An analysis shows the use of a lift wheel dolly in a maintenance facility can help reduce injuries and reduce workplace hazards.
Photo credit: Stertil-Koni
As pressure mounts in transit agencies and heavy duty truck maintenances facilities throughout North America to improve efficiency and reduce workplace hazards, one relatively low tech and unsung hero has emerged – the high lift wheel dolly.
According to a recent industry overview by heavy duty vehicle lift leader, Stertil-Koni, the high lift wheel dolly delivers two essential advantages in today’s modern, fleet maintenance shop. “First,” noted Peter Bowers, technical sales support manager at Stertil-Koni, “the wheel dolly allows proper alignment of a dual tire assembly with the brake drum to the axle tube to be completed efficiently and accurately. Second, it dramatically lowers the occurrence of back injuries and abdominal strains because wheel removal is completed at an altitude which is higher than floor level and in line with technicians working in a fully standing position.”
The stakes are high. According to recent finding by the University of Arizona Risk Management Services, musculoskeletal disorder injuries “account for more than one-third of all occupational injuries and illnesses each year.” What’s more, the study also showed that “most of these injuries are preventable.”
Enter the high lift wheel dolly
It is used for removal and installation of single and dual wheels on raised buses and trucks and has proved particularly effective for brake work. Continued Bowers, “Recent enhancements have made it even more effective. The latest version of the high lift wheel dolly from Stertil-Koni is stronger, taller and has a lifting capacity up to 1,000 lbs. In addition, it is fully hydraulic and powered by either pneumatic or 12 VDC battery.”