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Does a good grip matter?
Yes. Good handholds make lifting and carrying easier and safer.
- Use the "power grip" on loads with handles.
- Use the "hook grip" on loads with cut-out handholds.
- Curl your fingers around the edge.
- Do not hold the load with finger tips.
- Use containers with handles located more than halfway up the side of the container.
- Use the "ledge grip" to handle regularly shaped objects without handles.
- Hold the object with hands placed diagonally.
- Wear gloves where practical.
Document confirmed current on October 7, 2013
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