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‘Kiss the carton’ safety campaign

Coles team members working in distribution centres are often required to perform duties which require a high degree of manual handling, with many cartons handled each shift.

Kiss the carton’ is a safety campaign developed to reduce the risk of injuries by highlighting good manual handling techniques.The program focuses on key areas of good manual handling practice, such as:

  • assess the load prior to lifting
  • bend your knees, keeping the natural curve of your back
  • ‘Kiss the carton’: bring the load close to your body
  • always grasp the load securely with both hands prior to lifting
  • never twist your body
  • apply the same techniques when placing the load on a pallet or a cage

Team members are rewarded for demonstrating safe manual handling techniques.