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Toolbox Talk Manual Handling

08 Jun 2020 - Flaaim

We should consider the following:

  1. Always use mechanical handling methods instead of manual handling if possible e.g. forklifts and levers.
  2. Know your capabilities; only tackle lifts you can handle.
  3. Can you handle the load yourself, do you need assistance?
  4. Is there a clear walkway with good lighting to the work area?

Checks that should be carried out before lifting:

  1. Always check you know the weight of the load before lifting
  2. Wear gloves to protect against cuts and punctures
  3. Wear safety boots or shoes to protect from falling loads
  4. Carry out a trial lift by rocking the load from side to side, then
  5. Try lifting it a small amount to get a ‘feel’ for it.

By doing so we hope to be able to: -

Reduce the Number of accidents and incidents on site

BAD MANUAL HANDLING TECHNIQUES WILL ONLY CAUSEINJURIES

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