HandiWorld – Lifting and Handling Tips

Lifting and moving loads and objects is something we all do every day and frequently without thinking. Often, it’s not until something goes wrong and we suffer a pulled muscle or a strain that we’re reminded just how important it is to look after our backs. We’ve collected together our top tips on how to take extra care when moving heavy or awkward loads to try to make sure lifting can be as safe as possible.

We’ve seen some excellent advice on lifting and handling objects safely from the NHS which can be found here: NHS Lifting Tips and for guidance on lifting and handling at work, the Health and Safety Executive have these: Good Handling Techniques

If you know you have to move a large load, do be sure to check the weight of it first. Plan your route and ensure that any trip hazards or obstacles are cleared out of your path to avoid extra time managing the load you’re lifting. If the load is too heavy for one person, enlist the help of another person or consider using additional lifting aids to help. Our CAMBA Moova and HandiMoova 2in1 are designed to take some of the strain of lifting and moving, when objects are just too tricky, bulky or heavy to manoeuvre alone. Our innovative CAMBA technology, means the karts/trolleys we have will walk up and down stairs and across bumpy and uneven terrain. Sometimes it’s important to let something else do the bulk of the heavy lifting for you.

Once you’ve cleared your route, pick up the load smoothly, avoiding any jerky movements that can cause strain and pressure on sensitive areas of your back, shoulders and neck. Bending through your knees and keeping the back straight is important; let your legs take the weight as you get into position to protect your back. Keeping your back straight and taking small steps while you move can help to keep the weight evenly balanced and distribute the load pressure equally.

Where you can try to keep your load close to you, this keeps the centre of gravity as central as possible protecting you from over reaching and strain. Some loads can be bulky, misshapen and awkward to get a firm grip on, keeping control of your hold will help you move smoothly and serve to further protect your back.

If you twist while lifting you can cause injury to yourself, sometimes this can be quite severe. Anyone who has ever suffered with a back injury will tell you it’s best to avoid it and it can take a long time to repair. Keeping your back straight with good posture will help you to focus on not twisting. Put the object or load down in the same smooth manner as you lifted it, try to let your knees bend as you bend down.

These tips remain the same if you are using lifting or moving equipment such as our HandiMoova 2in1 to take the weight for the main part of the move. Lift your object into the trolley or kart you are using and once at your destination follow the same procedure to safely unload. Safer lifting really could help to protect and maintain the health of your back.

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The HandiWorld Guide to Father’s Day 2021


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After a year that none of us are likely to forget, lives are just beginning to return to a form of normality around the UK. With that in mind we see that Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s an ideal time to decide what to buy as a gift this year.

If you’re looking to move away from the usual gifts and give something different that makes an impact, we’ve got some HandiWorld suggestions for you. If you, like many others enlist your Father to help with lifting, carrying and moving loads, our first suggestion might help with the strain of that lifting and handling.

The HandiMoova 2in1 Load Carrier is adaptable, versatile and efficient. It transforms in seconds from a 2-wheel hand truck to a 4-wheel platform trolley. This means that not only can smaller loads be easily manoeuvred, but for those times where larger bulkier items need moving your Dad will easily be prepared for both.

Fully collapsible for flat and easy storage, the HandiMoova 2in1 will fit in most car boots for those times when you call home asking for Dad’s assistance.

Next up is our bestselling HandiRack.

Our HandiRack inflatable roof bars should be on every Dad’s wish list this year. Inflatable, easy to install and remove, they can be used for all of your travel and leisure needs. A strong, safe and innovative solution for a multitude of transportation and leisure problems.

No need to worry when there’s a change of car either, as they fit almost every make and model. You can find out more about exactly which cars the HandiRack fits here:

https://www.handiworld.com/handirack-car-guide-europe/

Another fantastic use for the HandiRack is if Dad likes water sports (or is ever enlisted to take you canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding). The HandiRack can be quickly inflated and essential sporting equipment securely transported to your destination. To round off the brilliance of this product as a gift, the box is a great shape for wrapping!

Our final suggestion for the Fathers who love their outdo

or sports, is our CAMBA Kart – All-terrain kayak, canoe and SUP trolley.

We know all too well how tricky that final bit of the journey can be once you arriv

e at your destination. Negotiating tricky terrain can often be the most difficult part of the trip, including heading back up to the car after a great day out. The CAMBA Kart is different to other kayak carts; it features clever CAMBA patented technology that keeps the Kart balanced at all times, and makes it much easier to negotiate obstacles and rough terrain. Suitable for use with canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, it is designed from the strongest materials to ensure the best performance. You can find out more about this incredible CAMBA technology here:

https://vimeo.com/397428275

Whatever you’re planning on doing to treat your loved ones this Father’s Day, we do hope it’s a very special day for you all, from the team here at HandiWorld.

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