover how Central Steel Build overcame their lifting challenge…


    Central Steel Build is a steel building manufacturer who design and build facilities across a diverse range of residential and commercial applications. These include domestic sheds and garages and offices through to rural and aviation building solutions.

    The materials Central Steel Build use to build are bulky, heavy and sometimes difficult to lift where they need them to be and it was this challenge that led them to Makinex Construction Products.


    The specific challenge that Central Steel Build presented to Makinex was moving 4.8m long web trusses up off a welding jig onto movable trolleys.

    They were currently using an overhead crane to perform this task and they wanted a more efficient solution to help them with this so the crane could be used more effectively elsewhere.

    Harvey Edmonds from Central Steel Build explains their challenge; “…we had used our overhead cranes to lift trusses. This took up valuable crane operation time, and it limited our work area to the reach of the crane.”


    Makinex demonstrated how their Powered Hand Truck with sling attachment could be used as an alternative lifting solution for the web trusses which range from 3.6 to 6m in length, have an estimated height of 450mm and weigh between 60 – 90kg.


    The results are extremely pleasing as the Makinex Powered Hand Truck is able to successfully lift the 4.8m Web Trusses off the welding jig and onto the movable trolleys ready for the next stage in the building and manufacturing process and here is what Central Steel Build had this to say about the results;

    “The Makinex Powered Hand Truck has been a great innovation for our workshop. It saves us up to an hour each day in lifting the web tresses which over a period of a year, adds up to substantial time savings.  It’s also enabled us to keep a more flexible work-space to run with no down time waiting on overhead cranes or forklifts and a result we’ve improved our flow and productivity.

    Previously, we had used our overhead cranes to lift trusses. This took up valuable crane operation time, and it limited our work area to the reach of the crane. The hand truck solved both of these problems – saving us time, streamlining our flow and ultimately saving us money.”

    Check out the video below to see the Powered Hand Truck in action!

    Check out Central Steel Build’s gallery of projects.






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