Investing in a ServerLIFT Will Reduce Risk of Injuries and Damage to Equipment!
One of the more common tasks in today’s data center is the physical handling, including the installation and relocation, of rack mounted IT equipment. As technology has changed, devices such as servers, blade chassis’, switches, UPS’s and other items have increased in size and weight. Indeed, many rack mounted devices can weigh up to 800 lbs!
Unfortunately, as the weight of these devices has increased to dangerous levels, manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Oracle and others have begun specifying a minimum of two people to install 2U servers and as many as four to handle larger, heavier equipment. Furthermore, a careful review of most operations manuals will reveal that these same companies now recommend mechanical lifting devices to assist with the installation of this equipment.
Have You Developed a Set of Equipment Handling Standards to Protect Your Organization?
Sadly, most data centers still do not have in place a set of standards for handling servers and other equipment. In turn this has resulted in millions of dollars wasted on unnecessary injuries to IT staff and damage to dropped or mishandled hardware.
According to OSHA, “manual material handling is the principal source of compensable injuries in the American work force, and four out of five of these injuries will affect the lower back.”
What’s more, the department of labor has reported that “…over 36% of injuries involving missed workdays were the result of shoulder and back injuries” and that “…lifting loads over 50 pounds will increase the risk of injury.” It is very important to note that today, OSHA recommends “using mechanical means” to avoid injury while lifting equipment heavier than 50 pounds.
Will Your Organization Become a Part of the Statistics?
In a recent survey of IT professionals, 65% were aware of dropped equipment in the data center, while 52% were aware of employee injuries. The bottom line is your organization is exposed on a daily basis to costly worker’s compensation claims and law suits as well as the unneeded expense of hardware replacement, and if you are not using the right tools to protect your staff and hardware from these threats, then you, too, will probably soon become a part of these statistics.
Thus, to ensure the safety of assets and the people who move them, it is recommended to implement standard methods and practices for handling IT equipment in your data center environment. Ideally, standards that replace the physical strain on employees with specialized server handling equipment will be the most effective way of reducing risk and increasing productivity.
Make ServerLIFT a Part of Your Data Center
Fortunately, a safe, effective and reliable solution for protecting your staff and hardware is available to you and it is as easy as making one or more of our ServerLIFT products an integral part of your data center. Investing in one of our ServerLIFT models will dramatically help you:
• Reduce risk of injury and equipment damage
• Improve employee morale
• Increase efficiency
• Lower operating costs
• Streamline server deployment
Revolutionize the way your organization manages hardware installations and relocations with the industry’s original line of lifting devices designed specifically for the data center environment – ServerLIFT.
Take the first step toward preventing serious injuries to your IT staff and unnecessary, costly damage to IT equipment. Call today and let us show you how ServerLIFT can simplify your hardware installations, or simply request your FREE report, “14 Specifications for Choosing a Data Center Lifting Solution“. There is no cost or obligation to you and you will discover the important features you must consider when selecting a data center lifting solution. Start now.