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Proper Lifting of Tires

Tires and wheels weigh on average, about 70 pounds which makes safe handling important to avoid sustaining multiple injuries. One of the most frequently handled parts of a vehicle is its tires and wheels. These guidelines will help prevent employee injury when handling tires.  

  • Always lift small – medium sized tires between the waist and the chest.  
  • Large tires should be handled in 1 of 4 ways:  
    • Between the waist and chest
    • Just above the ground
    • With the help of a fellow employee
    • Using a mechanical device, such as a tire handling device or cart
  • Tire rotations should be performed by two employees.  
  • Tire rotations can also be conducted with the assistance of mechanical tire handling devices or carts.  
  • Tires should never be carried in the service shop. 
  • Tires should be rolled when being transported in the shop.  
  • Carts or dollies should also be used if they are available to transport tires.  
  • Employees need take their time and not rush when performing a lifting.  
  • Employees will handle tires close to their bodies when handling tires. 
  • If tires are large, employees will test the weight of the tire before fully lifting it.  
  • Employees need to lift with their legs, not their back.  
  • Before handling tires, employees should dry their hands off if their hands are oily or slick. 
  • Tires should be lifted slowly and smoothly.  
  • When changing direction while transporting tires employees should turn their entire body. 
  • When changing directions, you should never twist.  
  • Never try to catch a tire if it begins to fall for any reason, 
    • Let it fall and stop moving before attempting to retrieve it. 


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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