Official Press Release – Friday 5th August 2011
‘New British Product Set to Reduce Back Injuries in the Relocation Industry’
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.
For more information and to view a demonstration video visit www.WeightCrate.com.
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Press Release – 27th July 2011
‘WeightCrate® – Intelligence In A Box’
In 2010 the UK lost 4.9 million working days through back injury and the HSE record that more than a third of all over-three-day injuries reported each year are caused by incorrect manual handling. 45% of handling injuries affect the back and the annual cost of all this to UK industry is estimated to be in excess of £100,000,000.
Add creeping liturgy and the rising importance of corporate responsibility and the case was made for Consortia Products Ltd to bring its ‘WeightCrate®’ to market.
The WeightCrate® is an industry standard office relocation crate incorporating all of the nesting and stacking characteristics demanded by the facilities management and corporate relocation professionals but with one additional key product feature – a weight indicator which reveals the gross crate weight even with lids closed and security sealed.
With the product in pre-production development and its international patents in place Consortia revealed it’s new crate to Pluscrates Ltd – the UK’s fastest growing crates rental company. Andy Carr of Consortia says ‘We were close to full production of the WeightCrate® and had taken it to this stage satisfied that our product was market ready. Never the less we were keen to take an appraisal from key players in the crate rental industry. Pluscrates have links going back to the inception of crate rental with Rentacrate in the early 1970’s and have been catalysts in the evolution of the first fibre board crates through injection moulding, the addition of bale arms in the 1980’s and the introduction of integral lids in the 1990’s’.
John Mitchell, Pluscrates, says ‘We were bowled over by the WeightCrate® product. My business partner, Neil McGuigan, worked on the hinged lid design during the 1990’s and from that point it was difficult to see what else could be done to improve what was previously seen as a commodity product. The WeightCrate® component has changed that and like some of the very best ideas it is simple in its concept and construction. That the weight measuring component can be retro fitted to our rental product pool also helps to make the business case for us very compelling’.
For more information on WeightCrate® or to pre-order product contact Andy Carr by emailing WeightCrate@andycarr.com and to view the working WeightCrate® model go to www.WeightCrate.com