• Principle contractor site Manager

  • AGL Project Manager for this site

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  • Location

Manual Handling

  • Manual Handling

    Overview This talk will cover: considerations and good techniques for manual handling.

    Considerations for manual handling

    1 Always use mechanical handling methods instead of manual handling if possible, e.g. forklifts or pallet trucks, etc.
    2 Know your capabilities; only tackle jobs that you can handle.
    3 Can you handle the load yourself, or do you need assistance?
    4 Is there a clear walkway with good lighting to the work area?
    5 Where possible, establish the weight of the load before lifting.
    6 Wear gloves to protect against cuts and punctures.
    7 Wear safety boots or shoes to protect from falling loads.
    8 Carry out a trial lift by rocking the load from side to side then try lifting it in a small amount to get a ‘feel’ for it.

    Good handling technique

    1 Stand reasonably close to the load, feet hip-width apart, one foot slightly forward pointing in the direction you’re going.
    2 Bend your knees and keep your back straight.
    3 Get a secure grip on the load.
    4 Breathe in before lifting as this helps to support the spine.

    5 Use a good lifting technique, keep your back straight and lift using your legs.
    6 Keep the load close to your body.
    7 Don’t carry a load that obscures your vision.
    8 Lift slowly and smoothly.

    9 Avoid jerky movements.
    10 Avoid twisting your body when lifting or carrying a load.
    11 When lifting to a height from the floor, do it in two stages.
    12 When two or more people lift a load, one person must take control to co-ordinate the lift.

    Note to supervisor: Now inform your workforce of the company policy regarding manual handling.

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