Toolbox Talk Manual Handling
08 Jun 2020 - Flaaim
We should consider the following:
- Always use mechanical handling methods instead of manual handling if possible e.g. forklifts and levers.
- Know your capabilities; only tackle lifts you can handle.
- Can you handle the load yourself, do you need assistance?
- Is there a clear walkway with good lighting to the work area?
Checks that should be carried out before lifting:
- Always check you know the weight of the load before lifting
- Wear gloves to protect against cuts and punctures
- Wear safety boots or shoes to protect from falling loads
- Carry out a trial lift by rocking the load from side to side, then
- 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
- Do stand reasonably close to the load, feet hip-width apart, one foot slightly forward pointing in the direction you’re going
- Bend your knees and keep your back straight
- Get a secure grip on the load
- Breathe in before lifting as this helps support the spine
- Use a good lifting technique, keep your back straight and lifting using your legs
- Keep the load close to your body
- Lift slowly and smoothly
When to or more people are lifting a load, one person must take control and co-ordinate the lift
- DON’T carry a load too close to your body
- DON’T carry a load that obscures your vision
- AVOID jerky and sharp movement
- AVOID twisting your body when lifting or carrying a load
- DON’T lift to a height from the floor, do the lift in stages
BAD MANUAL HANDLING TECHNIQUES WILL ONLY CAUSEINJURIES
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