Nonpowered Hand Trucks and Carts
- Get help as needed, especially when tilting and untilting dollies.
- Place heavy objects on bottom of load.
- Position load forward if necessary for it to rest over the truck's axles.
- Don't pile items above eye level.
- Secure bulky, awkward, or delicate objects to the truck.
- Get a firm grip.
- Keep your back straight with knees bent, and lean in the direction you're going.
- Push, don't pull, a four-wheeled truck.
- Don't walk backward unless necessary to maneuver in a tight space.
Powered Hand Trucks and Carts
- Only operate powered equipment if you've been trained and assigned.
- Follow instructions in manufacturer's manual.
- Be sure loads are balanced, with heavier items on the bottom.
- Face direction of travel.
- Keep one hand on the handle, and don't walk in front of the handle.
- Never tamper with the mechanism that shuts off power when the handle is released.
- Follow sensible traffic rules.
- Stop at corners, doorways, etc., to be sure it's clear before proceeding. Give pedestrians the right of way.
- Watch for obstructions; other vehicles; people; and ground/floor surface for unevenness, soft spots, and drop-offs.
- Move the truck into tight spaces before your body.
- Keep arms, legs, and clothes away from moving parts.
- Don't ride the truck unless it's designed for that purpose, and don't take on riders.
- Turn off power and set the brake when truck is not in use.