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Practical Manual Handling Techniques

Single person LIFT


The most common work activity is the single person lift; the stages are as follows:


Step: 1


STOP and THINK

  • Where is the load being moved to?

  • Is the route clear?

  • Where is the load going to be put down?

  • Is there need for a rest point en-route?

  • Is the load safe to pick up?

  • Is a grip change required because of the shape of the load?

  • Is help needed?


Step: 2


POSITION the FEET

  • Feet alongside the load.

  • One foot slightly in front of the other to provide a stable base.


Step: 3


BEND the KNEES

  • Keep the back straight.

  • Loads low to the floor need care. A slight bending of the back is more preferable than a full squat or stooping.


Step: 4


Get a FIRM GRIP, keep the BACK STRAIGHT

  • Test the load for balance and weight, never lift beyond your capability - seek help.

  • Ensure a good hold is made, grasping the load in a hug close to the body may be preferable to using hands alone.


Step: 5


RAISE with the LEGS

  • Keep the shoulders in line, avoid leaning.

  • Look ahead when lifting.

  • Be aware not to bend the back which happens when the legs are straightened before the load is lifted.

  • The heaviest side of the load should be closest to the body.

  • Keep the load as close to the waist as you can when lifting. This is an important step in safe lifting.

  • Maintain smooth movements, no jerking the load.


step: 6


Keep the LOAD CLOSE to the BODY

  • Be vigilant when moving around.

  • Be aware of the blind spot just in front of your feet.

  • As much care must be taken when putting down as when lifting - with the process being undertaken in reverse.


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