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Safety Focus: Rotolift aims to eliminate musculoskeletal injuries in warehouses with Roto racking roller

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article image The Roto Rack Roller allows floor based pallets to be lifted to a height of 1500mm
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In the second in this series highlighting finalists in the 2012 WorkSafe Awards we turn to an Australian designed and manufactured product that has been developed with the aim of tackling the most common workplace injury in warehouses.

The company involved here is Rotolift , a division of S&D Engineering that specialises in the design and manufacture of pallet elevators. As with Equipment Safety Systems, the company has been nominated in the 'Best Solution to a Workplace Health and Safety Issue' category of the awards.

Rotolift was nominated for an innovative pull out slide mechanism it developed for storage pallet racking. The slide mechanism was developed with the intention of eliminating the risk of musculoskeletal injuries incurred by warehouse personnel consistently bending over to pick products from a floor based pallet.

Using the Roto Rack Roller, personnel can roll out a loaded pallet clear from the pallet storage rack, allowing for easier access and picking at a safe working height. A fully loaded CHEP or Euro pallet can be extracted from storage pallet racking up to a height of 1500mm, allowing personnel to load and unload, or manual pick palletised products as required.

The mechanism bolts into standard storage pallet racking, and also features a failsafe locking system that requires two steps before the unit can be extended. Firstly, the unit requires the bottom lock release to be slid into position, which will release the initial locking system. The secondary lock is operated by twisting the draw bar upward. As this is being done the Roto Rack unit can then be pulled out to the extended position.

Run by WorkSafe Victoria , the annual WorkSafe Awards "celebrate businesses, groups or individuals who are making a dedicated commitment to safety, health and wellbeing and return to work in their workplace."

Winners of the 2012 awards will be announced at the WorkSafe Awards Presentation, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1st November, 2012.

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