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For Appliances to be recycled, they must be collected and brought to a recycling facility.  The first step is to collect Appliances from homes, the kerbside, Electro-Shops or Recycling Centres.  This handling must be done by hand and a Sack Truck is a convenient tool for this job.

Moving appliances with a normal Sack Truck is difficult.  Users must hold the appliance with one hand to prevent it falling, and pull back the Sack Truck with the other.  This is difficult for a person of any size to do.  When walking with the Sack Truck, the user must continue to hold the appliance.  Appliances are often large and heavy, and the effort required can cause strains and back injuries.  This repetitive strain over long periods is a concern for employers.  Appliances may sometimes have sharp edges; that can cause hand injuries.  By eliminating the need to hold them this risk is removed.

Magnojack has been developed specifically to eliminate these problems.  It holds the appliance, allowing the use of both hands to pull back the load, before moving off.  The appliance is placed precisely where it is required and then released.  It usually does not have to be repositioned, for example, if loading a truck or container.  Magnojack is very manoeuvrable for use in confined spaces such as containers or truck bodies.

By reducing the effort required, work is faster; it is less tiring for users.  Magnojack makes this job easier and safer.


Manual Handling Regulations - Normal Sack Truck – v - Magnojack

More than a third of all over-three-day injuries reported to Health & Safety Authorities and Local Authorities in EU countries are caused by manual handling.  Manual Handling Regulations are in force in all EU countries.  These stipulate that there is no such thing as a completely ‘safe’ manual handling operation.  But working within the guidelines they recommend will reduce risks significantly.  There is no maximum load that a person can lift, it will depend on each situation, for example, how high the load is, a number of repetitions and if the person has to twist their body.  The relevant authorities recommend the proper equipment is provided depending on the situation.




Maximum recommended loads depending on the position.  Note: these loads need to be reduced where the handler is required to twist (e.g. 10% for 45 degrees, 20% for 90 degrees) and if required to repeat the action (e.g. by 30% if the handler repeats the operation once or twice per minute).  This means lifting two appliances per minute from waist height and twisting as necessary; the maximum permitted weight would be ~13kg.


Normal Sack Truck

A normal Sack Truck is designed to be used for boxes or bags of goods.  They are placed on the Sack Truck and the User then pulls back with both hands to raise the goods from the ground and move them.  With Appliances, it does not work as well.  The centre of gravity of the Appliance is further away from the fulcrum than with a bag of goods, meaning additional effort is required.  When raising the Appliance from the ground to begin walking, the Appliance must be pulled back with one hand while the Sack Truck is pulled back with the other, otherwise, it normally falls off. 

This is difficult to do and puts a lot of strain on the User.  The effort required for heavy washing machines and cookers exceeds that allowed under EU Manual Handling Regulations, leaving employers open to potential injury claims.


When used with Appliances, a Magnojack works like a normal Sack Truck is.  That is, both hands are used together, on the handles, without the User needing to twist or stretch their back.  Extra leverage is gained by placing one’s foot on the axle, this is not possible on a normal Sack Truck because of the body position required to work one handed.

When one considers how many times an Operator is required to do this lifting, at least four or five times for each Appliance, the reduction of strain and fatigue on the user are considerable.  This makes Users much more efficient in their work.


Where Magnojack can be used

Magnojack can be used at each stage of the White Goods recycling process:

Recycling Centres

Recycling Centres often have to move appliances to store or secure them, and in many countries load them into containers.



Electro-Shops have to take-back a large amount of appliances from the public each day.  They must load them into a delivery truck, and later unload them at their depot or a Recycling Centre.  The staff at the depot often has to re-load them into a container before they are collected.  Magnojack can also be used to move un-boxed new Appliances.  For example shops often need to move display models.   A piece of material placed in front of the magnets prevents paintwork damage.


Recycler Collection Trucks

Truck collection systems collect at Recycling Centres and Electro-Shops.  Loading appliances into a truck fitted with a tail-lift requires each appliance to be lifted and placed a number of times, at least four or five, by the time they are un-loaded.  This puts a lot of strain on users and reduces performance.  If a Magnojack has been used at the Recycling Centre or shop to store the Appliances, then they are correctly positioned for fast loading onto the truck.


In some countries ‘Kerbside Collection’ (or ‘Curbside Collection’ in the USA) is provided.  Magnojack is ideal in this situation; more distance is often travelled with each Appliance, for example if the truck cannot park close to the Appliances.


Transfer Sites & Recycling Plants

It may be necessary to move appliances, for example when sorting items, or small specialist recyclers may need to move appliances.

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