Mechanical Lifting Equipment for Hospital Beds

Hospital beds, though manufactured in various sizes with different functions and capabilities, all need maintenance and routine servicing. With that in mind, it is important for your medical facility to have the proper mechanical lifting equipment in order to safely and efficiently perform maintenance. Below, we discuss the best lifting equipment available and their additional compartments and attachments needed to lift various machines.

The Need for Safe Mechanical Equipment

Servicing equipment with the safest procedures and equipment is imperative for efficiency. With maintenance personnel placing themselves at risk while repairing hospital beds and other equipment, safety concerns must be resolved before any injuries take place. 

Annually, companies with employees who perform repetitive maintenance and servicing on mechanical equipment spend extensive time and money towards work-related injuries and disorders. Common injuries and disorders related to mechanical work include musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and lower back or upper extremity injuries. Mechanical, or assembly line work, involves repetitive motion for extended durations. Due to the rise in demand for production quotas and a low ratio of trained mechanical repairmen, workers are expected to move quickly and efficiently. 

One of the main interventions that can decrease MSD occurrences is by adjusting the height of the workstation to a less-straining height. If workers can stay within an ergonomic and safe range of motion while completing their tasks, they are less likely to experience MSDs. As a result, your facility will experience fewer work-related injuries. In order to achieve this ergonomic window on servicing requests, including hospital bed manufacturing assembly lines, specialized lifts are often necessary.

Hospital maintenance staff performing repairs on-site also need a lift with safety locking mechanisms and adjustable spread low-profile arms, ensuring the bed is level and secure, especially when raised. A lift allows personnel members to properly access the parts in need of repair without risking the danger of the bed falling.

Hospital Bed Lifting Equipment

Manufacturing newer, sophisticated hospital beds can be difficult due to the many parts involved. As a result, the beds are heavy and therefore difficult to move and transport around for servicing. Therefore, servicing and maintaining these high-tech beds demands a priority in security and productivity. Personnel on the production or service line often need to bend down to reach a specific component or motor. After time and repetition, this can cause hospital bed mechanics chronic pain, fatigue, or lasting injury. One manufacturer particularly faced productivity and safety challenges when they had no way to lift the hospital beds properly. Another manufacturer needed lifts for their maintenance department to service broken beds as hospitals sent batches of beds that needed refurbishing. 


Even though hospital beds are often heavy and complex, your hospital bed lifting equipment does not need to be such. Owning a mechanical lift such as the HBL-1000 will ensure the safest and most efficient hospital bed servicing in the industry. This lift was one of the first safe and economical hospital bed lifting solutions introduced to the industry. Though the HBL-1000 services many hospital bed models from multiple manufacturers, it is most compatible lifting hospital beds manufactured by Hill-Rom. Stryker, Joerns, Gendron, and Drive. The HBL-1000 allows hospital beds to raise at the proper height for efficient and safe maintenance and servicing. For hospitals without the wherewithal to repair hospital beds at their own facilities, the manufacturers servicing worn and broken hospital beds use this lift to efficiently refurbish the batches of beds that hospitals sent in before returning the beds.

Lifting Capacity

Without any modifications, the HBL-1000 offers a standard lifting capacity of 1,000 pounds. This allows nearly any hospital bed to be safely lifted and moved for maintenance. Available lifting heights for this model provide optimal range for repairs and servicing at limits of 48 inches, 60 inches, or 72 inches.

Lift Arm Width Adjustment

The standard lift arm width is 16 inches but has the capability of extending to 60 inches, allowing you to decide what width is needed to lift both narrow and wide hospital beds or other medical equipment. This feature creates a more stabilized lift that caters to various hospital bed widths as the lift distributes the lifted weight. 

Telescoping Folding Arms

This feature offers a dual purpose. The main function of this compartment is to telescope, or swivel out, and lock in place to assist in lifting the bed from the bottom frame. When not in use, the folding arms can discreetly fold in towards the lift base in order to keep the floor area clear and prevent itself from becoming a tripping hazard. The standard lift length of the telescoping folding arms is 48 inches.

Additional Compartment and Attachments

Though Hospital Bed Lifts are designed with multi-functionality, sometimes the fit could be greater. With additional compartments and attachments, your hospital lifts can customize its support for better handling your medical equipment for a safer and more efficient servicing.

Customizing Your Mechanical Lift for Greater Efficiency

Hospital are the most serviced medical equipment that requires a heavy-duty lift. Because manufacturing companies create their own models of hospital beds, you will want to ensure that the hospital bed lifts at your facility are compatible with various models. As a result, customizable compartments and attachments are now available. 

Specialty Lifting Pad Adapters

Suitable for the hospital beds and other medical equipment at your facility, specialty lifting pad adapters serve to help support and stabilize the lifted equipment. This prevents a hospital bed from slipping or shifting while being lifted and lowered.

Specialty Bed Frames

If your facility owns customized or specialty hospital beds that are otherwise difficult to lift, custom fabricated components can be manufactured specifically to your model, ensuring a safe lifting for repair.

SVI International Inc.: Manufacturing Quality Service Lifts for Decades

At SVI International, we are dedicated to providing the safest and most efficient mechanical lifting equipment for your lifting needs. While we are confident our hospital bed lifts are a great product, we can also customize our lifts to meet your unique manufacturing or service needs! In addition to hospital and surgical beds, our adapters allow you to use our lifts for different types of medical equipment. Contact us to place an order or inquire about how we can provide a solution to meet your needs!