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How to safely use an industrial trolley

How to safely use an industrial trolley

Posted in Website by BlueTrolley on June 17th 2019
It’s a worrying fact that over 550,000 workers sustained injuries in the workplace in 2017/18. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that over a third of those injuries happened because of accidents involving handling, lifting or carrying.

Whether you'e pushing and pulling, or lifting and loading, correct manual handling is so important when it comes to avoiding injury.  

While industrial trolleys have been designed to reduce some of the physical strain, they still need to be used correctly to prevent injury and ensure heavy items are moved safely.

Here’s our top five tips for using your industrial trolleys safely:

Choose the right industrial trolley for the job

Like everything in life, you need to choose the right tool for the right job, and industrial trolleys are no different. There are trolleys for glass, trolleys for cylinders and trolleys for sheet materials of all shapes, weights and sizes. And these are just to name a few!

When it comes to lifting and moving equipment - whether it’s small items or large heavy loads – safety starts when you choose the right industrial trolley for the task in hand. If you’re not sure what trolley to use, you can always contact us - we’d be happy to give you advice and provide you with the right trolley. And we can even create a bespoke product if you can’t find what you’re looking for, so get in touch today.

Know how your industrial trolley works

Industrial trolleys come in all shapes and sizes, which means they will also come with some pretty specific instructions on how to use them. An industrial trolley should only ever be used by someone who has been fully trained and has a thorough understanding of the instructions for the specific trolley.

Designed to help with a wide range of lifting and manual handling tasks, industrial trolleys come with an endless array of straps, brakes, levers and safe working tolerances, so it’s vital that you need to get to know exactly how your trolley works before you to take it for a spin. This will help make sure you know the best ways of loading and unloading, that you don’t exceed any working load limits and that you use your trolley in the most efficient way.

Understanding your equipment will help keep you, the people around you, and your products and premises safe.

Keep your industrial trolley in good shape

All industrial trolleys need to be serviced and regularly maintained.

Industrial trolleys have been designed with one purpose in mind - to reduce the physical strain needed to move heavy objects. Over time, if your industrial trolley is not well maintained it will stop functioning properly.  When that happens, it places that additional physical strain back on the people using them.

For industrial trolleys to work safely, and perform to their maximum, wheels should run smoothly, brakes should work, tyre pressures should be set and surfaces and moving part should be kept clean. Staff have a responsibility to check their equipment, while manual handling regulations - such as the LOLER certification - put a duty on all employers to make sure their manual handling equipment is safe and regularly maintained.

Be aware of health conditions or impairments

Anyone with a temporary or permanent disability or injury should really seek expert advice before using industrial trolleys – specialist bespoke adjustments and designs can be made where needed.

It’s also vitally important to never use an industrial trolley if you are ill or physically fatigued, as both could leave you unable to steer or control the equipment safely. You also need to make sure you wear suitable clothing, gloves and footwear, while also taking a common-sense approach to keeping clothing, hair or jewellery away from moving parts.

Safety starts by remembering that industrial trolleys are only one part of the safe lifting and handling equation. You still need to make sure you take sensible physical precautions when using them.

Notice your wider environment

Having to navigate around slopes, uneven or soft ground, spillages, steps or platforms will all affect how well an industrial trolley works and can even stop it working in the way it was intended.

The minute that happens, an increasing amount of the physical strain that the trolley was designed to take away is placed back on the person operating it.

Being aware and pre-planning for how you will navigate heavy loads around your workplace is a vital part of using industrial trolleys safely.

A purpose built and well-maintained industrial trolley can help take the load off, but ultimately it is the operator who must ensure the safety of both themselves and those around them.  

Still worried about workplace safety and choosing the right trolley?

If you're worried about workplace safety, BlueTrolley can lend a hand.  We’ve got years of experience in providing high-quality equipment and can build trolleys to meet your specific needs.

We’ll help you choose the right trolley for the job, and make sure you know how to use it safely. Just get in touch and we can have a chat about what you need.
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