Our employer is asking us to move items that are approximately 1000 lbs (450 kg) each from one building to another.
We will need to move 5 of these machines out of a building and somehow load them onto a truck. We are not movers; we work with small items and sit at desks all day. I feel like this is a safety issue and that the company should contract professionals to move these items. The whole company is moving to a new location.
My co-workers and I have no problem moving items we can carry, but we have no idea how to safely move and transport these big things. I brought this issue up several months ago at a safety meeting and was assured professional movers would be used, but now I'm being told we will be doing this ourselves tomorrow. I'm legitimately worried someone is going to get hurt.
They are on wheels, but they will need to be pushed out onto a side walk and up a pretty steep hill to a truck that I'm told will have some kind of lifting machine on the back of it. The truck will be rented and one of us will be expected to operate it. None of us has any experience doing anything like this. We don't understand how it's supposed to be done and management is basically saying, "You figure it out."
We enjoy our jobs and like the company; I just am afraid one or more of us will be seriously injured in the move. I have already suggested that this is a safety concern, and that was acknowledged at the time. Now, that concern is not being addressed, and I don't really know what more I can do aside from calling OSHA or something. I don't know if we have the right to refuse to do this task or not.
How can I address this issue properly so that no one gets hurt?