New Construction Products April 2018 - Page 27

Little Beaver Earth Drills Address Aging Workforce Challenges Little Beaver’s Towable and UN-Towable Hydrau- lic Earth Drills combine safe and powerful drilling with hassle-free operation and transportation, making it easier for both veteran and inexperienced operators to be pro- ductive. Both drills are easy to operate and require mini- mal experience, making them ideal for use in a variety of industries, including landscaping, fence and sign installa- tion as well as park and recreation departments.   “The Towable and UN-Towable units are perfect for individuals who need the power of a hydraulic earth drill without the operating weight and transportation chal- lenges that can be associated with traditional units,” said Mike Hale, Little Beaver sales manager. “The drills’ weight is balanced over the wheels, allowing operators of any age or experience level to easily pivot them into place.”   That design helps prevent the sprains, strains and tears that are among the leading injuries on jobsites. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of these inju- ries require an employee to take time away from work, sometimes as long as 10 days, to recuperate.   Additionally, the proportion of U.S. workers 55 and older has increased from 31.3 percent in 1998 to 39.4 percent in 2008, and is expected to reach 43.5 percent this year. Studies show that with age comes greater likelihood for injuries on the jobsite.   Little Beaver turned to equipment design as a solution. The company designed the Towable and UN-Towable drills to lessen the toll on workers’ bodies. Their balanced design and easy maneuverability enhance operation and minimize downtime by reducing injuries. Addition- ally, these features appeal to those who prefer to avoid difficult labor or who have minimal experience operating hydraulic earth drills.   The UN-Towable has a 9-horsepower Honda engine while