How should sheet materials be lifted?
Handling sheet material single-handed is always difficult and hazardous.
- Store the sheet materials at a convenient height above ground.
- Do not lift and carry sheets without training.
- Always wear appropriate safety shoes or boots to prevent materials falling on your feet.
What should be done when lifting sheet material?
- Stand close to the pile of sheets in a walking stance.
- Grasp sheet firmly at the mid-point of its long side with the closer hand.
- Pull sheet up and toward the body.
- Change grip using your other hand and put your fingers on top of the sheet.
- Pull sheet up to the vertical position and to the side until one half is off the pile.
- Grasp the lower edge of the sheet with the free hand and support the hand by placing it on your knee.
- Stand up without bending and twisting body.
What should be done when carrying the load?
- Use drywall carts to carry sheet materials.
- Get help from another person where carts are not available.
- Apply carrying handles for manual carrying.
- Grasp the carrying handles firmly when carrying the load.
- Always use gloves and carrying handle for glass and other materials with sharp edges.
- Make sure the pathway is clear and has no obstructions.
Document confirmed current on October 7, 2013
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