(Before starting your meeting, consider how your people are involved in routine materials handling and how they do it. You may wish to review your company's back injury records and discuss haw some injuries might have been prevented had the person used a
hand truck rather than lifting manually)
Welcome to today's safety meeting. Our topic this time around is hand trucks. While this may sound like a minor issue, proper use of hand trucks can reduce one of the nations' leading workplace safety issues - back injuries.
When to Use Hand Trucks
Many back injuries are a result of lifting heavy or awkward loads. They can sometimes be prevented simply by using a hand truck. There's no hard and fast rule on when to use hand trucks, but common sense should tell you when a load is too heavy or cumbe rsome to lift manually.
Hand Truck Hazards
What takes a little more thought is choosing the right hand truck for the job. Make sure you choose one that is the right size and design to handle the load. Curved bed trucks, for example, are designed to handle drums.
With that in mind, think about loading and operating the hand truck safely.
Two-wheeled hand trucks look easy to handle, but it's just as easy to lose the load and injure yourself or a co-worker if you don't keep safety in mind. When loading any hand truck:
Also be sure that you can see over the load. If this is impossible and you can't reduce the size of the load, get someone to serve as a guide. Also take extra care to place your hands properly so they won't get squeezed or crushed by the load
Powered hand trucks are the most dangerous kind of hand truck. That's why operators must be trained to use them. Some things to keep in mind when using powered hand trucks include:
By keeping these simple tips in mind, we should be able to steer clear of any major hand truck incidents and injuries.