When thinking about the build of a TMA truck, side lift gates are not something that is normally thought of as being a crucial element.  So why would you want a side lift gate on your TMA truck?  Here are the 3 main reasons why having a side lift gate on your TMA truck is an incredibly beneficial addition:

Save Time

As its name implies, a lift gate is used to lift workers and equipment from the ground to the bed of the truck.  It also can be used to lower equipment from the bed of the truck onto the ground.  Why is this important?  It saves time. Lifting equipment, such as cones or barrels, onto or lowering them off of the bed of the truck individually can take a significant amount of time.  The lift gate can support approximately 2,000 pounds, so instead of needing to make many trips to raise and lower equipment, it would take only a handful.

 

Save Energy

Just as time is a valuable asset, so is a worker’s energy level.  Why should a member of the work crew have to waste all their energy moving equipment on and off of the TMA truck?  The lift gate drastically reduces the amount of energy spent loading and unloading equipment from the bed of the truck, thus allowing for a more energized crew for the main part of the operation.

 

Prevent Injuries to Workers

Perhaps the most important benefit to the lift gate is that it helps to prevent injuries to workers, specifically back injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “back injuries account for nearly 20% of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace and cost the nation an estimated 20 to 50 billion dollars per year.”  Repeatedly lifting cones, barrels, or other equipment onto the bed of the truck is an incredibly straining task.  Doing this consistently increases the likelihood for a back injury.

A lift gate reduces the likelihood for a costly back injury by lifting cones, barrels, and other equipment onto the bed of the truck instead of a worker doing it.  Keeping workers healthy is integral to having an effective work force.  A side lift gate is a crucial addition to a TMA truck in order to ensure that workers remain healthy and able to do their jobs.

Want to see a side lift gate in action? Watch us demo a 3-in-1 truck featuring a side lift gate!

 

One crucial element of a truck’s build is its man buckets. A man bucket’s job is to assist personnel and equipment to get on and off the truck safely.  Here are the top five things you need to know about man buckets:

1.) When adding man buckets to your truck, there are two different options available: single and double wide. The main difference in the two options is, as the names suggest, its width. A single man bucket is 33” wide by 24” deep by 34.5” tall, while a double wide man bucket is 60” wide by 24” deep by 34.5” tall.

2.) Being only 33” wide, a single man bucket has enough room for a worker to operate comfortably in it. At 60” wide, the double wide man bucket has enough room for a worker as well as equipment, such as cones and barrels.  Why is this important? The space of a double wide man bucket reduces the distance a worker needs to lift a cone or barrel, which in turn reduces the amount of back injuries on the job.  According to the Federal Occupational Health, “back injuries account for nearly 20% of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace and cost the nation an estimated 20 to 50 billion dollars per year.”  Having a double wide man bucket reduces the distance a worker would need to lift a barrel by approximately 15 inches, therefore, in turn, should reduce injury to the workforce.  A healthy workforce equates to a productive workforce.

3.) Both man bucket styles are equipped with a safety bar, either horizontally sliding or vertically adjustable, so the worker inside can safely operate in the man bucket while the truck is stopped or in motion. With the vertically adjustable safety bar, you can custom fit the bar to workers of all sizes to ensure personalized safety for each member of the work crew.

4.) Another safety feature is that it is lined with a non-slip coating, so you can work without the fear of losing your footing. With a non-slip floor, personnel can work safely and effectively in all weather conditions. The man bucket is also outfitted with LED step lights, so operation at night is just as safe and easy.

5.) In terms of usability, one of the best features of the man bucket is that when it is not in use, the lid has the ability to fold down and seamlessly fit in with the rest of the deck of the truck. The lids on both man bucket models can support several hundred pounds, meaning you do not sacrifice storage space on your truck in order to have man buckets. This means you are getting the most out of your man bucket at all times, when it is in use as well as when it is not.

 

For more information about the man buckets on our trucks or to schedule a demo, contact us here!

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