Material Manual Handling and Loading Dock Safety

Material handling involves the use of motorized or non-motorized equipment to handle heavy and awkward loads and frequently involves the use of equipment or manual material handling around loading docks.

Workers who in the course of their duties lift, carry or move materials, articles or things using material handling equipment and/or work around loading docks are presented with unique hazards that could result in injury if not controlled. These hazards can include ergonomic hazards such as muscle strains from improper lifting and awkward postures to safety hazards such as falls from docks or lift gates; being struck, pinched or run over by moving equipment or parts, such as from for example forklifts, dock plates or unsecured loads.

This webpage assembles U of G tools and guidance on the safe use of material handling equipment and safe work around loading docks. It is intended to provide University departments with such operations, general guidance on developing or improving their own safe work practices and procedures based on the types of hazards, activities, equipment, and vehicles involved.

Transporting Loads Using a Push Cart or Dolly

Transporting Loads Using a Hand Truck (e.g, Fridge Cart)

Loading Docks

Moving Vans

Pallet Jacks

U of G Lift Truck Program

Manual Material Handling – Tips to Prevent a Lift Injury