Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lifting the Load

Operator is lifting the load.
Figure 9. Operator is lifting the load.
Potential Hazards:

While lifting the load, be aware of the following:
  • Insufficient clearance

  • Falling loads

  • Stuck loads
Requirements and Recommended Practices:
  1. Check that there is adequate overhead clearance before raising the load. This is especially true when high tiering or in a confined space like a truck trailer. There must be sufficient headroom under overhead installations, lights, pipes, sprinkler systems, etc. [29 CFR 1910.178(m)(8)]
  2. Carefully lift the load up above the lower stack about 10 cm (4 inches). (Figure 9)
  3. Lift the load clear and then tilt the mast back slightly to rest the load against the load backrest extension.
  4. Ensure that the load does not catch on any obstructions.
  5. Slowly return the lift control lever to the neutral position.

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