Mechanical Aids

Permanent mechanical aids such as pneumatic lifts, conveyors, and automatic material handling equipment should be considered when designing a workspace to reduce the amount of manual material handling as much as possible.

Temporary mechanical aids such as hand trucks, carts, book trucks, and pallet jacks should be used whenever possible to reduce the amount of force required to move objects. Please note, electric pallet jacks are considered Industrial Lift Trucks (ILT) or forklifts and require training and certification to operate.