MSHA and NSSGA release new infographic about material handling injuries

Bobby Atkinson

November 24, 2015


The Mine Safety and Health Administration and the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association have partnered up to release a new infographic warning of the dangers of handling materials on the job.

According to the NSSGA, the poster sets out to inform miners how lifting, bending and material handling can be dangerous. Last year, 27 percent of all injuries in the aggregates industry were associated with material handling.

The infographic also details the best practices to avoid an injury from handling equipment and materials:

  • Miners who handle heavy and bulky materials must train on proper storage and how to physically or mechanically move materials.
  • Reduce the size and weight of heavy objects and use lifting aids when possible
  • Know the limits of equipment and display load capacity.
  • Miners should always wear personal protection equipment to prevent workplace injuries – safety glasses or goggles, gloves, boots and metatarsal guards.

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