Modern Ergonomics and Lift Tables

When Anthony Lange, the founder and creative talent behind Lange Lifts, developed a hydraulic lift table with exceptional functionality and longevity, the year was 1934. Although our modern understanding of ergonomics and human factors in workstation design was still decades off, Mr. Lange knew he was onto something. It wasn’t just blind luck that led him to create his lift table, Mr. Lange had observed the pain of industrial craftsmen, welders, and others, as they strained for long hours every day to keep their work, and themselves, in a comfortable and effective position. Sitting in a chair, then standing, all with the work on a stationary table just wasn’t efficient for these workers, leading to loss of productivity, and at worse, injury.

In 2017, the need to move around frequently during your workday has gone mainstream. “Sitting is the new smoking” is the somewhat tongue-in-cheek phrase that the media has tossed around. There is significant science behind this movement, though.

Ergonomic guidelines introduced by NC State University state that “Ergonomic furniture should be designed to facilitate task performance, minimize fatigue and injury by fitting equipment to the body size, strength, and range of motion of the user. Office furnishings, which are generally available, have adjustable components that enable the user to modify the workstation to accommodate different physical dimensions and the requirements of the job. Ergonomically designed furniture can reduce pain and injury, increase productivity, improve morale, and decrease complaints.”

This advice is even more critical for industrial workers and welders than for office workers. The men and women who work in these type of skilled trades frequently find themselves straining over their work, and adjusting their position to get a better look or angle on a weld joint or assembly. By enabling them to put the work where they need it, instead of putting themselves where they can access the work, these workers find themselves more productive, happier, and in far less pain than otherwise.

Anthony Lange was ahead of his time with his design, but conventional wisdom has caught up. Lange Lift manufactures dependable, easy to use lift tables that put your work where you need it, and protect you from injury in the process.

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Since 1934, Lange Lift has been manufacturing high ­quality hydraulic lift tables, scissor lifts, and custom lift ­products for material handling in a wide array of industries across the world. Contact us today to learn more about what our great products can do for your business.