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Stacking hazards could endanger the lives of your workers

Posted by admin on February 20, 2018

One of the most common hazards that workers face results from the improper storage of materials. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created a pamphlet that you should study as an employer. In this critical document, you'll find guidance that will help your workforce to handle and store materials safely and efficiently. You'll also want to follow essential warehouse safety tips and rules to better improve safety. 

What precautions should workers take when moving materials using machines?

1) Place the load on the forklift as close to the mast as you can. This will help reduce the likelihood that the equipment will tip over and the items will fall off.

2) Always use the maximum weight of the lift to determine how much weight you should carry. This information can be found on the machine itself.

3) When moving anywhere, such as across your facility's floor, make sure that load is adjusted to the lowest position possible.

4) Never forget to adhere to the truck's operational instructions. This also means following OSHA's forklift inspection requirements.

Worker on a forklift in a modern warehouse

What precautions should workers take when moving materials manually?

Workers should ensure that they have the proper training on safe lifting techniques and proper training on personnel protective equipment (PPE) prior to beginning any movement of materials manually.   They should also make sure they are equipped with the right tools and PPE including:

  • Handles or Holders that attach to loads
  • Hand and forearm protection, such as gloves, for loads with sharp or rough edges.
  • Eye protection
  • Steel-toed safety shoes or boots
Workers should also use blocking materials to manage loads safely.  Blocking materials  should be of the right shape and size and strong enough to support the load being moved.

What safeguards must workers follow when stacking materials?

1) Keep in mind that timber should never be stacked more than 16 feet high if you are piling each piece on top of the other without the help of a machine. If you are using equipment such as a forklift, that number increases to 20 feet.

2) Double check to see that stacks are properly secured.

3) Take the height restrictions of your facility into account when stacking materials.

Train your workers on appropriate stacking hazards by utilizing IndustrySafe's safety training software. You can also track your incidents, inspections, hazard analysis and other safety metrics with the IndustrySafe Software. Contact us to learn more.

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