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Safe Use of Hand Trucks

Hand trucks are effective for transferring the risk of handling heavy, large and awkward items.  The use of hand trucks can increase productivity.  It is important to remember these tips:

  • Use a hand truck appropriate for the job and load
  • When stacking items, keep the heaviest on the bottom
  • Use good body posture when loading the hand truck
  • Avoid stacking items too high so you can see where you are going
  • Plan your route and be aware of potential hazards
  • Avoid walking backwards with a hand truck
  • Push rather than pull the hand truck
  • Use your leg muscles to move the hand truck
  • Be aware of tight spaces to avoid pinching hands
  • Park hand truck in designated area after use