Safety App Of The Week

April 8, 2013 No Comments

Below is our “Safety App of the Week”.  These weekly features are published every Monday.  New apps are tested on our Apple iPads and rated fromto ♥♥♥♥♥, with ♥♥♥♥♥ being the best.  Old app of the week articles are archived here.

Manual Handling


“Safer manual handling is in your hands! This 15 minute training video offers a best practice approach to safer manual handling. It demonstrates effective manual handling techniques for lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling most loads safely and easily.  It covers:

  • A background to manual handling
  • The body & manual handling
  • The TILE approach for assessing manual handling tasks
  • The principles of manual handling
  • Techniques for safer manual handling
  • The role staff play in safer manual handling.”1

Thumbs Up

  • Cost is only $2.00
  • No registration or sign in required.
  • Well organized – easy and logical to use without any instruction.
  • Six short videos on material handling,  the length of videos are just short enough so you can use them on the work-floor or job-site.
  • Good audio & excellent high definition picture.
  • The 8 principles of material handling were well done.
  • Can be used off-line.

Thumbs Down

  • Videos focus primarily on the simplistic task of lifting a box.  Would have liked to see other lifting scenarios.
  • Produced and made in Ireland.  The narrator’s accent and some of the terms may be distracting to USA or Canadian viewers.
  • Mostly filmed in retail and office settings.  This would likely be a turn off to manufacturing and construction viewers.
  • Most of the material presented was just common sense – we didn’t learn much new information by viewing these videos.  But there is some value in reminding employees of important lifting principles that they likely already know.

Overall Rating

  • iPad – ♥♥♥

¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.

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