When conducting repetitive high-cycle jobs, balancers are a time and money-saving tool support device. They’re a low-cost and easy-to-use alternative to physical lifting. To provide a zero-gravity movement of equipment or materials, balancers use either springs or pneumatic air systems. When used in conjunction with jibs and workstation cranes, balancers efficiently handle all types of tools and parts at high speeds. Air balancers have a capacity range of 50 to 2000 pounds (22 to 909 kg). Mechanical spring balancers are suited for applications in which a fixed weight travels a limited vertical distance.



Hierarchy of ergonomics

infographic hierarchy of ergonomics

Where possible, it is always best to eliminate any possible hazards.

Engineering Controls

The goal of engineering controls is to improve the fit between the demands of work tasks and the capabilities of your workers safely.

Administrative controls

Administrative improvements, such as job rotation or alternating, can help reduce workers’ exposures to risk factors by limiting the amount of time workers spend on “problem jobs”.


Training alone does not provide an ergonomic improvement. Instead, it should be used together with any workplace changes made. Workers need training and hands-on practice with new tools, equipment, or work practices to make sure they have the skills necessary to work safely.

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