Ergonomics and health

The spine

Did you know that almost a quarter of all days of incapacity to work in Germany are due to an illness of the musculoskeletal system? This alone causes companies in Germany to lose over 17 billion euros in production every year. (Q1*)

Thanks to the modular design, the vacuum lifters can be easily adapted to your individual production requirements and move loads weighing several tonnes easily, effortlessly and absolutely safely.

This not only reduces the physical strain on your employees, but also increases their motivation with significantly lower sick leave.

When the truth hurts

Fezer fact check

According to the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), lifting and carrying heavy loads is considered a typical activity that leads to incorrect strain in the musculoskeletal system (MSE).

Musculoskeletal system (MSE)

Germany and internationally the most frequent cause of:

Incapacity for work (AU)
severe disability
Limited ability to work
Premature disability

Typical work-related diseases of the spine

In the list of work-related diseases you can find some diseases that are caused by overloading of the spine.  The list of official work-related diseases can be found here.

In addition, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides a list of recognized work-related illnesses specifically in the area of the musculoskeletal system. You can view this here.

The following industries and activities are particularly affected:
  • Loading/unloading of bags
  • Sorting of packages
  • Loading machines without lifting aids
  • Commissioning
  • Reloading of palletized goods
  • Straightening work on the roof by hand
  • etc.

Occasional load lifting in the workplace:

15 to 18 years 15 kg 35 kg
19 to 45 years 15 kg 55 kg
older then 45 years 15 kg 45 kg

Frequent load lifting in the workplace:

15 to 18 years 10 kg 20 kg
19 to 45 years 10 kg 30 kg
older then 45 years 10 kg 25 kg

If your lifted loads exceed this maximum load, measures must be taken to protect the employee. And this is where our wide range of products comes into play!

As clearly shown in the accompanying video, our selection of vacuum lifters offers effective solutions for a wide range of applications. However, even if our standard products are not exactly tailored to your specific requirements, we do not compromise. We offer custom solutions alongside our rugged and durable standard vacuum lifters to best support your individual work process.

Our goal on this website is to present you our diverse products and their numerous application possibilities. Each of our high-quality and, above all, durable vacuum lifters reflects our efforts to develop the perfect solution for you.

Sounds exciting? We would be happy to have one of our highly qualified employees visit you on site and discuss ways and possibilities for more efficiency, ergonomics and safety.

The powerful vacuum lifters from Fezer

Are you curious about our solutions? That makes us happy. We will be happy to advise you!
Please contact one of our competent system consultants directly.

Preventive measures — How do you prevent MSE?

Increased stress inevitably affects the performance of your workers and therefore the success of your company. They lead to illnesses with frequent periods of absence, disruptions in operations, and ultimately additional costs.

The Load Handling Regulations (LasthandhabV) recommend mechanical equipment. (Q5)

In its brochure "Lifting and carrying without damage", the BAuA recommends the use of lifting aids and transport devices  (click here to download).

The German Social  Insurance for Accidents (DGUV) also recommends the use of handling and transport aids on its website. The DGUV explicitly recommends cranes, balancers/ manipulators, vacuum tube lifters and suction lifters.

(Q6 & Q7)

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List of references

Zahlen und Fakten zu MSE (laut BAuA)

Statistik „Wichtigste Krankheitsarten für Arbeitsunfähigkeit in Deutschland im Jahr 2019“

Broschüre BAuA „Manuelles Heben, Halten und Tragen von Lasten“

Kompendium „Arbeitsschutzrecht“
Erschienen 2007; Taeger / Rose; Verlag Hülthig Jehle Rehm GmbH;

Erklärung der Lastenhandhabungsverordnung

Hilfsmittel beim Heben schwerer Lasten

Hilfsmittel anheben + Produktabbildungen

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