Dollies & Furniture Skates – What you need to know

Effective manual handling is often a case of finding a simple solution to a complicated problem.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) define manual handling as:
“…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force”.

In all walks of life we are required to move a heavy or awkward items, these can often also be expensive. Therefore the equipment we use must be reliable and practical.
A dolly is a simple, cost-effective piece of equipment. It can be used almost anywhere and is particularly suited to warehouse or office environments.

When you are looking for a dolly, there are a number of things to look out for:

Wheels

The quality and capability of any dolly comes down to the wheels. A poorly attached wheel or a flimsy wheel bracket will not support a significant load and could cost a lot more than the value of the dolly itself. When buying a dolly, look for high quality wheels. You may want to specify a non-marking wheel or a rubber wheel for a smoother ride.

Surface

We recommend a non-slip surface on the platform to keep the load secure. Cheaper dollies often are constructed from plywood, with no covering. These products might be perfectly adequate for occasional, non-essential use, but are susceptible to warping and water damage over time.

Brakes

In certain circumstances a user may want to hold a load on a slight incline. We recommend buying a dolly with a braked wheel so that there is no danger of movement. Once a heavy load starts to slip down a slope, it will soon gather momentum and can cause a serious Health and Safety problem.

Capacity

The capacity of a dolly is based on Uniform Distributed Load (UDL). It is very rare for a high quality dolly to fail under a heavy load, but it is important to distribute the weight evenly across the dolly.
You can buy a dolly from PARRS from anything between £34 and £200. We recommend that you always over-specify the dolly in order to make sure that you make the manual handling task as easy as possible and you have the peace of mind that you are moving bulky items safely and securely.

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