Store That Canary Wharf- Top Tips on Manual Handling for Safe Self-Storage

When it comes to self-storage it is important that safety is taken into account. Many people can overlook the manual handling of their goods as they want to get the job of loading up their self-storage unit done quickly. With back pain leading to an estimated 10 million sick days a year; can you really afford not to take the way you load and unload your self-storage unit in East London seriously?

Here at Store That, a self-storage facility in East London, our team have put together some tips to ensure that you are lifting and carrying your goods safely and not damaging your back in the process.

Risk assessment.

Before you even start to think about moving something, you should take the time to do an internal risk assessment. A risk is a situation that involves or could expose you to danger. Just take a quick look around to make sure that your path is clear and that your vision won’t be obstructed while moving your goods.

Does it need to be moved?

You should only ever attempt to move something if it is completely necessary to do so. If an item is fine where it is, then let it be.

Use the right mechanical aids.

Where possible you should always look at using mechanical handling tools such as pallet trucks; trolleys and sack barrows, to take the strain off of your body.

Plan your route.

If travelling with your items is unavoidable, it is important that you know where you are going before you start unloading and carrying them. Take the time to check your route for any trip hazards and ensure that your route is clear of any traffic.


If you have to lift the load at any point; be sure to check the weight of it by giving it a gentle nudge with your foot. It is too heavy? Don’t attempt to lift it then. When it comes to lifting the load by hand, always bend your knees; hug the load; keep your back straight and lift with your legs. You should always avoid twisting or leaning while carrying the load no matter how light you may think it is.

Here at Store That, we can offer the use of forklifts and fully trained handling staff to make the process of loading and unloading as safe as possible. If you have any questions regarding self-storage in East London, then contact us today on 020 7515 1300.