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What is team handling?
"Team handling" occurs when more than one person is involved during the lift.
- Use team lifting and carrying where other solutions are inappropriate.
- Remember that the combined strength of the team is less than the sum of individual strength.
- Select team members of similar height and strength.
- Assign a leader to the team.
- Determine a set of commands to be used such as "lift", "walk", "stop", "down". Make sure that everyone knows what to do when they hear the command.
- Follow the commands given by the team leader.
- Practice team lifting and carrying together before attempting the task.
What should be done when lifting and carrying long objects as team?
- Use a shoulder pad to reduce compression.
- Carry load on the same shoulder.
- Walk in step.
What should be done when lifting and moving furniture as a team?
- Use straps.
- Adjust the length of the straps according to your height.
- Use webbing around straps to secure them from slipping off.
- Obtain assistance while loading a heavy object on the truck.
- Use your body weight to tilt the object.
- Place the lip of the truck under the object.
- Tip the truck back with assistance.
- Move off. The assisting person directs the movement.
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