Use Trucks and Trolleys to See the Back of Injuries
If your job involves frequent lifting and handling of heavy items, you are at an increased risk of back injuries. But back injuries can be avoided by using lifting and handling aids which can largely remove or reduce the risk.
Why are injuries at work an issue?
Back injuries caused by manual handling are a common cause of sickness absence from work in the UK. But they are largely preventable, and so implementing preventative measures can be cost effective, and it protects workers.
Examples of the effects of injury from incorrect manual handling
What to consider when purchasing manual handling equipment
How trucks and trolleys can help you say goodbye to injuries
Any industry which uses manual handling in its day to day operations would benefit from using a truck or trolley to help reduce the risk of injury that comes from lifting heavy loads. Here’s a guide to trucks and trolleys and why they are so useful to help you carry out tasks:
Moving goods that are on a pallet
If your company gets large deliveries, you will notice that they usually arrive on a pallet. A pallet truck can help you to move all of the goods to your warehouse or stores, quickly and safely.
Pallet trucks are simple pieces of equipment, but they are also cleverly designed. They have 2 prongs at the front, and they slide under the pallet so it can be lifted. Pallet trucks can usually lift up to 2500kg.
Manual handling when you need to negotiate stairs
Sack trucks come in a variety of different designs. Some fold up for easy storage, and some are designed to make light work of taking goods up a flight of stairs.
When you need to move smaller items in an office environment
Use a shelf trolley. These trolleys are very versatile, and are perfect for moving a lot of small items. They are mainly made from plastic, so they are easy to move and they are lightweight.
You work in retail, distribution or cash and carry
If you work in an environment where you need to store lots of items, but storage space is at a premium, you can get trolleys that nest together to reduce the amount of space it requires to house them.
Lighter models are excellent for retail and distribution, and the heavier models are great for cash and carry outlets, where more items often need to be moved in one go.
You need to transport awkward loads such as sheets of wood, metal, or rolls
If you need to move items that are long or wide such as sheets of wood or metal, there are a number of trolleys that can make your job easier.
Wide load trolleys: these can be adjusted so you can move wide or narrow objects safely.
Balanced board trolley: these are perfect for moving large loads and panels.
Multipurpose board trolley: these are steel trolleys with different sections, and they are ideal for transporting items like dry boards, tubes, or timber.
High and Long Frame trolley: these are heavy duty trolleys which are designed so you can move large sheets of steel, wood, and other materials safely.