Using Lifting Aids

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There are lots of different trolleys used in the workplace. Some of them would be in a warehouse or industrial setting. Others would be in an office setting. So what we have got here is just a variety of different types, we are going to have a look at to start with. The first one we will look at is the flat bed type trolleys. This is a flat bed trolley with sides on it, it's got four wheels, two of the wheels are fixed and two are movable also the sides come off for ease of loading and keeping the load secure, there's a smaller one here which falls flat, which is often used in an office situation where people are moving heavy papers to their cars, things like that, because the handle does fall flat and you can put it in the boot of the car and then move it at the other end easily. There's also a trolley here, which is literally just four wheels on a plastic base and these are used with different types of product on top and boxes and it means you can just push them around easily within the workplace and each one of the wheels has got locks on them, so it fits them solid.

This one here is a sack truck. With sack truck, the idea there is you can push it into boxes or load it on boxes or sacks or any item and you would literally just tilt it back and you can move it quite safely and easily. And the final one we have got here is the pallet truck. Pallet truck is literally as it says, for used moving pallets, so this will push underneath the pallet, you can lift the pallet up, move it and they are very easy to maneuver. The thing with any one of these trolleys is, first of all, you have got to be using a trolley that's safe. So before you use any type of trolley, you are going to need to do a quick visual inspection to make sure there's nothing damaged on the trolleys, if there are any ID tags on them or service tags, you need to make sure the trolley's okay to use. Also, you need to make sure that your employer allows you to use the trolleys. In some places, it may be that you can not use a pallet truck unless you have had a separate training on that truck.

So have a good look through. Such things you are looking for also, if you are in a warehouse type setting, there may be shrink wrap plastic and the shrink wrap plastic can very easily get tangled around the wheels. So have a look around all the wheels, just give it a little push forwards and backwards, just make sure it's going okay and there is actually caught within the wheels themselves. And also look at the trolley choice. So pick the right trolley for the job. For example, if you are moving lots of smaller bags and items more bulky, you might need a trolley with sides on. Or if you are just moving a single box, this may well be better. But make sure the choice of the trolley is correct for the purpose that you are working with.

So when you are loading a trolley, you have gotta make sure the trolley does not move. Some of them will have independent breaks on and you just push your foot down, or they might have a separate hand brake on them, or if you are loading a pallet with a pallet truck, you want to make sure all the palates is in down position, because otherwise as you put stuff on it, it can move. Also Consider the site conditions. In here, it's a nice flat floor, however, it may be there's lumps of cardboard or stone which will could jam up the wheels. If you are working on slopes, also need to be very careful there that load does not a shift.

Important things with the trolley's is never overload, never run with the trolley pushing it, just go at normal walking pace, because if you go too fast with them, then the load can spill over or you can trip over and hurt yourself or hurt somebody else. And finally make sure you do not interfere with the trolley's system, do not adapt them beyond what the manufacturer is recommended for that product and also make sure you do not overload the trolley beyond what the manufacturers recommend.