Safely Loading a Hand Truck – Part 1

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the machine – hand trucks, when improperly loaded, can cause significant injury. Before using a hand truck, inspect it first for damage and defects, rust and loose bolts. Be sure that the wheels and the shelf are solidly attached.

Next, check the weight of your load and compare it to the carrying capacity of the hand truck. There should be a load rated capacity plate on the hand truck itself. Exceeding the recommended load may cause the hand truck to break down at an inopportune moment.

Once you are done checking the hand truck and minding the carrying capacity, it is time to place the load. Secure the load so that it is stable and it will not shift or fall over. If it wobbles in a stationary position, it is not a safe load to begin carting around. Some hand trucks come with straps, so make use of them if the load seems to be shifting. Bulky items and cylinders with pressurized gas should be strapped or chained to the hand truck because they are more likely to shift in transport.

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