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MMH - Hoisting and Moving Heavy Objects

What equipment can be used to help with heavy objects?

Selecting the right equipment for the task minimizes handling.

  • Use a cart, trolley or platform.
  • Consider carts with hand brakes for more control on inclines, or powered hand carts for stairs.
  • Use carts designed for specific purposes (e.g. holding cylinders) as needed.

Use a pulley

  • Use a pulley to eliminate manual lifting.
  • Select multiple pulleys according to the weight of the object to be hoisted.
  • Mount pulley on movable frame to lift and move heavy objects.

Multiple pulleys
Mount pulley on movable frame

  • Use a portable hoist or floor crane to lift and move heavy objects.
  • Use lifting magnets in combination with hoists where appropriate.

Portable floor crane

  • Use lift tables to lift objects or to level work.
  • Select the lift table according to the weight of the anticipated load.

Lift tables - light or heavy

  • Use a portable conveyor to move materials.
Portable conveyor

  • Use a combination of lift tables and rollers to move materials horizontally and vertically.

Combination of lift tables and rollers

Document last updated on June 4, 2019

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