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  Heavy Lifting Tips
At Rhino, we like to offer our customers advice and support where we can when it comes to Van Hire, particularly where safety is involved.  Heavy lifting can cause serious injury and is taken very seriously by the HSE.  Whilst domestic van use does not carry the same legislation as commercial users, we highly recommend that our customers follow the same guidance and legislation that commercial operators are bound by.  After all, its your safety and of others that could be on the line.

More than a third of all work place injuries reported to the HSE are related to manual handling and lifting injuries, thats around 3 times that of reported trips and falls!  A few common mistakes leading to injury are;
  • Lifting excessively heavy / bulky loads - think to yourself, is this necessary? can I split the load into 2 smaller, lighter loads?
  • Holding loads away from the body - Can I hold the load in different way so it is closer to my body? this will increase your balance and reduce the risk of falls.
  • Long carry distance - Can the distance that I have to carry the object be reduced? Can I move the van closer?
  • Large vertical lifts - Can I reduce the vertical distance i have to lift the object? Put heaviest items low in the van and lighter items on top.
  • Is there a clear route? - Ensure the route you have to carry the load is clear and free from obstruction BEFORE you start to move.
  • Environment? is the route well lit, clear from debris, slippery?
  • Lifting aids - Where loads are not easily lifted, we recommend lifting aids are used, such as sack trucks.
  • Plan the lift - Assess the item you are planning to lift and assess where you are moving it to - is there a clear space? if you have to move a long distance, consider how you might stop mid way and rest.
Your personal safety is if primary importance, the following steps can be taken to reduce the risk of injury;
  • Keep the load close to the waist for as long as possible, keeping the heaviest side of the load closest to the body to increase stability.
  • Adopt a stable starting position before attempting a lift.
  • Ensure a good grip / hold on the object.
  • Bend with your knees, NOT you back.
  • Avoid twisting / bending whilst moving the object, try to walk in straight lines and keep the head up.
  • Move smoothly avoiding jerky movements or jaunts that increase the load on the body.
  • Don't lift what is not comfortable to manage and always put down and adjust if uncomfortable.

It is recommended that the maximum weight that a male can carry with straight arms adjacent to his waist is 25kg and 16kg for women, however this is the recommend MAXIMUM and each individual should assess whether an item is suitable for them to lift of not. 

The above guidance is for your information only, if you are in any doubt as to the appropriateness or want further advice on heavy lifting / manual handling, we recommend you contact the Health and Safety Executive for further guidance.

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