Self storage - a guide to lifting and loading

Here’s a few tips about lifting and loading a self storage unit for first time movers.

The best way to avoid injuring yourself carrying a heavy box is to avoid lifting in the first place.

If a trolley or lift is available to take the strain, then use it.

All good self storage facilities have free  trolleys,  and some even have fork lifts for the really heavy duty stuff – take advantage of them.

Size shouldn’t matter with heavy boxes. The best way to pack a self storage unit is with the heaviest stuff in the smallest boxes. Never take a load for granted and test the weight before going all out for the lift.

Timing is important though. Rushing a load in or out is a sure way to the back clinic. It’s best to carry boxes singly. The Health and Safety Executive’s first tip for lifting is ‘think first’. Check the route is clear and there’s nothing to trip over.

There is a good way to lift a box too.

  • Try and give yourself a good stable base with your feet slightly apart.
  • Bend from the knees rather than the waist, both on the way down and coming back up again.
  • Keep the box as near to your waist as you can manage and if the load’s uneven get the heavier side close to your body.
  • Make sure you’ve got a good secure hold and once the box is safely in place don’t twist at all or straighten or bend your back further.
  • Keep a good stance while walking – slowly – with your load; shoulders facing forward and level. Keep looking ahead too, tripping is as much fun as a bad back.
  • When you come to unload, don’t worry too much about the final slot. Get the box down safely first then slide it into place.
  • If you can’t manage a load safely then don’t take it on, ask for help.

Keep these tips in mind and your trip to self storage should be as safe as your belongings.

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