Manual Handling

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 What things affect ability to lift:

    1. Load weight
    2. Frequency
    3. Unstable load
    4. Hand distance from the lower back
    5. Carry distance
    6. Vertical lift distance
    7. Too large to see over or around
    8. Trunk twisting
    9. Sideways bending
    10. Postural constraints
    11. Grip on the load
    12. Floor surface
    13. Other environmental factors i.e. cold, hot, icy

Manual Handling applies to a wide range of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying.

  • Where possible, gloves should be worn to protect against cuts, scratches or punctures.
  • Wear safety boots or shoes to protect toes from falling loads.
  • Size up the load and, if necessary, make a trial lift.
  • Know your limits, ask for help if you feel it is beyond your capability.
  • Do not attempt to lift alone any load that is too heavy, too large or awkward.
  • See that there are no obstructions in the direction you will be going.
  • Take up position, feet hip breadth apart, one foot slightly advanced pointing in direction it is intended to move.
  • Bend the knees, back muscles should be relaxed.
  • Get a secure grip of the load.
  • Lift, keeping the back straight, arms close to body, leg muscles taking the strain.
  • Step off in direction advanced foot is pointing, load held close to body.
  • Do not carry a load which obscures the vision.
  • When lifting to heights from the floor do it in two stages.




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