Danger in Data Centers
Servers & IT equipment can weigh up to 800 lbs. Popular manufactures such as HP and Dell recommend using 2 – 4 people for safer installation.
OSHA recommends using “MECHANICAL MEANS” to avoid injury while lifting heavy equipment.
Even with 4 people, lifting equipment manually involves unnecessary risk. Further, the process often delays other critical data center tasks from being performed–presuming help is available at the time.
“Back disorders are one of the leading causes of disability for people in their working years and afflict over 600,000 employees each year with a cost of about $50 billion annually.”