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Safety Guidelines - Zero Hand Truck
Industry Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 5XB UK
+44 191 296 6939

Safety Guidelines

  1. Make sure there is no damage to the frame or toe plate before each use. Bends, fractures and cracks could cause a fault in the truck.
  2. Check the wheels for damage and make sure they both spin freely on the axle.
  3. Check all bolts and nuts to make sure they are in tact and tightly secure. Do not use if a bolt or nut has come loose or is missing.
  4. Make sure the pivot springs are in tact and in the correct position. Any bends or deformities could cause the truck to fail.
  5. Check the caps on the end of the wheels are still flush with the large washer. Do not use if the cap is loose or missing. Some trucks have the facility to insert a split pin in the case of a missing cap. Insert your own split pin into the two holes at the end of the axle before use.
  6. Make sure the springs and roller bearings are always lubricated. Any unusual noises from the wheels or springs can be solved by adding grease to the components.
  7. Check the hand screws are of equal depth into the pivot springs. If one is further than the other, it could cause the truck to be lop-sided when lifting.
  8. Check that both spring slots make contact with the axle when lifting. If you can see the spring from the rear when lifting, the tension is too high.
  1. Be sensible about the load you place on the truck. Never exceed the recommended load capacity.
  2. Make sure you can always see over the load on the truck. Do not place a load higher than the frame of the hand truck.
  3. When stacking a load onto the truck make sure larger and heavier items are placed at the bottom of the truck and smaller and lighter items are placed at the top.
  4. For loads that are much larger than the toe plate and frame of the hand truck (i.e. white goods) use restraints such as cam buckle or ratchet strap and wrap around the load and the upright of the truck.
  5. When transporting over uneven surfaces, make sure you use restraints to secure the load to the truck.
  6. When lifting the loads make sure you have both feet on the ground and stand slightly back from the truck, Zero Hand Trucks do not require you to place a foot on the axle.
  7. Keep your back straight or with a slight bend when lifting and manoeuvring the hand truck. Never operate in an awkward or bent over position.
  8. Always make sure the load is balanced over the wheels. The operator is only there to stabilise and push the load. Never take the brunt of the load yourself, let the truck do the work.
  9. When transporting the load, only ever push forward. Never pull the load backwards – if you trip, the load will fall on top of you and could cause serious injury.
  10. Always maintain a safe speed whilst using a hand truck – you must always be in control of the truck.
  11. Hand truck injuries typically occur when knocking into stationary objects and trapping your hand in between the object and the handle. Take extra care when manoeuvring through tight spaces and wear gloves for added safety.
  12. When travelling up or down stairs, make sure to keep your back straight or at a slight angle. If you are bent down and trying to lift you could cause injury or the weight of the load may pull you down the stairs. Typically, you should be one extra step above the hand truck when lifting and take an extra step back at the top of a flight of stairs.
  13. When bringing a load down a set of stairs, make sure to add tension to the springs by turning the hand screws 3 or 4 full turns into the springs. This will cushion the load when dropping to each step.
  14. In a work environment, always park the truck in a designated area, never leave in an aisle or area of traffic.
  15. Never leave a load stationary on the truck for a long period of time as this may deform the wheels.
  16. Finally, when the Zero Hand Truck is used correctly it is an excellent aid for material handling. It greatly reduces the chance of injury and strain so follow these guidelines and let the truck do the work for you.
Max Weight Capacity

Gas Cylinder


2 in 1
250kg (2W)
400kg (4W)
Wide Load