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Manual Materials Handling Planning Tool and Resources

Preventing Injury & Improving Productivity by Reducing Manual Materials Handling


Injuries resulting from manually lifting and moving heavy materials cost business billions of dollars and are a leading cause of disabling injuries in the construction industry. Best Built Plans provides contractors and workers with practical tools and information to plan for safe materials handling while staying productive and profitable.

See article "It's Time to Stop the Pain: Preventing Overexertion Injuries," CFMA Building Profits - The Magazine for Construction Financial Professionals

Planning Tool Image.pngClick here to access the Site Planning Tool online, which includes resources to plan for and reinforce safe materials handling practices at each project stage.

PC Based Planning Version.pngClick HERE to download the PC-based version of the Site Planning Tool PLUS Interactive Training and Coaching Resources. These interactive online exercises introduce equipment, work practices, and lifting practices to reduce the risk for injury.

If you need help, click HERE for step-by-step instructions. Please note, if you receive a message "BestBuiltPlans(1)zip is not commonly downloaded and may be dangerous." please click on the up arrow and click "Keep."  This is a message some browsers are using for new applications.

Find infographics and posters to reinforce safer materials handling practices HERE. You can post them on job sites, or use them in printed materials, presentations, on your website, or social media.

We want your feedback. Click HERE to take a brief anonymous survey. If you have questions about the program and materials, please email