|JULY 7, 2010 -- The cry for relief from Worker's Comp claims has been heard and the answer is a robot.
Office Moving Systems, Inc. is in final prototype testing of an electric lifter to safely move fully loaded fireproof and lateral file cabinets. Its been dubbed the Rock n Roll Jack.
Hefty fire safes typically weighing 1,500 pounds can be found at companies and government facilities with a need to securely house vital and sometimes irreplaceable documents.
Ed Katz, president of Office Moving Systems, Inc. and co-inventor of the Rock n Roll Jack, says the device also easily handles fully-loaded lateral file cabinets.
"Lateral file cabinets are common office furniture in all types of business environments and a full one can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, Katz said.
|According to Katz, big and small moving companies face the high cost of Worker's Comp insurance. Typically, workers move a heavy cabinet by physically manhandling it. Injuries are common and so is damage to lateral file cabinets and capenting.
"Injuries to workers while moving fire safes, fireproof cabinets, and lateral file cabinets plague the moving industry.
"Reducing injury-causing work activities and the claims turned in on Worker's Comp insurance is a major concern, Katz said.
Katz first tackled Worker's Comp worries with the invention of the Spider Crane® in 1990. He calls the Rock 'n Roll Jack the next generation Spider Crane®.
"Unlike it's predecessor, the Rock 'n Roll Jack will pick up nearly every brand of lateral file cabinet with the contents
| remaining intact," said Katz.
The differences between the two lifters are so radical that a name change was needed. The Spider Crane® lifts lateral file cabinets from the top while the Rock 'n Roll Jack lifts them from the bottom.
The robotic Rock n Roll Jack pushes the cabinet over just enough to slide a lifting plate underneath. An adjustable grabber arm placed across the top of the cabinet stabilizes the load while the lifting plate raises the cabinet high enough to accommodate a specially designed steel dolly.
Only one device operator and an assistant are required, the Rock 'n Roll Jack handles the heavy lifting so the risk of injury is greatly reduced, said Katz.