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Hand Trolley Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for using a hand trolley! This pre-filled and comprehensive document is designed to assist your team in carrying out their work safely and efficiently, while also meeting all the necessary legal requirements.

Here are the key features of our SWMS:

  • Fully editable and customisable: Our SWMS comes in Microsoft Word format, making it easy for you to edit and customise to suit the specific needs of your project.
  • Includes scope of the project and project details: Our SWMS covers all the necessary details of your project, including its scope, objectives, and timelines.
  • Includes checklist of any high-risk machinery on site: To ensure the safety of your team, our SWMS includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery that may be present on site.
  • Includes space for recording any staff training: Our SWMS also includes space for recording any staff training that may be required to safely operate the hand trolley.
  • Includes before and after risk ratings: Our SWMS includes a section for recording the before and after risk ratings of the project, allowing you to assess the effectiveness of the safety measures in place.
  • Includes resources for use of legislative references: Our SWMS includes resources for the use of legislative references, ensuring that your team is up to date with the latest regulations and requirements.
  • Includes all PPE required: Our SWMS includes a list of all personal protective equipment (PPE) required for the safe use of the hand trolley.
  • Includes risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: Our SWMS includes a comprehensive risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, helping you to identify and manage any potential hazards.
  • Includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all necessary requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS.
  • Includes sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons: To ensure accountability and compliance, our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: Our SWMS is designed to be user-friendly, easy to navigate and customize to fit the unique needs of your project.
  • Suitable for large contracts and tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.
  • Instantly delivered download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, giving you immediate access to this essential safety document.

Our SWMS for using a hand trolley is your ultimate tool for ensuring the safety of your team and the success of your project. Download it today and start working safely and efficiently!

Here is some safety information related to using a hand trolley.

Hazards and Risks: The use of hand trolleys can present a range of hazards, including:

  • Back injuries from incorrect lifting techniques
  • Trips and falls from uneven surfaces or obstructions
  • Struck-by hazards from collisions with other objects or people
  • Damage to property from dropping or mishandling materials

Control Measures:

  1. Training and Competency: All workers must be trained and competent in the safe use of hand trolleys. This includes understanding the correct lifting techniques and how to assess the load capacity of the trolley.
  2. Pre-Use Inspection: Before using a hand trolley, workers must conduct a pre-use inspection to ensure it is in good working order. This includes checking the wheels, handles, and load platform for any damage or defects. Any issues must be reported to the supervisor and the trolley must not be used until it is repaired or replaced.
  3. Load Capacity: Workers must ensure that the load being transported does not exceed the load capacity of the hand trolley. This information can usually be found on the trolley itself or in the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Correct Lifting Techniques: Workers must use correct lifting techniques to avoid back injuries. This includes:
  • Bending the knees and keeping the back straight when lifting the load onto the trolley
  • Pushing the trolley rather than pulling it, where possible
  • Avoiding twisting the back when moving the trolley
  1. Safe Work Area: Workers must ensure the work area is clear of any obstructions or hazards that could cause trips or falls.
  2. Communication: Workers must communicate with others in the work area to ensure there is no risk of collision or striking hazards.
  3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Workers must wear appropriate PPE, such as gloves and safety boots, when using a hand trolley.

Emergency Procedures: In the event of an emergency, workers must follow the site’s emergency procedures and evacuate the area immediately. If a worker is injured while using a hand trolley, first aid must be provided immediately and the incident must be reported to the supervisor.

Documentation and Record Keeping:

  • Pre-use inspection checklists must be completed and retained for future reference.
  • Any incidents or near-misses involving the use of hand trolleys must be reported and recorded in the site’s incident register.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey, everyone! Today I want to talk to you about something that’s really important if you work in industries such as logistics, warehousing or delivery services, and that is working with a hand trolley.

Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty of things, I want to stress just how crucial it is to prioritise your safety at all times, especially when you’re handling heavy equipment like a hand trolley.

First things first, let’s talk about some of the dangers associated with working with a hand trolley. One of the most common risks is back injuries. You see, when you’re pushing or pulling a loaded hand trolley, you’re putting a lot of pressure on your back, which can lead to strains, sprains, or even more severe injuries like herniated discs.

Another danger that comes with using a hand trolley is the risk of tipping. If you’re not careful when loading the trolley or if you’re navigating uneven surfaces, there’s a chance that the trolley could tip over, which could cause serious harm to both you and any nearby individuals.

Now, I don’t want to scare you with these risks, but it’s important to understand that they do exist, and you need to take precautions to minimize them.

So, what can you do to stay safe while using a hand trolley? Well, for starters, it’s important to choose the right type of trolley for the job. There are many different types of trolleys available, each designed for specific tasks. Make sure you choose one that’s appropriate for the task at hand.

Another important safety consideration is proper lifting technique. When loading the trolley, it’s important to lift with your legs and not your back. Bend at the knees, keep your back straight, and use the strength of your legs to lift the load onto the trolley. This will help to reduce the strain on your back and minimize the risk of injury.

Once the load is on the trolley, make sure it’s secure before moving it. Use straps or bungee cords to keep the load in place and prevent it from shifting during transport. This will help to minimize the risk of tipping and prevent the load from falling off the trolley.

When moving the trolley, make sure you’re in control at all times. Avoid sudden movements or jerks, as this can destabilize the trolley and cause it to tip. Instead, move the trolley in a smooth and steady motion, taking care to avoid any obstacles or uneven surfaces.

Finally, always be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for any potential hazards or obstacles that could pose a risk to your safety. Make sure you have enough space to manoeuvre the trolley safely, and be mindful of any nearby individuals who could be put in harm’s way.

Remember, safety should always be your top priority when working with a hand trolley. By following these simple safety guidelines, you can minimize the risks and ensure that you and those around you stay safe and healthy.

In conclusion, working with a hand trolley can be a very useful tool, but it can also be dangerous if not used properly. By following the safety recommendations I’ve outlined here, you can minimize the risks and ensure that you stay safe while using a hand trolley. Always prioritise your safety, and don’t take unnecessary risks that could lead to injury or harm. Stay safe out there, and until next time, take care!


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