5 Tips for Material Handling Safety
Material handling accidents are one of the most common reasons for injury at aggregates operations.
According to the Safety Watch section of the August 2013 print issue of Aggregates Manager, 38 percent of all injuries reported at sand, stone and gravel operations in 2012 were the result of a material handling accident.
Follow these best practices to avoid accidents and injuries during material handling:
Use proper material handling procedures to handle, store or move (manually or mechanically) items and prevent strains, fractures and hernias.
Always wear personal protective equipment, such as work gloves, safety boots, safety glasses or goggles or metatarsal guards
Seek help and/or attach handles or holds to loads for lifting
Know the limit on mechanical lifting equipment. Load capacity should be displayed on all lifting equipment.
Avoid back injuries by implementing ergonomics such as reducing the size and weight of lifted objects, using a lifting aid changing the height of lifted objects or using a shelf.
Safety Watch information was provided by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
From our partners
MORE FROM Aggbeat Online
SUBSCRIBE & FOLLOW
- Legislation stopping proposed Waters of the U.S. rule passes Transportation and Infrastructure committee with bipartisan support179 Views
- Bipartisan highway bill would tie federal gas tax to inflation, create transportation commission177 Views
- Eagle Scout project rebuilds DeSoto State Park hiking trail from stone found in old quarry at park166 Views
- MSHA invites all mine health and safety trainers to join its training call on April 29159 Views
- NSSGA wants everyone to ask their representative to co-sponsor the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732) to stop proposed Waters of the U.S. rule131 Views