Electrical work involves moving materials around the worksite. Commonly, there is a central staging area from where supplies are distributed to separate work areas. This can involve pushing, pulling, and lifting materials, sometimes with the help of a hand truck or utility cart.
The following hazards may exist when
employees transport materials around the worksite:
Provide transport devices with
appropriate handles. These handles should be in the power zone (Figure 2) when pushing and large enough to accommodate the entire hand. There should be no sharp edges or rough spots that could cut or pinch the
Avoid pulling when possible. Pushing generally takes less effort than
pulling because your body weight is used to assist the exertion.
Also, pulling a load often causes carts to run into the shins or ankles.
Figure 2. Pushing in the power zone.
Use vertical handles instead of horizontal handles to allow employees of different heights to maintain neutral postures.
Do not stack materials on a cart higher than eye level so that you do not have to bend to
the side to see around the load. Employees should be able to easily see over the top
of the load.