Loading your Van
Eleven tips from Direct Line on how to load bulky or heavy loads into your van
How to load your vehicle
11 tips for loading bulky or heavy loads
For most van drivers, loading and unloading bulky or heavy items is all part of the job. But if you’re not careful, you can easily injure yourself.
Back pain is a common result of lifting heavy objects, but shoulder, arm and leg muscles are also regularly injured by improperly lifting heavy loads. There is also a risk of injury from falling over when moving bulky packages or boxes. To avoid back pain and other injuries, follow these 11 useful loading tips.
- There is a difference between what you can lift and what you can safely lift. You shouldn’t be straining too much to lift items.
- Remove any obstructions from your path before you begin so you don’t trip over. Also, make sure all doors are opened in advance.
- If you need to carry something a long way, look for somewhere to rest it half way, such as on a table or a bench.
- Consider using lifting aids, such as a winch or a trolley.
- Park as near as you can to your destination. Many parking restrictions are exempted for loading and unloading, so check the signs.
- For heavy or awkwardly-shaped loads, consider whether it is possible to break it down into smaller parts. If the load is fragile, read how to transport fragile items.
- Test the weight of a large object by lifting a corner or edge first.
- If you think a load is too heavy, get someone else to help you move it. Before doing this, however, you might need to check that your insurance covers you in case of accident. If you have Direct Line Tradesman Insurance, up to 10 employees are covered.
- Make sure your shoes have a good grip and your laces are tied.
- Make sure you can see where you are walking.
- Don’t forget to take out adequate van insurance and business insurance in case anything happens to your or the items you’re lifting.
The information contained within this article is for general information purposes only, it does not constitute advice. Direct Line endeavours to keep the information up to date and correct but does not make any representation or warranties of any kind about its completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability. Any reliance you place on the information is strictly at your own risk. Direct Line will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of this information.