California Tool Company, On the Move

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Patented system gets positive attention from Cal-OSHA and a boost in the consumer market.

The GRIPSystem™, ( a patented tool for anyone faced with the often dreaded task of moving large items such as furniture, appliances, TV’s and other awkward items, gets some welcomed encouragement from Cal-OSHA with an inclusion in their recent publication of alternative safety solutions. “This is a huge boost for our product as well as our company,” says Robert Ripoyla and Larry Garman, owners of GRIPSystem. "We’ve spent over five years in development and testing to make sure the product had the best design possible, and it’s great to get the recognition of such a powerful organization as OSHA.”

The GRIPSystem’s design incorporates a shoulder harness and lumbar support which allows tandem users to lift and carry virtually any size and shaped object on an adjustable support strap with a new found ease, stability and safety. “It’s an amazing tool that you have to see to believe,” Says Ripoyla. The design redirects an objects weight directly to the user’s legs, drastically reducing the stress and strain normally put on the lower back, arms and hands with conventional lifting techniques. The added ability to leave the users hands free to balance the load and negotiate the path has helped to make the GRIPSystem the tool of choice for many in the moving industry.

Although consumer feedback has been extremely positive, it’s the hard facts and safety data that have the company excited. Results from a two year bio-mechanics study conducted at the University of California at Davis, which was recently published in two national medical journals, showed the GRIPSystem’s patented design reduced the back strain caused by lifting by as much as 70% over normal lifting techniques. A staggering reduction that’s getting attention from workers’ compensation insurance companies and risk-management consultants across the country who deal with occupational safety concerns.

“But it’s not limited to the moving industry,” Garman points out. “Any job that requires the manual lifting, carrying or moving of large, heavy, hard to move items could benefit from the GRIPSystem. It’s really only a matter of how creative the end users can be in adapting it to their needs.” Aside from working with several different industries, introducing the system and it's techniques to their specific trades, the GRIPSystem has also began offering custom color combinations and custom logo embroidering for companies who wish to implement the system into their workplace, and retain their unique company identity.

It appears that all their hard work and effort is paying off. Consumer sales in the first quarter of 2005 jumped by 52% in the US market alone. And with no sign of slowing down, the GRIPSystem anticipates bigger moves on the horizon.

For more information contact:


P.O. Box 691692

Stockton, Ca 95269-1692

Toll Free 877-842-5903

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