How To Use The Shoulder Dolly
STEPS TO ENSURE A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL LIFT:
- Have both lifters put the harness on like a shirt — make sure the buckle is in front of you and the word “FRONT” is facing up (not towards your body). The “X” should be in the middle of your back.
- Place the 12’ long lifting strap under the bulk of the weight of the object you wish to move. You can either tip the object and slide the strap under, or if the object has legs, you can slide it under from one side. The strap should be under the majority of the weight – Eg: place towards the back of a couch.
- Position your body into a semi-squat by bending your knees — the deeper you squat, the higher the item will be lifted. Keep your back in an upright straight position, don’t lean toward the object.
- Weave the lifting strap through the buckle – Start with webbing going under the buckle, then weave behind the larger metal rod, then over the top and thread between the two rods. Pull the webbing through the buckle until tight.
- To adjust the length of strap – turn the buckle horizontal to the ground, then pull the short end of the strap to make it tighter or the long end to make it shorter. When the buckle is vertical, the buckle will lock and allow you to stand up.
- Adjust the length of the strap so that when you stand up, there is some tension on your shoulders. If one person is taller, then they’ll have more webbing from the floor to the buckle than the shorter person.
- There may be excess webbing after you lift the object. To ensure that you don’t trip over the excess webbing, tie it around your body, or tuck it into your pants.
- With straight arms, push against the object you are moving (VERY IMPORTANT!) this will keep your back in proper ergonomic alignment and put the weight of the object on your legs and shoulders.
- Simultaneously push against the object with your arms until they are straight, and slowly straighten your legs — balancing the object with your arms.
- Communicate at all times with your lifting partner.