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MMH - Handholds on Load and Gripping Aids - I

Does a good grip matter?

Yes. Good handholds make lifting and carrying easier and safer.

  • Use the "power grip" on loads with handles.
Power grip
  • Use the "hook grip" on loads with cut-out handholds.
Hook grip
  • Curl your fingers around the edge.
  • Do not hold the load with finger tips.
Curl fingers around edge

Do not hold load with finger tips
  • Use containers with handles located more than halfway up the side of the container.
Use containers with handles located more than halfway up the side
  • Use the "ledge grip" to handle regularly shaped objects without handles.
Ledge grip
  • Hold the object with hands placed diagonally.
Hands positioned diagonally
  • Wear gloves where practical.

Document last updated on October 22, 2002
Document confirmed current on December 20, 2018

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