Safe Material Handling Pratices

17th Jun 2014

You should identify loads that are so bulky that they cannot be lifted safely. Employees should be trained to understand these issues and then use the proper equipment to properly transport these items. Tilt Trucks are designed for easy transportation of debris and many of them allow for a single person to tilt or dump the debris. Construction sites use tilt trucks to haul a wide variety of heavy materials, educating the staff on the proper technique and how to understand the load capacity of each tilt truck will help reduce employee injuries. 

Lets next look at the benefits of material handling equipment that offers ergonomic solution for utility carts and tilt trucks. The benefit of buying these carts is that they will reduce the stress that cause cumulative trauma disorders and repetitive motion injuries. Ergonomic principles may require controls such as reducing the size or weight of the objects lifted,  or changing the height of a pallet or shelf. Work height platform trucks allow for the adjustment of the deck to reduce the strain of bending and lifting. Look for platform trucks and utility carts that offer angled handles to keep wrist and bones in the forearm aligned for optimum leverage while transporting products. Variable grip height handles is another major benefit of ergonomic handles they improve maneuverability and reduce muscle strain for the user regardless of the height of the worker.

Although no approach has been found for totally eliminating back injuries resulting from lifting materials, a substantial number of lifting injuries can be prevented by implementing an effective ergonomics program and by training employees in appropriate lifting techniques.