“A WAREHOUSE LIFT IS NOT A DATA CENTER LIFT,” it’s evident that the use of generic lifts like the Genie Lift in data centers can pose significant safety issues.

A survey conducted at Interop Las Vegas revealed several common issues with using generic warehouse lifts in data centers. Among the challenges noted were the instability of the lifts, with 40% of users reporting that the generic warehouse lifts they used were unstable. Additionally, 23% had issues with the lift platform sagging, and 25% faced difficulties aligning equipment at the appropriate rack level. Another 30% expressed concerns about the absence of safety straps on these lifts, and 31% found it difficult to navigate narrow data center aisles with a warehouse lift. These factors suggest that such lifts are not ideally suited for the specific demands and layout of data centers.

Moreover, a safety notice issued by Genie in 2020 indicated that certain models of their lifts experienced issues where the bottom turntable rotation bearing bolts came loose, leading to the separation of the turntable from the chassis. This could result in a machine tip-over or other structural failures, highlighting the potential risks associated with using these lifts in environments like data centers where precision and stability are crucial.

Finally, Genie’s introduction of the Spill Guard hydraulic oil containment system as a factory-fit option on some of their lifts addresses concerns about hydraulic leaks. While this innovation mitigates the risk of costly clean-ups and environmental issues, it also underlines the inherent risks of using lifts with hydraulic systems in sensitive environments like data centers.

These findings support the argument that while Genie Lifts and similar generic warehouse lifts may be more affordable, their use in data centers can introduce several safety and operational challenges that specialized data center lifts like RackLift are designed to avoid.

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) significantly impact various industries, costing American businesses over $45 billion annually due to workers’ compensation, insurance premiums, and productivity losses. BIAC emphasizes education on MSD risks, offering resources including OSHA guidelines and industry-specific data on their blog and case studies page.

MSDs encompass injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system, such as sprains, strains, and tendonitis. Work-related MSDs (WRMSDs) are often caused by factors like forceful exertion, awkward postures, repetitive motion, and extreme environmental conditions. Recognizing and addressing these risks is crucial for workplace safety and cost reduction.

Liberty Mutual reports that overexertion-related injuries cost employers $13.4 billion yearly. The U.S. Department of Labor’s 2011 data showed 33% of occupational injuries requiring time off were MSD-related. The costs extend beyond medical bills, including indirect expenses like training replacements and legal costs, typically 1.1 times the direct costs. On average, a musculoskeletal injury can cost an employer between $48,000 to $67,000 per incident.

To prevent MSDs, it’s important to design tasks accommodating a significant portion of the workforce. Equipment like Cabinet Lifts, Server/Equipment Lifts and motorized tugs/carts can reduce strain in various industries. BIAC offers both standard and custom ergonomic solutions to address these challenges. For more details on equipment and prevention strategies, visiting www.racklift.com website or contacting their engineers is recommended.