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Manual Handling of Heavy Items and What You Need to Know

Did you know? According to Health and Safety Executive UK, over a third of injuries which occur at the workplace are caused by manual handling. Some common injuries reported include musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) including aches and injuries to the arms, back, legs and joints!

What is manual handling?

Manual handling is the use of human body to lift, lower, push, pull and carry items and if any of these tasks are not carried out appropriately there is a risk of injury. In some serious cases, poor manual handling could lead to physical impairment or permanent disability, that’s why safety measures should never be taken lightly!

Manual Handling Of Heavy Items And What You Need To Know

Always take into account

  1. Individual capability
    Don’t exert yourself! Always assess the weight of the load. If it’s too heavy reduce the weight by separating it into two separate loads.
  2. Nature of Load
    Is it sharp, bulky or fragile?
  3. Environmental Conditions
    Always check the surroundings first for slippery floors, obstruction of path and the distance of having to carry the load.

The Correct Way of Lifting Heavy Loads Manually

  • Stand close to the load with feet apart
  • Get a good grip!
  • Bend your knees and lift object up
  • Don’t bend your back!
  • Keep the load closest to the waist
  • Keep your balance when moving with one foot in front of the other
  • When walking look ahead and not at the load
  • Slowly lower the load and then only arrange its position)

Consider using lifting equipment

Use Dolly boards, skates, trolleys and sack trucks to speed up the moving process and reduce the risk of injuries.

Moving loads has never been easier with Easycrates!

With Easycrates, you can move your items quicker and more securely. With no assembly needed, it’ll cut down packing time in half. Simply open and use! Plus, with easy grip handles you can have a secure grip of the load. Just place them on skates or sack trucks and move them easily and conveniently.

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