Team Handling

Team handling is when more than one person is involved during the lift. The same principals apply to a two person lift as they do a single person lift.  

  • Use team lifting and carrying where other solutions are inappropriate.
  • Remember that the combined strength of the team is less than the sum of individual strength.
  • Select team members of similar height and strength.
  • Assign a leader to the team.
  • Determine a set of commands to be used such as “lift”, “walk”, “stop”, “down”. Make sure that everyone knows what to do when they hear the command.
  • Follow the commands given by the team leader.
  • Practice team lifting and carrying together before attempting the task

Even soldiers need to practice. Watch the US army training video below.

US army training video
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