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New British Product Set to Reduce Back Injuries in the Relocation Industry

Aug 15, 2011
WeightCrate® is a crate with a thermomenter style weight indicator allowing workers to see how heavy a crate is, ensuring the heaviest crates are being placed at the bottom when being stacked and to prevent incorrect manual handling.

A British company has announced the launch of a revolutionary product set to dramatically reduce back injuries to workers in the relocation industry. WeightCrate®, designed and manufactured by Essex-based Consortia Products Ltd, is an industry standard relocation crate that incorporates a unique thermometer style weight indicator allowing operatives and client staff to see how heavy a crate is before attempting to lift it and to ensure the heaviest crates are placed at the bottom when being stacked.

The WeightCrate® retains all the nesting and stacking characteristics of a standard crate and the weighing mechanism can even be retro fitted into older crates without difficulty. It has no electrical components and does not require servicing.

 In 2010 the UK lost 4.9 million working days through back injury and HSE records show that more than a third of injuries resulting in absence of over three days are caused by incorrect manual handling. About 45% of handling injuries affect the back and the annual cost to UK industry is estimated to be in excess of £100,000,000. Add to this the cost of personal injury claims from workers and it is clear that the WeightCrate® has the potential to make a significant difference to the corporate balance sheet and the health of the UK’s workforce.

John Mitchell, Managing Director of leading crate rental specialist Pluscrates said, “We were bowled over by the WeightCrate® product. It was difficult to see how the design of crates could be improved but Consortia have really come up with a winner. Like most of the very best ideas WeightCrate® is simple in its concept and construction and the fact that the weight measuring component can be retro fitted to our existing rental pool makes the business case for us very compelling.”

Although the WeightCrate® was designed primarily with the relocation industry in mind Consortia expects to attract interest from other areas of industry including the retail and food sectors.

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