When working with specialised or heavy materials, as many warehousing and industrial processes do, there is always a bit of concern when it comes to safety. Mishandling, accidents and negligence are major contributors to workplace accidents; some being characterised by minor injuries or damages to equipment, while others are more severe, causing long-lasting or permanent injuries and in some cases, even death.
For this reason it is up to business owners and floor managers to ensure that health and safety procedures are adhered to, especially when working with forklifts, their attachments and accessories. Let’s take a look at how your facility can work towards eliminating injuries from the workplace, while handling materials.
Use Handling Aids Where Necessary
Lifting and handling aids include demarcations, tracks, man-up devices, forklifts and their accessories, or any piece of machinery or equipment that facilitates the movement of materials.
When handling heavy loads, too much unnecessary strain is put on a person’s body, and this can result in completely avoidable accidents or injuries occurring. Where bulk, mass and hazardous materials are concerned, it is always wise to invest in lifting equipment before doing the job; so that it can be done safely.
Never Lift Over Obstacles
Ideally, the floor should be clear of any obstacles before you start handling any heavy lifting or material handling. These obstacles can act as hazards, unseen to those who are carrying materials that obstruct their view. To keep your floor safe, you should also keep it clear.
Space and Lighting
Adequate floor-space should be allocated for lifting tasks to provide freedom and flexibility of movement. This may not always be possible, as is in the case with narrow isles in warehouses, and in these situations, equipment that is capable of navigating tight spaces is required.
Contact Micron Engineering for Details
There are many ways that you can enhance the safety and also the efficacy of your materials handling tasks. The best way, by far, is to ensure that you are using high quality, reliable equipment. If you would like to learn more about sourcing forklift attachments and accessories to assist your business with handling materials, be sure to contact a representative from Micron Engineering today, or visit our website for additional information on our offers.