Pushing and Pulling

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Pushing and Pulling: Proper Techniques and Considerations

The Importance of Pushing and Pulling

Utilising Wheels for Easy Movement

Items equipped with wheels, such as trolleys, wheelie bins, or office chairs, can be pushed or pulled to facilitate transportation. Pushing is generally preferable to pulling. Before initiating the movement, perform a brief risk assessment to ensure a safe and efficient process.

Assessing the Load and Ground Conditions

Considerations for Effective Pushing

Determine the weight of the load and evaluate the physical size. For optimal control, position the load between shoulder and waist height. Additionally, assess the ground conditions, as uneven surfaces can increase the effort required to push the load by up to 10%.

Mitigating Risks and Ensuring Control

Securing the Load and Preventing Accidents

Prioritize safety by checking for any potential hazards, ensuring nothing can fall out during movement. Take necessary precautions to avoid feet or body parts getting run over. In challenging situations, involve an additional person for assistance, especially when dealing with slopes or heavy loads.

Operating with Brakes and Slopes

Managing Stability and Control

When moving a load on a slope, be cautious, as the weight can quickly accelerate or pull away. Release the brakes before starting the movement and reapply them when stopping or leaving the load unattended. Maintain a steady walking pace to avoid losing control of the load.

Efficient Start and Stop Techniques

Optimising Energy and Momentum

Keep in mind that starting and stopping a load can require double the energy compared to maintaining momentum. Begin the movement with sufficient force and ensure a controlled deceleration. Avoid excessive speed, as it can compromise stability and control.