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Material handling efficiency and safety are critical for industrial and manufacturing plants of all sizes. Potential hazards associated with improper handling and storing of materials affect all employees and can result in costly injuries and even death. Typical risks involve transporting materials with industrial powered vehicles, cranes, or conveyors, storing materials improperly, lack of employee training, storing hazardous substances, and poor facility conditions.
Material handling safety issues are complex and require a customized analysis of each facility. However, some of the most common OSHA-reported safety violations and injury-causing problems include the following:
Lift trucks – Overloading or not centering a load can cause tipping. The load should be managed by its height and weight. A lift truck with safety warning features prevents accidents and injuries.
Risks: Collisions with pedestrians or other drivers, falling loads and crushing injuries.
Storage areas – Stored materials should be secured to prevent sliding or falling. Stacking in interlocking rows contribute to stability. Drums or barrels should be blocked to prevent rolling. Indicating the maximum height of storage will help employees avoid stacking materials too high.
Risks: Falling material, tripping injuries, manual stacking injuries.
Conveyors – Emergency stop cables, guards, and proper training prevent injuries. Cover screw conveyors to protect employees from the screw when in motion.
Risks: Conveyors may trap or pull employees or they may be struck by material on the conveyor.
Cranes – Outriggers on mobile cranes should be placed on a firm foundation to stabilize the crane. Hoisting chains and ropes should not be used when twisted. Pad sharp edges to prevent slicing slings and maintain proper sling angles. Inspect cranes daily.
Risks: Tipping or collapsing, falling, moving, or suspended loads, swinging components.
Aisles – Doorways, loading docks, pedestrian walkways, and other parts of the facility should provide adequate clearance, be free of obstructions or tripping hazards, and avoid wet or slippery surfaces.
Risks: Falls, trips, collisions, falling objects.
When handling tons of materials daily, safety is paramount. This requires operations that ensure proper safety practices, planning, training, and facility improvements. As an industrial safety contractor, Storee consults with each client to provide a variety of customized safety solutions. Call us at 888-736-2032.
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