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Manual handling solution for 4WD tyre changing

Maralyn Kastel - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Updated 18/04/2013
Manually lifting the tyre onto the tyre changing machine may involve high force to lift heavy wheels or tyres. It also involves bending, reaching and twisting. This in turn can cause musculoskeletal injuries to the shoulder, lower back, wrist and knees.  The larger the tyre the heavier the weight and the more the risk increases.

Safety tip reminder Have you conducted a manual handling risk assessment of this job task recently? Have you discussed hazards in the workplace with your workers in the last month?

Solution
Reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries by using an automated system with an integrated fitting device for tyre changing. If this is not practicable, use mechanical aids to handle tyres and wheels.

Safety tip Make sure you train your workers in the safe use of lifting equipment and do refresher training regularly. Use a work health & safety training calendar of activities to talk about manual handling and other hazards in the workplace regularly. Record the training in your  health & safety training register. Schedule regular maintenance and inspections.

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