Sunday, September 24, 2017

Materials Handling

Safety meetings related to handling materials either manually or with equipment

Manual Material Handling

Strains, sprains, fractures, and bruises are common injuries resulting from material handling. Approximately one-fourth of all job related injuries happen while material is being carried, repositioned, lowered, or lifted.

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Avoiding Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains, like back injuries and torn ligaments, account for more than 50% of all reported injuries. They often require a significant amount of recovery time and work restriction. Reduce your exposure to these serious injuries by adopting a process that includes minimizing manual material handling hazards such as heavy and repetitive lifting, repetitive reaching, and carrying of material.

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Pallet Safety

Webster defines a pallet as a "support for freight." As a support, it has the potential to take a lot of abuse. A lot of old pallets are never discarded when they should be. They are stacked in a corner and not used except as a last resort when there are no good ones left. Too many times we hear that a pallet has broken and the freight has fallen to the floor.

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