Safe Work Practices Manual Lifting
13 Jun 2020 - Flaaim
- Rule of Thumb: Look up as you lift!
- Employees should know their physical limitations and the approximate weight of materials they are trying to lift.
- Obtain assistance in lifting heavy objects whenever the task may be more than can be safely handled.
- Before any manual lifting is done, the use of power equipment or mechanical lifting devices such as dollies, trucks or similar devices should be considered and employed where practical.
- Bulky loads should be carried in such a way as to permit an unobstructed view ahead.
- Ensure a good firm grip before lifting.
- Lift gradually, slowly, smoothly and without jerking.
- The back should be kept close to vertical or straight and the lifting should be done with the legs.
- Avoid unnecessary bending. Do not place objects on the floor if they must be picked up again later.
- Avoid unnecessary twisting. Turn your feet, not your hips or shoulders. Leave enough room to shift your feet so as not to twist.
- Avoid reaching out. Handle heavy objects close to the body. Avoid a long reach out to pick up an object.
- Do not be tempted at the last moment to swing the load onto the deck or shelf by bending or twisting your back; it could end up being your last heavy load.
- Pipes, conduit, reinforcing rods and other conductive materials should not be carried on the shoulder near exposed live electrical equipment or conductors.
- When two or more persons carry a heavy object that is to be lowered or dropped, there shall be a pre-arranged signal for releasing the load.
- When two or more persons are carrying an object, each employee, if possible, should face the direction in which the object is being carried.
- Keep in good physical shape, get proper exercise, maintain a good diet and always stretch before starting a shift.