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MMH - Handholds on Load and Gripping Aids - II

What should I know about grip aids?

Use gripping aids to lift or carry awkward loads that do not have handles. Various types are avalable including:

  • Use lifting straps for cylindrical objects.
Lifting straps for cylindrical objects
Lifting straps for cylindrical objects
  • Use carrying handles for boxes.
Carrying handles
  • Use a 'Gator grip' to handle awkward objects with sharp edges.
Gator grip
  • Use vacuum lifters to handle sheet materials or plates.
Vacuum lifters
Two person vacuum lifter
  • Use furniture straps to lift and move heavy, bulky objects.
    • Position buckle between the body and the load.
    • Keep body straight.
Furniture straps
Buckle position
Keep body straight

Document last updated on October 22, 2002
Document confirmed current on October 7, 2013

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