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MMH - Mechanical Aids for Transporting Materials - I

What mechanical aids can be used?

Mechanical aids reduce physical effort, making materials handling easier and safer.

  • Check for the availability of mechanical aids before lifting or moving loads.
  • Select the right equipment to complete the task.
  • Do not operate any equipment if you are not trained to use it.
  • Keep the equipment in good and safe operating condition. It saves effort while transporting loads.
  • Make sure equipment is maintained properly and inspected regularly.
  • Visually inspect the equipment for any defects such as loose wheels or damaged platforms before use.
  • Use rolling platforms to assist in carrying and handling heavy objects where limited space does not allow for comfortable body position.
Rolling platforms
Rolling platforms
  • Use a hand truck to move bulky objects.
Hand truck
  • Use a shelf truck to move a variety of objects.
Shelf truck
Shelf truck
Shelf truck
  • Use a platform truck to move heavy, irregularly shaped objects.
Platform truck
  • Use a semi-live skid for temporary storage of work.
Semi-live skid
Semi-live skid
  • Select the rack or bin that suits the task and mount on semi-live skid or platform truck.
Select the rack or bin
Select the rack or bin
Select the rack or bin
Select the rack or bin

Document last updated on June 15, 2009
Document confirmed current on October 7, 2013

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