MM2600, Lesson 1
Figure 1-12. Mobile Loading Ramp.
All MHE used for handling ammunition and explosives must be periodically load tested to insure that lift
capacity is within the safety limits for the specific type. Wreckers, cranes, forklifts, and pallet trucks
each have a specified time interval and a specified load capacity for testing. After testing, the test
capacity, the date of the test, and the date of the next test due are stenciled clearly on the equipment.
No items of MHE will be used to handle ammunition if the load test interval has expired.
When ammunition is handled manually, certain safety precautions must be observed.
Proper Lifting Practices. Lifting will be done with the knees bent and back straight so that thigh
muscles will assume most of the load. If the item being lifted is too awkward or too heavy to use the
proper position, additional help will be obtained. Lifting will be made vertically and close to the body.
Side lifts or off-balance lifts can cause muscle strains. Loads that obstruct vision will not be carried by
only one person.
Protective Clothing and Equipment. Steel-toed shoes or approved foot protection will be worn by
personnel in handling operations hazardous to the feet or toes. Protective gloves, aprons, and other
items will be worn when working with items that have sharp edges, abrasive surfaces, or splinters, or
that contain corrosive materials.