B.C. Matthews Hall
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
519-888-4567, ext. 45513
- Use lighter and smaller tarps when possible.
- Ask for help for the tarping and untarping.
- Use a forklift to get the tarp on top of the load.
- If a forklift is not available, get help from other workers and plan the lift. Keep the load close to the body, avoid twisting, and lift together.
- Get a firm grip on the tarp. Do not just hold the ropes as they can slip or break.
- Spread legs for balance before pulling tarp.
- When conditions are windy, park close to buildings if possible so they provide some shelter to reduce the tarps from blowing.
- Use three-point contact when getting on and off trailers. Climb on/off the flat bed via from the rear of the trailer or the catwalk. Don’t jump.
- Wear proper shoes that are appropriate for the weather conditions.
- Before pulling the tarp, move air under the tarp by lifting and lowering it to move air underneath.
- Pull tarp with two hands. Keep hands close torso and about waist height. Pull towards the body.
- Use arms, legs, and body weight to pull the tarp.
- Wear gloves to prevent loss of grip.
Ergonomic task analysis
- Provide training on standardized techniques.
- Consider automation equipment for manual tarps.
- Consider alternate tarping methods, such as sliders, rack and tarp kits, curtain side systems, and roll-ups, or automation for manual tarps.
- Provide sufficient space to roll up tarps.
- Provide fall arrest systems in a dedicated tarping area.
- Provide restrictions to load sizes to increase ability to use alternative tarping systems.