Frame Wall Lifter in Construction

The Problem

  • Walls are constructed on the ground in a horizontal position. After the wall is built, a framing crew lifts the wall to an upright position.
  • Workers are exposed to extremely high forces when manually erecting interior and exterior walls of a home. These high forces may put workers at risk of back and shoulder injuries.
  • The risk of injury from lifting depends on the weight and size of the load, the number of loads lifted, and the number of workers assisting with the lift.
  • Further risk may occur when lifting heavy walls with too few workers or in poor weather conditions (ice, rain, wind).

One Solution

  • The wall lifter allows newly constructed, low-rise residential wall frames to be lifted with one to two workers.
  • The wall lifter is hydraulic, reducing the physical demand required for this task.

How It Works

  • The frame wall lifter hinge plate is secured to the subflooring with nails and the wall metal plate interface is connected to the top of the frame wall.
  • One type of lifter is activated by pushing a lever which is hydraulically powered. Others are mechanically powered.
  • Once the wall has been lifted to an upright position, 2x4 studs are nailed into place to temporarily hold the wall until it has been permanently secured.


  • Frame wall lifters reduce the risk of injury since manual lifting of the constructed wall is largely eliminated.
  • Risk of crushing injuries is reduced or eliminated because workers are not directly in contact with the wall when it is being lifted.
  • Large walls can be lifted by small crews even when other workers are not available for assistance.
  • The frame wall lifter may increase productivity because only one to two workers are required to lift the wall.

For More Information

  • Products may also be found on the internet using the following search terms: “frame wall lifter.”
  • Local contractor tool and equipment suppliers or rental companies may be another source of information on products.

References or resources

The information was used as part of a project “Kramer, D., Bigelow, P., Vi, P., Garritano, E., Wells, R. Encouraging construction companies to adopt innovations to reduce MSDs using different knowledge transfer techniques. 2008-2011. Workplace Safety and insurance Board (Ontario)”. In partnership with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association of Ontario and CRE-MSD.

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