Lift with your legs – straighten your back and bend your knees slightly while using the hook as a lever to pop open the covering. Use your legs to push down and pry up the lid to lift the manhole cover. Watch your hands and feet – never place your fingers or feet under the lid.
How to Lift a Manhole Cover?
A manhole cover is a critical piece of infrastructure that is often overlooked. Without these covers, our streets, sidewalks, and other areas would be prone to flooding, dangerous gases, and other hazards. Knowing how to properly lift a manhole cover is essential to anyone who may need to access the underground infrastructure. Follow these steps to safely lift a manhole cover.
1. Locate the manhole cover. The cover is usually round or square in shape and is located in the ground. It is typically made of metal and has a recessed area around the edges to make it easier to grip.
2. Identify the lifting tool. Most manhole covers are equipped with lifting tools such as a large metal bar or a ring attached to a chain. If the lifting tool is not present, use a pair of heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands.
3. Secure the area around the manhole cover. This is an important step to ensure the safety of anyone who may be nearby. Clear the area of any debris and secure the cover with a piece of wood or a heavy object to prevent it from moving when you lift it.
4. Create leverage. Place the lifting tool under the edge of the cover and pull the handle