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  • #231 Technician Back Health (Sample Tip from Premium Area)

    Posted by AMN Admin on April 6, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Lifting various items during a repair has always been an issue for technicians. As wheels and tires became larger and heavier the issue has become more significant. The good news is that equipment is available to greatly reduce the problem. Several companies offer folding arms attached to the lift arms, so wheels can be moved a short distance to the left or right onto the arm without placing them on the floor and having to lift them back up. For wheels that need to be serviced or moved away from the vehicle there are special carts (or dollies) that can hold one or more wheels again preventing the need to place wheels on the floor. Most techs love both items – odds are that techs at your shop will, too.

    Craig replied 1 year, 1 month ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Craig

    May 9, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Most owners agree having the right equipment to do the job is very important. Most owners I talk to about being able to provide the best equipment for their teams day it usually comes down to cost. This makes another great conversation for why owners must know their numbers and bill the correct labor amounts to be able to provide the tools for a safer work place and employee health. The pay back is an team member that will feel better, be healthier and more productive and a better all around technician for more years than one doing the old way of muscling through the work while we all get older and our bodies worn down. We are overdue as an industry to also think about a health and safety plan. Morning stretching and regular exercise are things we should start encouraging each other to do. Back braces before we really need one is another idea also.

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