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."
05 August 2021
Most of our wear parts are made from recycled steel
Recycling is an inherent part of the Sustainability section in our Taking Care ideology.
15 July 2021
Häggblom buckets have a long service life
Our selection of buckets ranges from an extensive Wolverex collection designed for mid-size earthmoving machinery to large, custom-made mining buckets.
10 June 2021
We ensure only the best for our discerning customers
Since our buckets are used in almost all mining operations in Finland, we can rightly claim to know even the most demanding operating environments.
18 May 2021
In 2021, we will launch our new full collection of Wolverex buckets in Finland and Sweden.
06 May 2021
Near the customer
"Even though Häggblom’s main base is in Kokkola, we want to be near the customer – wherever they operate in Finland."
31 March 2021
Safe manual lifting.
We have initiated measures to improve our customers’ health and safety under our Taking Care concept.
19 March 2021
Highly-skilled employees are our most important asset.
We are developing a new “Taking Care” concept, which consists of three Ss: Safety, Service and Sustainability.
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!