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Preventing Injury & Improving Productivity by Reducing Manual Materials Handling

Manually lifting and moving heavy materials on job sites can result in strain, sprain, and related soft tissue injuries. These types of injuries 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.)

Best Built Plans

Watch this short video for an introduction to the program and how you can use it to help plan for safe materials handling throughout a project’s life cycle – from preparing the bid through completing the project.

Training Resources

Interactive exercises with narration to increase a worker’s understand of the need to plan lifts and to introduce equipment, work practices and lifting techniques that can help reduce the risk for injury.


Interactive exercises that introduce warm-up activities and the fundamentals of lifting practices and allow users to test their knowledge.

Site Planning Tool

Tailored for use at each stage of aproject, from preparing a bid to project completion, including pre-set spreadsheets, material weights, storage and handling options, dialy checklists, training materials, hazard alert cards, toolbox talks, and related microgrames. 


Need it on the Go?

The entire Best Built Plans Program, including all the planning, training, and coaching resources, is now available as a free app for your Android or iOS phone or tablet.

Infographics & Posters

Also available are infographics and posters to reinforce safer materials handling practices — post them on job sites or use them in printed materials, presentations, on your website, or social media.

As a new program, we want to learn from users what’s working, what needs to be improved, and what other resources are needed. Please take a few minutes to share your feedback by taking this brief anonymous survey (CLICK HERE).

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Other CPWR Websites

CPWR manages a series of websites that address specific hazards or audiences. See the full list.