Improving Manual Handling Safety

In the realm of workplace safety, a noteworthy portion of injuries—roughly one-third—is linked to the repetitive strain of lifting and manual handling. These routine activities frequently result in a host of musculoskeletal disorders, posing a significant challenge for both employers and employees alike. However, the advent of innovative solutions is reshaping the landscape of occupational safety.

One product stands out as a game-changer, addressing the pressing issue of physical strain associated with lifting tasks.

Introducing the Grabo.

Grabo, a portable and battery-powered suction cup, works like a handle that you can attach to nearly any product or material. This is accomplished by eliminating the air between two surfaces, lowering the pressure and creating a powerful bond capable of lifting weights up to 170kgs.

Built with ergonomic precision and equipped with specialised seals and attachments, the Grabo is designed to reduce the physical strain on workers. It lowers the risk of musculoskeletal disorders by lessening the strain on the body during lifting and manual handling, a critical feature when dealing with materials of irregular shapes, weights or executing overhead tasks.

Integrating vacuum lifting technology into daily work routines promises to introduce a new era of safety and efficiency. Grabo's knack for streamlining physically demanding tasks showcases how innovation can genuinely impact the workforce's well-being. As workplaces acknowledge the significance of placing employee health at the forefront, adopting advancements such as the Grabo emerges as a proactive measure towards fostering safer and more productive environments.

Discover more about the Grabo Vacuum Lifter

Want to know more?

If you have any questions and want to know more about Grabo, you can call us on 01245 961166, email us at info@thegrabo.co.uk, or get in touch with us using our contact form.

Learn more about the Grabo Plus and the Grabo Pro or find a stockist near you.

Grabo Ladder Anchor Testing

A productive day unfolded at Tetra Consulting, where Openreach, Sky, and CityFibre collaborated to assess the efficacy of Grabo as a reliable anchor solution for ladders, ensuring the safety of their engineers.

The main objective of utilising a ladder safety anchor is to mitigate the chances of the ladder slipping, sliding, or tipping over, ultimately minimizing the potential for accidents and injuries.

Stay tuned for further updates on Grabo ladder anchor products, scheduled to be unveiled mid 2024.

How to replace your Grabo Seal

Grabo has revolutionised the way tradespeople lift and transport materials effortlessly. This portable, battery-powered suction device has replaced traditional suction cups, eliminating the frustrations that came with them, such as sudden loss of suction without warning.

A reliable seal is essential for any suction device, but constant use can wear it out over time. The good news is that replacing the seal on a Grabo is a simple and quick task, taking only 30 seconds.

All seals are compatible with both Grabo models and is crafted from high-friction foam and rubber, guaranteeing optimal suction and peak performance on any job site.

With Grabo, you can bid farewell to the frustrations of unreliable suction cups and embrace a seamless lifting experience backed by a durable seal. Say goodbye to unexpected seal failures and enjoy the convenience of hassle-free replacements

Grabo Seal Options

Standard Seal – The General-Purpose Seal

Rock Seal – The Rough Surfaces Seal

Brace Seal – The Thin Material Seal

Slender Seal  - The Long Surface Seal

How to change a Grabo seal

  1. Take a screwdriver and very carefully push between the plastic and high-friction silicone.
  2.  Push it all the way in and pry the old seal out.
  3. Take the new seal out of the protective plastic, and push the new seal in place.
  4. No tools are required, just push using your hand and the new seal is in place.

Watch a quick tutorial video below!

Want to know more?

If you have any questions and want to know more about Grabo, you can call us on 01245 961166, email us at info@thegrabo.co.uk, or get in touch with us using our contact form.

Learn more about the Grabo Plus and the Grabo Pro or find a stockist near you.

How does Grabo reduce the risk of damaging materials?

The Grabo, the world's first portable electric vacuum lifter, has taken the construction industry by storm, rapidly establishing itself as the most coveted on-site tool. Let's delve into how the Grabo can help protect materials on site.

Enhanced Grip on Construction Materials

The primary advantage of the Grabo lies in its ability to provide a significantly stronger grip on materials compared to human hands, thanks to its impressive suction power. The electric motor generates a vacuum seal that securely attaches the device to the product, eliminating the risk of dropping items due to sweaty palms, wet surfaces, or fatigued hands.

Improved Weight Distribution

While the Grabo cannot lighten the load of heavy materials, it does offer an advantage in terms of weight distribution. By utilising the Grabo, you can carry materials from positions that would be challenging to achieve with bare hands. For even greater efficacy, employing two Grabo devices enables optimal weight distribution and enhances the stability of the centre of gravity.

Electronic vs. Manual Vacuum Suction Lifting

While manual suction lifters have been available for some time and have been used in material handling, the Grabo offers distinct advantages. The powerful electric motor and pressure gauge of the Grabo provide confidence and reliability in the lifting process. Additionally, the Grabo Pro incorporates an automated on/off motor feature. This intelligent technology detects when a secure seal is established and automatically turns off the motor, preserving battery life. If the Grabo Pro senses a loss of grip, it promptly reactivates the motor, ensuring uninterrupted lifting operations.

The Grabo at work

Explore the accompanying videos to witness first-hand examples of how the Grabo not only simplifies and streamlines your work but also minimises the risk of material breakages. Experience the Grabo's transformative impact on your work life, enhancing efficiency while ensuring utmost precision.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions are want to know more about Grabo, you can call us on 01245 961166, email us at info@thegrabo.co.uk, or get in touch with us using our contact form.

Learn more about the Grabo Plus and the Grabo Pro or find a stockist near you.

The history of suction cups & lifting

Suction cups have been around for centuries, with the first thought to have been used in 3 B.C. They've come a long way since and are now used for multiple purposes, right through from lifting to medical practices. There's a lot of science behind how they work but the suction cup has a fascinating history. 

The first suction cup

The suction cup was first used in medical practice way back in 3 B.C., and it supposedly drew out the bad blood away from your organs to the surface of your skin. This method, known as cupping, is believed to have been invented by philosopher Hippocrates and is still used in some medicinal practices today to help with inflammation and blood flow and is sometimes used as a form of deep tissue massage.

Patent Protected

Since then, suction cups have been used for plenty of things outside medicine, with the first U.S. patent-protected model being called the 'Atmospheric Knob', which was used for day-to-day needs, such as a handle.

Since then, it was also patented as a device within photography, toys, and even darts.

Suction Cups within Construction

Many systems have been used for lifting within construction, many are still used today, but none allow for quite the precision and speed that suction cups give. Self-induced vacuum systems have been used on heavy loads for quite some time now. Still, they can fail a lift if not secured correctly, or if the item they are trying to lift is too much, there is a considerable risk of injury as it will break the tight seal created by the vacuum.

Electronic Lifting Tools

Thankfully, the suction cup device has developed a lot since the early days and can now be used to lift heavier and more varied objects safely, with the addition of a motor. Technology has advanced so much that the Grabo was designed and built using the same technology for custom-built power tools for military and scientific organisations, giving it maximum suction power and a lifting weight of up to 170kg. 

The Grabo:The Grabo is the world's first portable electric suction cup and vacuum lifter. It has taken the construction industry by storm, quickly becoming the most desirable tool to have on-site. Learn more about the Grabo and the Grabo Pro, and see how they can help your daily working life.

Spotting the Grabo in the wild: Attaching a Grabo to a bobsleigh!

We’ve seen how much the Grabo has helped people out, whether it’s on-site, at home, or in some other way. Unfortunately, we can’t see everyone’s posts about it, however much we’d like to, as there are just so many! We've gone into the depths of our social media pages and found some great examples of just how the Grabo can be used and how much our customers love it!

Attaching a Grabo to a bobsleigh 

The Grabo is no match for heavy objects, but now it’s no match for top speeds either! Riding onboard a bobsleigh, which has a normal top speed of between 80-90mph, the Grabo sticks perfectly to the outside of the vehicle whilst still being able to stabilise a camera to get the perfect shot! 

Landscaping tutorials

It’s great to see people sharing their knowledge and expertise online with others, especially in detail, but mainly when it includes the Grabo!

A new piece of gym equipment

Want to understand just how strong the Grabo is? How about it being strong enough to help pull a 2000kg* plus Ford pick-up truck? Yes, it’s that good.

*the GRABO is officially rated up to 170kg, this video is for entertainment purposes only

Placing paving slabs with a Grabo

We loved this video of the Grabo in action placing paving slabs! We all know the British have never been ones to let on just how good something is, we always like to downplay it a bit, but the face at the end gives it all away!

Where can I get a Grabo?

The Grabo is the world's first portable electric suction cup and vacuum lifter. It has taken construction, and other industries by storm, quickly becoming the most desirable tool to have on-site. Learn more about the Grabo and the Grabo Pro, and see how they can help your daily working life

The Science of Lifting Heavy Objects

Lifting heavy objects requires skill and strength, and when your job requires lifting on a regular, repetitive basis, it's something that you need to get to grips with and understand how to lift correctly. 

When lifting heavy items, your body will be using a series of muscles, mainly the quadriceps, gluteal muscles, and abdominal muscles, which should be used instead of the commonly mistaken back, or posture muscles. This applies to most types of lifting as they are the muscles that will give you stability for your movements. In order to avoid major injury, you just need to remember to lift with your legs, not your back.

The importance of lifting correctly:

As many of us know, lifting incorrectly can lead to injuries with both short and long term effects, resulting in a loss of work. One of the long-term effects of lifting incorrectly can be a lower back injury caused by putting strain on the low back structures, which over time can result in serious injuries, including Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Injuries can include muscles, nerves, tendons, joinery, cartilage, and spinal discs. If not treated properly, the injury could persist and continue to get worse, meaning that if your trade requires lifting, you may be unable to perform critical parts of your role. Possible MSDs from improper lifting include:

Injury can be caused incredibly quickly if you're not following proper lifting practices, by something as simple as twisting oddly or lifting an item over your head, which is why you need to be sure you are lifting correctly every time. 

How can the Grabo help and prevent injury?

Repetitive lifting within construction is a common part of a job description, meaning that you need to ensure strict adherence to lifting techniques when manual handling. The Grabo helps minimise any strain that your body may face when lifting. Utilising a product like the Grabo is considered good practice to ensure that the risk of repetitive lifting injuries is minimised. This is due to the vacuum created between the suction cup and the product. The Grabo supports better body positioning when lifting, enabling you to carry the weight close to the body and near waist height (the best way to carry anything), rather than away from the body and with outstretched arms, which is often the only option when carrying material by its edges alone. Using the Grabo correctly in this way reduces the effect of the weight on your body and muscles.

The Grabo:

The Grabo is the world's first portable electric suction cup and vacuum lifter. It has taken the construction industry by storm, quickly becoming the most desirable tool to have on-site. To learn more about the Grabo and the Grabo Pro, and see how they can help your daily working life, get in touch today.

New Tools for Plasterers

Although plasterboard may not be the heaviest item to lift, the positions it needs to go in can make the job stressful and draining. In fact, in a research observation completed by the UK Government, they found that experienced carpenters rated lifting, carrying and holding plasterboard in an overhead position as the most tasking of all jobs they needed to undertake to complete a job. As well as this, plastering tasks are one of the most hazardous in terms of the potential for musculoskeletal disorders.

There are a few ways to combat the risks of lifting plasterboard, especially when at a height. Following proper lifting techniques, including not lifting anything over 20kg, undertaking the appropriate Health & Safety training, and operating training for MEWPs are all great solutions, but now there’s a new solution.

How Can The Grabo Help?

The Grabo's strong suction offers many more options for stability, especially when climbing up ladders or onto scaffolding and stilts to install plasterboard. With the Grabo holding up to 75kg of plasterboard, you’ll have a free hand for stability when climbing up ladders, making the job much safer. Having a central location for pressure from the Grabo means that you will no longer have to over-extend or twist yourself around to ensure that it is secure in all corners. 

How To Use The Grabo:

  1. Slide the power switch at the base of the tool to turn it on. An LED light will indicate how much battery you have left, and you should ensure that it is adequately charged before beginning and lifting tasks.
  2. Position the Grabo flush against the surface of the item you want to lift. On some surfaces, particularly textured, you may want to apply some pressure initially to help create the seal.
  3. Press the green button to turn on the motor and create a tight seal against the item you’re looking to lift. The seal will be made immediately, but you should leave it for 5 seconds to create the maximum seal to ensure a safe lift. You’ll know when the full seal has been made once the needle on the gauge stops moving or by listening to the note of the motor. With materials like plasterboard, due to its porosity you will need to keep the Grabo motor running to maintain its grip on the board. 
  4. Once you have lifted the item and are finished, press the red button to break the seal and release the item.

The Grabo:

The Grabo has quickly taken the construction industry by storm! Initially created to help construction and tradespeople with heavy lifting, it’s fast found its place across multiple industries, improving day-to-day job efficiency. To find out more about the Grabo, click here, or find your closest authorised Grabo dealer.