Use carts and hand trucks safely.
The FACTS: What you need to KNOW
Tip: Sliding heavy items from a table to a cart is one way to practice safe lifting (Card #9).
The Actions: What you need to DO
Check the cart or hand truck before loading it. Make sure the frame and wheels are lubricated and in good condition. Notify your volunteer manager if you spot any issues.
Practice safe lifting (Card #9) as you load the cart. Place heavy items at the bottom. Center and balance the load over the axles. Make sure you can see over the load.
Check your route and remove any obstructions before moving. Grip the handles firmly and move slowly and deliberately. Don't use your foot to brake or stop the cart, and don't park it on a slope.
Communicate your intentions clearly to others around you. When you are done, store the cart so that it doesn't become a hazard for others. This is especially true of low, flat carts.