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Manual Handling With Sack Trucks

Workplace accidents are a common occurrence – with the majority of them being completely avoidable by using the right equipment and training your staff to use it properly. It’s estimated that at least 35% of injuries that lead to employees being off work for a total of three days or more are caused by accidents from neglecting simple manual handling guidelines. If you’re regularly moving large or heavy items at work or stock around your warehouse and are yet to invest in a good quality sack truck – now is the time.    

As you can imagine, employers don’t take to these accidents too kindly – they’re not good for business. That’s why there are certain rules and regulations in place where manual handling, such as lifting, carrying and loading, is common practice. We’ve put together a quick guide for you to follow to help you keep safe when manual handling with sack trucks in the workplace.


Choosing the right sack truck

Of course, there’s a few important factors that you need to be aware of before carrying the load. If you know how much the load weighs, great, if not then you need to estimate how much you’ll be transporting. This is important so you choose the right sack truck for the job, as there are many variations available which each have a different maximum load capacity. If you’re estimating the weight of the load, consider splitting the load up so you’re confident that you’re not carrying more than the sack truck can cope with. 

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Can you handle it?

Without a doubt, the most important thing to consider is judging how difficult the load in question will be to move. Can your sack truck handle the load weight? If it’s large, consider getting a helping hand or splitting the load into a couple of trips as carrying a load that’s too heavy for you can lead to the sack truck pulling away from you, leading you to lose control. This is the most common mistake made by people in the workplace –  it’s better to stay safe than take a little extra time transporting the load. Our electric sack trucks and electric stair climbers are powered to enable a load to be moved with ease, even up stairs.


Plan your route

As simple as it sounds, ensuring you know your route will help you move the load more safely. Will you be passing through fire doors? Are there any obstacles in the way? Don’t be afraid to ask someone to help you open doors or guide you around tight obstacles. If you spend time twisting your body and looking elsewhere, it’s easy to lose control of the sack truck. You should also make sure the floor is dry and clear of any debris to prevent any unnecessary slips or trips. Where possible, you should try and avoid carrying the load up stairs, although a selection of our trucks are specifically designed to help you transport loads up steps or stairs by incorporating a three wheel system, such as our Stairclimber sack trucks.


Wear protective clothing

Last but certainly not least, it goes without saying that you should also be wearing the correct PPE clothing and equipment. Loose fitting clothing, steel cap safety boots and protective gloves are usually enough to prevent most common injuries. Obviously this will vary depending which industry you’re working in, with some requiring you to wear equipment such as hard hats. You can view our full collection in our PPE department.


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