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About Us: The Story
In 2000 James R. Heberling, then a welder for the Sacramento City Unified School District in Sacramento, California, invented a tool that would make it physically easier for the district’s janitorial staff to transfer waste from trash containers to dumpsters. The idea came from conversations Heberling had with custodial manager, Richard Remund. Heberling, who has a background in metal work training from Hiram Johnson High School and helped to design and build Pro Stock Race Cars for Alston Race Cars, has an eye for efficiency and utility in ergonomic design. While others have attempted to create a product that would relieve the strain of dumping heavy waste containers, the simplicity of and customer satisfaction with Heberling’s product, which he named the Eagle Lift, is unparalleled.
With Heberling’s permission, SCUSD patented the Eagle Lift in 2002 (U.S. Patent #7018155), and in 2015 the SCUSD granted an exclusive licensing agreement to Heberling to manufacture and sell the Eagle Lift. Heberling launched Lifeline Lift Co. Inc. in 2016 with the goal to make the Eagle Lift widely accessible to the public. Heberling realized that a product like the Eagle Lift will improve the quality of life for janitorial and custodial staff, and that the long-term benefit of such a product would be a more satisfied work crew. Seeing value in both helping to prevent injuries related to lifting heavy containers and in creating employee satisfaction, Heberling has pursued his vision to manufacture the Eagle Lift.
About Us: The Product
The Eagle Lift is uniquely and ergonomically designed to stabilize, control, and easily transfer the contents a full 32- to 44-gallon trash container (such as those commonly used in cafeterias) into a dumpster, via a process that Lifeline Lift Co. calls the “dump cycle.” At the height of the cycle, the Eagle Lift has the capability to remain stable in an upside down position in order to allow time to remove all contents and/or drain all liquids from the trash container before lowering it back to the ground.
The Eagle Lift has nine key features that make its design easy and convenient for single-operator use:
· The can receiver allows the trash container to roll directly into it and does not require the operator to lift or place the trash container onto anything.
· The can retainer is a two-pronged mechanism that secures both the upper and lower parts of the the trash container in the receiver during the dump cycle. The two-pronged arm, which opens and closes on a manually-operated spring mechanism, is what allows the operator to conveniently stabilize and secure the trash container for the duration of a lift cycle.
· The dumpster attachment hook secures the Eagle Lift to the side of any dumpster that has a 90 degree vertical side with a maximum height of 57 inches and a maximum lip width of 3 inches.
· The lift handle is the mechanism that the operator will use to initiate the lift-and-dump cycle. It is also one of the four “grab points” for lowering the mechanism at the end of the cycle.
· The lift handle safety release is designed to prevent the lift handle from being raised when the Eagle Lift is not attached to a dumpster.
· The Eagle Lift is built with wheels that allow it to be used as a dolly to transport the trash container from its location to the dumpster. It can also remain attached to the dumpster to be used solely to dump trash.
· The stabilizer bar rests against the dumpster and stabilizes the Eagle Lift alongside the dumpster during the dump cycle.
· The Eagle Lift includes a chain loop that can be used to secure the lift to the dumpster to prevent theft.
· Lastly, the Eagle Lift includes four convenient grab points—the lower bar of the can receiver, the lower and upper arms of the retainer, and the lift handle—designed to make lowering the product back to the ground safe and easy after the trash contents have been emptied.