Moving Loads Using Two or More People
To work as a team, for success you must think as at team. When you plan to move a load it is important that everyone knows in advance what is to happen, otherwise two people moving in different directions or with different timings can risk injuring themselves or each other. Sticking to a few rules can avoid many problems:
- Follow rules for good lifting of light loads.
- Actually tell each other what the task is.
- Decide how you plan to do it.
- Break it into short stages and agree which order you will do them in.
- Appoint a “leader”. For safety and clarity only one person should give commands. This should be the person with the most vulnerable part of the task.
- Make sure everyone is certain about their part in the manoeuvre.
- Ensure that you all move at the same time, and at the same speed, for each part of the task.
- The commands must be:
READY,STEADY – PUSH
READY,STEADY – PULL
READY,STEADY – SIT
READY,STEADY – LOWER
READY,STEADY – ROLL
READY,STEADY – LIFT
- Start only when everyone says they are ready.
- Respect each other’s abilities and limitations.