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Transportation - Driver Loading and Unloading

Many workers are injured during the loading and unloading process. Items are sometimes too heavy or too bulky for safe lifting. Too often loading an unloading sites are not safe, or proper machinery is not available. And drivers sometimes feel an obligation to complete a job and will load or unload without proper assistance.  


To avoid potential injuries, employers should require workers to:


  • Use and maintain lift-aid equipment such as cranes, hand carts, dollies, and stationary rollers rather than lifting by hand whenever possible.
  • When materials must be moved by hand, use appropriate body positioning. Avoid lifting from the floor level. Avoid extended reaching away from the body or overhead when
    moving materials.
  • Ask for help when lifting heavy or bulky objects.