Woodstock Precision Machining Gorbel Easy Arm Crane Case Study

We were looking at options for ergonomic solutions that eliminated strain on our employees when performing repetitive light duty lifts. Preferrably something that was quick, precise and programmable.


Work related musculoskeletal disorders or repetitive strain injuries are one of the most commonly cited WSIB claims.
In 2020 alone, this type of injury accounted for 38% of all claims. With shoulder and lower back injuries accounting for a combined 16% of all high impact claims.
Woodstock Precision Machining (WPM) is a singlesource provider of complete manufacturing solutions headquartered in Woodstock. They provide laser cutting, Blanchard grinding and CNC metal forming and machining services to manufacturing partners throughout Ontario. In order to take a proactive approach to safety, WPM has a long standing partnership with Liftsafe Engineering and Service Group that allows them to incorporate systems thinking into their overall production and safety planning. Recently, WPM worked with Liftsafe to come up with a safe and efficient solution to loading sheets of metal onto their automated CNC machine. Liftsafe recommended a workstation bridge crane with an easy arm articulated jib crane equipped with a zero gravity feature together with a custom vacuum handling steel sheet lifter. This solution worked to eliminate repetitive lifting strains and increase productivity.

Liftsafe was able to provide us with a system that is designed to work with our equipment and have minimal impact to our facilities’ footprint.

We really value Liftsafe’s partnership, immediate support, creativity, and ability to customize to our unique needs.
— Woodstock Precision Machining