Lifting and moving devices
Often people will attempt to lift or move items that are too heavy because they believe it will take too long to get assistance either from another worker or a lifting device. Even if you do use a lifting or moving device you can still be at risk of musculoskeletal injury if you rush and don’t follow procedures.
- Use the right equipment for the job.
- Avoid twisting.
- Know your lifting capacity.
Crushing injuries Musculoskeletal disorders
Identified Hazards and Controls
- Twisting when pushing a trolley while trying to turn a corner.
- Using an inappropriate trolley for the task.
- Malfunctioning equipment.
- Muscle strains from twisting, bending, and over-reaching.
- Always push a trolley forward.
- Position the trolley as close to the items as possible.
- Use the foot brakes while loading if the trolley has them.
- Use a semi-squat position to load the items.
- Steer a trolley around a corner by stepping to the side and guiding the trolley in the same direction.
- Provide a trolley that adapts to the weight (as weight is removed the floor of the trolley raises to ensure the user doesn’t have to bend down low to reach items.)
- Provide information training and instruction on the correct procedures for using lifting and moving devices as well as lifting techniques.
- Check to see procedures are being followed by providing adequate supervision to workers who are new to the task.
- The contents falling out of the box and onto the feet.
- Unstable loads toppling over.
- Check the item before you lift it to look for any obvious deterioration in the containment device (box, canister, container etc.). Deterioration could occur due to rodents, the item becoming wet, or continually varying environmental conditions.
- Don’t overload trolleys. Make another trip if necessary. It may only take a bump to knock the items off.
- When purchasing a container consider its life span, its suitability to the task and how long you will be using it.
- Use a professional archive or storage company to store items for long periods of time. They may have better environmental controls in place to prevent deterioration of boxes/ containers.
- Provide equipment (trolleys etc.) to move heavy boxes long distances.
- Provide instructions on appropriate load weights.
- Provide manual handling training.