Mechanical alternatives to manual handling of materials should be uses whenever possible to minimize lifting and bending requirements. These techniques include use:
Carts, and other mechanical devices.
Employees must be trained in the proper use and limitations of the equipment they operate. This includes knowing how to effectively use equipment such as forklifts, hoists, and slings.
Manufacturers’ manuals are valuable safety references for a variety of material handling equipment. Every effort should be made to keep the manuals available and to comply with the manufacturer’s instructions, specifications, and limitations.
Employees should avoid overloading equipment when moving materials mechanically by letting the weight, size, and shape of the material being moved dictate the type of equipment used. Rated capacity should be displayed on each piece of equipment.