Practical Manual Handling Techniques
Single person LIFT
The most common work activity is the single person lift; the stages are as follows:
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?
POSITION the FEET
Feet alongside the load.
One foot slightly in front of the other to provide a stable base.
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.
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.
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.
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.