How to Avoid Injury When Heavy Lifting

From building and construction to warehousing, freight and logistics there are many industries which require the moving and lifting of heavy items, and with heavy lifting comes the potential for workers to experience common injuries such as muscle strains, back sprains, and wrist and elbow pain. At Height 4 Hire we can supply all the equipment you need to get any heavy lifting or access job done safely, from manlift hire to scissor lifts, forklifts and more. A single overexertion or constant repeated motion both have the potential to cause serious injury, so let’s look at a few ways to keep workers safe from harm in heavy lifting situations.

Keep Equipment and Materials in the “Power Zone” if Lifting Manually

For any tools, products or equipment that must be manually lifted, these should always be placed at “power zone” height, which is mid-thigh to mid-chest. This zone is close to the body, where the arms and back can lift the most with the least amount of effort. This helps workers to bend at the knees, instead of the waist, maintaining proper spine alignment.

Limit the Weight for Manual Lifting

Try to keep the load weight for manual lifting under 20 kilograms. When lifting loads heavier than this, two or more people, or specialised equipment should be used to perform the task.

Train Your Workers

Training workers on proper lifting and manual handling techniques will also help reduce the risk of injuries. Carrying loads incorrectly such as over the shoulder, under an arm, or in one hand, can create uneven pressure on the spine resulting in neck and back disorders. Also ensure workers work in teams to lift when required and rotate tasks if possible so staff are not exposed to the same heavy lifting activity for too long.

Use Material Lifts

Using mechanical material lifts such as a forklift, man lifts or duct lifts decreases the need for workers to manually lift materials, minimising the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

Duct lifters (also known as a material hoist) are hand operated telescopic masts used for lifting heavy objects and other building materials. It can lift heavy items up to 300kg to a height of up to 18ft (5.50m) and is ideal for tight access areas.

Man Lifts are ideal for vertical elevation in confined spaces. Compact, narrow, and with a small footprint for working in hard to reach places, man lifts are electric and feature non-marking tyres for use indoors. They are available in heights between 12ft (3.65m) to 30ft (9.1m).

Fork Lifts serve the needs of various industries including warehouses and storage facilities. They feature a power operated forked platform at the front that can be raised and lowered for insertion under a heavy load to lift or move it.

At Height 4 Hire, our man lifts and duct lifters are easy to operate and our team will help with basic instructions upon hire to ensure you can use the equipment confidently and safely at all times. To enquire about manlift hire, ducter lifts, scissor lifts or forklift rental, get in touch with our team online today or give us a call on (07) 3713 0500.