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Sometimes there might be an item you need to lift, which is just too heavy or too bulky for you to do on your own. For example this box here. This is something that you could probably just about move on your own but it'll be very, very difficult to get your arms around in the right sizes, so it's always best when you're looking for something to move, to identify that you're going to need help, and get someone to help you move that load. So when you are working as a team, the first thing to do is to make sure that you're able to lift the item, so look at the weight. Often boxes for new products, for example, this one will actually have a label to show the full weight of it, but if you're not sure about it, find out what's in the box and then work out the weight to make sure that the pair of you can move it. With the little box as well, if it's a cardboard type box, make sure it's not wet or damaged, make sure it's sealed properly. You don't want to be picking the box up and suddenly as soon as you pick it up, all the contents fall out straight through the bottom, which could A, damage the product but also cause an accident or injury to yourselves.

So, you're doing the initial assessment round, finding out how to move it or the best way of it, and then decide who is actually gonna be in charge, so that you've got somebody who's actually giving the main instructions, so you can communicate with the person to talk about how you're going to be moving the item, what you're going to be saying, for example ready, steady, lift and then you will lift as the two of you are moving it, so you're not getting one person lifting up one side and the other one hasn't started. Discuss where you're gonna be taking it, so you need to be taking it across somewhere where you're gonna be placing it down. Is it going on the floor? Is it going onto a table or a shelf or a dispatch area? So once you've decided what's happening with the actual item, your route is clear and you've got there any relevant PP on if needed, you will then get down and get ready.

So, the person in charge, make sure you got a good grip, for example a box like this you may need to tilt it slightly to get your hands underneath it and once they are there, the person in charge, "Ready, steady, lift." And at that point we lift up correctly using correct manual handling techniques, so we are not bending over and pushing up from the knees and not causing any strain on our backs. Once you got it then just confirm with that person that they are happy, and then you can move and make sure you're moving in the direction of travel where you're heading, where you can both see what's going on. When you get to the other end, where it's being dropped down, again talk and then talk through and then lower it down carefully using good manual handling techniques. Once it's finally on the floor, just have a quick look around to make sure it's in the right place and there's no other dangers or anything around that you've caused.

And finally, this is a nice even box here, but it may be that the box is loaded with the weight more on one side than the other side, or it might be that it's more of an uneven shape, so when you're doing your assessments to start with, make sure you know the spread of weights, make sure you know who is going to be holding what, where, and when you do lift it up, then how is it going to react? Because if it is on one side, it might be one person has to work a lot harder, or if you're lifting it up, it may well be that the whole box starts to tip, so always know what's in the box, where the rough centre of gravity of the box is so that you know when you lift it up, you can work perfectly as a pair together.