7. Manual Handling
Lifting and moving loads by hand is the biggest cause of injury in the work place. Lifting should be carried out in accordance with the following guidelines:
- If a load is awkward or beyond your capability you must get help.
- Check all packaging and articles for sharp edges and projections before lifting.
- Ensure that there are no obstructions in your path before lifting any article.
- Ensure that you can see around a load when lifting it.
- Ensure that there is adequate room to put down a load when you have moved it.
- When lifting stand close to the load with your feet slightly apart. Keep your chin in, bend your knees and keep your back straight at all times. Straighten your knees using your thigh muscles. Always lift in stages (e.g. floor to knee, knee to carrying position).
- Always use your entire body weight in a controlled manner when pushing a load.
Heavy goods are to be lifted in accordance with the Company assessments for manual handling. Do not use lifting equipment unless you have been specifically authorized.
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