Improving Manual Material Handling

2. Lifting/Lowering:  How to Lift

Avoid lifting or lowering from the floor, How To Do This

  • Store materials and/or products off the floor.
  • Arrange materials to arrive on pallets, and keep materials on pallets during storage.
  • Use a forklift to lift or lower the entire pallet of material, rather than lifting or lowering the material individually.
  • Arrange to have material off-loaded directly onto storage shelves. Store only lightweight or infrequently lifted items on the floor.
  • Use mechanical devices (e.g., lifts, hoists) whenever possible.
  • Avoid designing jobs that require workers to lift or lower materials to or from floor level.

A guy driving a forklift     Man using a pneumatic lift