Four Essentials That Can Help You Avoid Injuries During Removals

Posted on: 13 April 2017

Removals can be hard and stressful work, and, unfortunately, people get hurt sometimes whilst moving their belongings. If you are planning a move and you want to ensure that you minimise your risk of injury, there are several tools that can help. Consider having these essentials on hand.

1. Lifting Belt

A lifting belt is for people who are into weight lifting, but these belts are also often used by people who do a lot of lifting for work. They slip around your waist, and they have a wide band along your back. That shape can take a little getting used to. As a result, you shouldn't wait until moving day to try your belt. Instead, wear it as you pack so you get accustomed to it.

Lifting belts don't necessarily prevent injuries, but they remind you to stay in the proper alignment. As a result, you're less likely to wrench your back whilst picking up a heavy box.

2. Dolly

So you don't have to carry the boxes yourself, you should also arrange to have a dolly or sack barrow during the move. Thanks to a simple physics trick, a dolly uses leverage to let you move a pile of heavy boxes with a minimum of effort.

You can buy dollies from hardware stores, but many removals companies also hire out dollies. And keep in mind that they aren't just for boxes; you can also use them for small cabinets, appliances and other items.

3. Shoulder Dolly

A shoulder dolly is another innovative tool that can help you move heavy items with a minimum risk of injury. There are a few different models on the market, and you will have to decide which option is right for you.

Basically, a shoulder dolly consists of a set of straps that go over your shoulders as well as a set of straps that go over another person's shoulders. Straps also extend to the area between the two of you, and, then, you can rest heavy appliances or other items on the straps.

4. Ramp

Ideally, you should also have a ramp leading up to the truck you are using. Most moving trucks have ramps built into them, making them safer than utes. A ramp lets you keep your body in alignment as you carry boxes. In contrast, having to step into a high truck while holding a heavy load can be hard of your body.