28 March 2022
Heading towards an increasingly safer future
Going forward in alignment with our strategy, our focus will be on product lines and services, which means buckets of all sizes, mining truck bodies for demanding use and associated life cycle services.
15 February 2022
Häggblom Group, a leading Finnish and Swedish mining earthmoving machine components Group, has announced the disposal of its “Track Systems” and “Spare Parts and Wear Parts” for construction size machines business units to the USCO Group.
04 January 2022
Working for occupational health and safety
Marke Paavola, our OHS Manager, heads work to ensure improved occupational health and safety.
21 December 2021
Two years of change
It will soon be two years since we first heard the worrying news about a strange new virus in Asia. And within a few months, Europe was already in lockdown.
13 December 2021
Customers are happy when price, quality and good service meet
Customer satisfaction indicators show that Häggblom’s strengths include bilingual service, extensive stock, product quality and aftersales marketing.
29 November 2021
Quality comes as standard
At Häggblom, certification also implements one of the company’s leading ideas: to cascade the strategy down to everyday activities.
21 October 2021
Our lifecycle services mean reliability and cost savings for mining operations
We have developed, among other things, field maintenance in the mine at the customer’s site, where the main focus is on minor or unexpected maintenance and repair work.
22 September 2021
Cooperation with educational institutions is of key importance
Our industry is suffering a chronic shortage of experts and companies are competing fiercely for employees. This is why Häggblom needs to stand out from the crowd and at the same time create a positive employer image.
08 September 2021
New era in logistics
Logistics at Häggblom is no longer just the processing of components related to spare parts sales but also embraces a clear support function for production and maintenance.
31 August 2021
Faster, better quality and more cost effective than earlier Mining Service
"We want to look after our customers also by having a stronger presence in their everyday life by providing control and maintenance services."
Safe manual lifting.
31 March 2021
We have initiated measures to improve our customers’ health and safety under our Taking Care concept. The measures will include developing our products so that they are even safer to use, and we will regularly remind our customers of health and safety issues. This article discusses correct and safe manual lifting techniques, aids, risks, and the importance of planning.
Employees must be provided with appropriate lifting and handling equipment to make lifting easier and to reduce risks, and they need to be trained on how to use the equipment and also its usefulness so that they can get the most out of it. Lifting equipment and aids must be suitable for the job and load in question. The right aids speed up the job. New equipment is constantly being developed, and it is always worthwhile ensuring that employees have access to the latest aids.
Manual handling of loads
If it’s not possible to use aids in all situations, employees must be shown the correct and safe lifting techniques. Lifting must be carried out in pairs or by several employees. Heavy physical efforts increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and can also impose a strain on the respiratory and circulatory systems as well as cause various accidents.
The handling of a load is affected by:
- the weight and shape of the load
- the grip
- the position of the load relative to the body
- the position of the body during the lifting
- the duration and number of lifts and repetitions
- the distance carried
- the working environment: width of passageways, evenness, slipperiness, lighting, temperature, humidity, etc.
- the individual characteristics of the employee: age, health, fitness, work experience, etc.
Lifting operations must be carefully planned
Harmful strain caused by lifting operations can be reduced by investing in the design of work spaces, equipment and techniques. Since it’s not always possible to avoid manual lifting and moving or to use aids, the employer must ensure that employees are offered sufficient training and guidance on the safe handling of loads.
- Plan the process and work phases so that there is as little lifting or moving as possible and that the loads need to be moved for as short distances as possible – preferably avoiding stairs and ramps.
- Design and dimension workstations so that lifting operations involve as little bending, over-reaching and twisting of the body as possible.
- Be especially careful to avoid lifting above shoulder height and starting or ending at floor level.
- Improve awkward working positions with aids such as adjustable workstations, lifting tables or stacking trolleys.
- Ensure that all handles are properly designed and positioned, have a good grip and are the appropriate size.
- Make sure that there is enough space at workstations and in corridors for both working and using aids. Also consider a storage space for the aids if necessary.
- Keep the floor surfaces tidy and clean and non-slip. Wear appropriate footwear.
- Lift several small loads rather than one large and heavy one.
- Use your leg muscles and keep your back straight: stooping strains your back.
- Do not grab, but lift with even force with the load close to your body.
Keep safe at work!