Carl Nattrass

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Mark my words not the floor with non-marking wheels please!

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Tue, Apr 05, 2011

“My current hand truck has black rubber wheels that mark the floor. Do your hand trucks have non-marking wheels?”

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Tags: lifting dolly, safety hand truck, electric dolly, powered hand truck, none-marking wheels, motorized stair climbers

A Question of Compliance

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Tue, Apr 05, 2011

We recently spoke with a customer that bought a PowerMate to enhance jobsite safety. The company in question had been using a regular non-powered hand truck for water heater deliveries and wanted something to help offset the lost-time injuries they had been experiencing of late. (Moving water heaters can be back-breaking work, especially removing old water heaters encrusted with calcium from local hard water.)

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Tags: Injury prevention, ergonomic strategy, safety hand truck, safety moving system, HVAC moving solutions, HVAC-R, safety moving systems

PowerMate Giveaway Promotion in full Swing!

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Tue, Apr 05, 2011

L P International Inc., will be giving away a PowerMate® L-1 stair climbing hand truck to one lucky business this spring in an effort to raise awareness of this highly versatile and dependable powered safety moving machine.

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Tags: Injury prevention, hand truck, power hand truck, Announcements, Contest, HVAC moving solutions, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers, appliance dolly

Electric Dolly Provides Relief for Technicians

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Thu, Feb 03, 2011

If you have been reading the articles in this blog you may already be familiar with some of the reasons for using a PowerMate®. Labor savings and safety are two big reasons customers agree are important. But did you also know that there are less tangible benefits to using a PowerMate stair climber for residential and commercial deliveries? Your technicians, the ones most likely to be using the machines on a regular basis, will thank you for making their job easier and safer.

The fact that you also bought the machine to improve your bottom line is incidental to them. From the technician’s perspective they will notice right away the difference in the physical effort required to move product in and out of buildings. They will be less tired at the end of the day, less prone to injury, less likely to make errors due to fatigue, more likely to show up for work without muscle aches and generally enjoy their job more knowing they have this powerful tool to back them up day after day.

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Tags: moving boilers, Injury prevention, powered dolly, hand truck, electric dolly, stair climbing hand truck, safety moving system, safety moving systems, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers, appliance dolly

What's the best stair climbing hand truck for moving appliances?

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Tue, Dec 14, 2010

Moving and installing built-in appliances is problematic for a number of reasons. By their very nature built-ins are designed for a residential installation and yet are often commercial-sized appliances. Built-in fridges and stoves are high value items that often have much of their delicate components exposed. Built-in fridges are heavier than standard fridges and taller as well. The risk of damaging either the product or the customer’s property is higher when moving a built-in appliance; it is heavier and more awkward to move and there is usually less clearance.  All this makes the job for the installer much harder than moving a standard white good.

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Tags: Injury prevention, powered dolly, hand truck, power hand truck, electric dolly, stair climbing hand truck, powered hand trucks, appliance dolly

New content at powermate.info!

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Mon, Nov 29, 2010

The powermate.info website now has new content, more pictures and more opportunities for views to get intouch with PowerMate Solution Specialists. This redesign is part of our ongoing efforts to provide quality information to PowerMate customers on the benefits to safety and profitability of using our products.

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Tags: Product Information, Injury prevention, powered dolly, ergonomic strategy, hand truck, electric dolly, stair climbing hand truck, Announcements, HVAC moving solutions, HVAC-R, safety moving systems, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers, appliance dolly

A Good Ergonomics Strategy Makes Good Business Sense

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Wed, Oct 20, 2010

The value of a good ergonomics strategy goes beyond health and safety. A good ergonomics strategy can add value to your company’s business and ultimately contribute to your goals of higher profits. An ergonomics strategy can affect profit drivers like cost minimization, productivity, quality, delivery reliability, responsiveness to customer demands and flexibility. The evidence for a good ergonomics strategy is abundant in countless studies in North America and Europe that clearly illustrate the connection between profitability and healthy working conditions. Larger organizations take ergonomics seriously and have been at this game long enough to know where to look for ‘bottom line’ benefits.

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Tags: Injury prevention, powered dolly, ergonomic strategy, hand truck, power hand truck, profit drivers, safety moving system, HVAC moving solutions, HVAC-R, motorized stair climbers

PowerMate - the only stair climber approved for UK Underground

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Wed, Sep 22, 2010

PowerMate is the only powered stair climbing hand truck approved for use on the London Underground.

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Tags: Injury prevention, powered dolly, hand truck, power hand truck, electric dolly, safety moving system, safety moving systems, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers

Absolutely Brilliant!

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Wed, Sep 22, 2010

In much of the European Union laws have been enacted that require companies to conduct risk assessments for material handling and to implement mechanical alternatives to lifting a weight that could jeopardize their employee’s heath – this includes injury due to lifting strain.

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Tags: Injury prevention, powered dolly, hand truck, power hand truck, electric dolly, safety moving system, safety moving systems, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers, appliance dolly

An Ergonomic Strategy for Moving Bottom Heavy Loads

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Fri, Jul 09, 2010

Moving bottom heavy loads like concrete grinders, wood or pellet stoves, electric motors or batteries takes special care. When using a PowerMate stair climber the operator uses the wheels as the pivot point when extending or retracting the toe plate. If all the weight is at one end, it makes it harder for the operator to pivot the load. PowerMate has come up with two neat solutions for this problem, one very simple, other more high-tech. Both work equally well.

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Tags: moving boilers, Injury prevention, powered dolly, hand truck, power hand truck, electric dolly, HVAC moving solutions, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers

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