A Solution for Lifting Above Your Shoulders

A Solution for Lifting Above Your Shoulders
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21 Mar 2018

Lifting heavy items in the workplace is a huge headache for many business owners and workers alike. Not only is there a risk of injury, but the logistics, time and effectiveness of moving heavy or bulky items can often be a troublesome but necessary task. As well as ensuring staff are using the right lifting techniques, it is also essential to have the right lifting equipment to help with getting heavy bulky items stored correctly. A Pallet Lifter is one solution to the problem. We’re going to take a look at these two injury and risk prevention solutions; correct technique and correct equipment

Correct lifting technique

If your business requires a lot of moving and handling by staff, it's fundamental you provide them with training on effective moving and handling skills and technique. Manual handling includes anything to do with not only lifting but pulling, pushing and holding. Most injuries caused by manual handling can be avoided with correct technique. One consideration is the weight of the object, but some other important considerations include the size and how high you want to lift it. Basic lifting techniques include:

  • Make sure you are standing close to the item

  • Keep a wide base of support with your feet

  • Know where you're taking the object before you begin and check the path is clear

  • Keep your back straight, good posture and use your stomach muscles

  • Lift slowly and precisely, don’t rush

  • Distribute the weight evenly on your legs

  • Hold the load as close to your body as possible

  • Take your time and walk slowly

  • When you are putting the item down bend your legs

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Correct lifting equipment

There will be instances where a load is too heavy, too bulky or the height is too much for an individual to lift and this is where you will need equipment. Having the right equipment will reduce the risk of back injury as you are no longer forced to bend and carry. Lifting equipment is anything that is used to a load, including lifts, winches, hoists and cranes. Some examples of good equipment include loaders, lifts and pallet positioners. When selecting a piece of equipment you need to consider that it is suitable for the job and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

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Pictured: STURGO® Spring Loaded Pallet Positioner

When you decide to purchase lifting equipment, it's important to educate your staff on their correct usage and eliminates any risks associated with using it. There will be a safe recommended maximum load that the equipment can tolerate as recommended by the manufacturer and it is important that this is not exceeded.
When purchasing equipment four key considerations are:

  • Getting the right piece of equipment and making sure it well maintained

  • Doing a risk assessment to identify any risks that can happen as a result of using the equipment

  • Be sure to follow the manufacturer's guidance

  • Ensure staff are trained on how to use the equipment

  • Make sure there is an effective system for staff to report any faults and damage

Are you looking to purchase products that will make lifting heavy items a breeze? Contact us today and we will give you the right advice on the best equipment for your business.

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