Manual Lifting and Carrying
General: Protecting workers from injuries associated with material lifting and carrying
Application: Poorly planned lifts often result in strains, sprains, falls and hernia type injuries and other musculoskeletal Injuries. For safer lifting, a hazard assessment must be performed. Determine the approximate weight of the object, plan your direction of travel and ensure that there are no obstacles or slip/trip hazards.
Supervisor Responsibility: supervisor will provide awareness of musculoskeletal injuries for tasks, early signs and symptoms and preventative measures. Also, to facilitate and/or provide proper instruction to workers on protective requirements including selection of lifting equipment if required.
1. Before you lift, lower, push, pull, carry or handle a hazard assessment must be completed to include:
2. Be aware of hazardous and unsafe conditions
3. Ensure that you know your physical limitations and approximate weight of materials
4. The use of power equipment or mechanical lifting devices should be considered and employed where necessary and practical
5. Obtain assistance in lifting heavy objects
6. Use proper lifting technique, use your legs rather than your back muscles, and avoid twisting motions and keeping load close to body.
7. Do not lift more than 22.7 Kg (50 lbs) without assistance.
8. Stand to the side of load should load shift. Ensure no other workers in work area / line-of-fire.
9. Ensure good grip before lifting and employ proper lifting technique
10. Avoid reaching out
11. Use cut resistant gloves when un-skidding.
12. Regular stretching is recommended to prevent injuries. Participation in the Stretch Program is mandatory for direct hire personnel and subcontractors.
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