Lifting operations are a common thing amongst many occupations in the construction industry. They can be performed manually or using lifting equipment. Both manual lifting and mechanical lifting operations can put construction workers at great risk of injury or health symptoms. According to the European Working Conditions Survey 36.5% of the construction workers reported work related back aches. In addition, other musculoskeletal disorders, as well as cuts or fractures due to accidents may occur from manual lifting task. (Source: EU-OSHA - European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, OSH in figures, work related musculoskeletal disorders in the EU, Facts and figures)
Factors that increase the risk of injury include the load being too heavy, large, difficult to grasp or unstable, the task being too strenuous or involving awkward postures or movements, having slippery, uneven or unstable floors, having extreme temperatures or poor lighting. Individual factors also make some workers especially vulnerable.
We cannot control everything, however we can try reduce the risks and prevent incidents and/or accidents. This is why our lime based binders come in smaller packaging, of 25 kg.
- Less strain on your back when performing multiple lifting/carrying operations, for longer periods of time
- Easier to handle
- Enhanced mobility -> time efficient
With a specially created formula you can now carry less, but also achieve more volume in mortars.
Your work is important! So make smart choices and always remember to put yourself first. We also recommend you some best practices to help you in lifting operations:
- Plan and prepare for the task. Know where you are going, that the area is clear of obstacles and have a good grip on the load. The load should be as close as possible to your body.
- Do not try to lift loads beyond your capacity. Ask for assistance or use a material handling equipment if the weight of the load is too much for you to handle.
- Put one foot forward and bend your knees perpendicular to the floor. When lifting, maintain your back’s normal arch and put the weight on your legs, not on your foot or heels.
- Twisting, turning and bending of the back should be avoided. If needed, pivot one foot and turn your whole body.
- Put the material down slowly while maintaining your back’s normal arch.
Build smart & be safe!