Provide adequate resources and controls:
- Sufficient workers and time for task
- Adequate rest breaks and recovery time
- Lifting aids and equipment (cranes, vacuum lifters, genie lifts)
- Specialized equipment such as spring/scissor trolleys, height adjustable pallet lifters with a turntable, etc.
- Team-lifts, ensure:
- All members of team-lift are matched in size, skills, capabilities
- Number of persons proportionate to weight of load and level of difficulty
- Lifts are planned and rehearsed
- Person allocated to plan and be in charge of lift – all others to know their roles
- Sufficient space to manoeuvre
- Use aids where possible (lifting bars, handles etc.).
Where persons are required to lift without lifting aids, ensure:
- Lift within physical capabilities of individual
- Weight of object is known
- Extreme force will not be required
- Object can be held close to body (this excludes large/bulky items that are difficult to grasp, or hot/cold objects that cannot be held against body)
- Flat, even floor surface, short travel distance with no obstructions
- Sufficient lighting
- Suitable weather conditions (e.g. large awnings can be unsafe to lift in high winds)
- Objects to be lifted are in suitable condition (dry, stable, even distribution of weight, handles where possible, allows good grip, will not block vision, no sharp edges)
- Objects will not be lifted up/down ladders
- Suitable PPE provided e.g. snug-fitting furniture removalist gloves, safety shoes with non-slip soles
Using Caulking products/gun:
- Choose caulking gun that comfortably fits your hand
- Maintain good posture avoiding awkward twisting and side bending
- Avoid over reaching.
Do not cut safety straps holding awning arms in place until mounted, secured and ready to deploy. Stand clear.