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Section 9 - Hand Truck Safety
9.11    Hand Truck Safety

Two-wheeled trucks require that the load be carried by a single axle, so proper balance is very important. Apply the following:

·       Keep the load's center of gravity as low as possible.
·       Never walk backward with this type of hand truck.
·       When going down an incline, keep the truck in front of you.
·       When going up, keep the truck behind you.

Four-wheeled hand trucks require similar safety rules to those used for two-wheeled hand trucks.  Emphasis should be placed on:

·       Keeping the load even and not so high as to cause spillage and/or obstruction of view.

·       Pushing rather than pulling four-wheeled trucks. (If a truck has a third or fifth wheel with a handle, it can be pulled.)

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