01/12/2004

Handling materials safely

Falling loads and mishandled equipment can seriously injure workers involved in
materials handling. This checklist offers general tips for keeping employees
safe while moving materials of any kind.


  • Is there safe clearance for equipment through aisles and doorways?
  • Are aisle ways designated, permanently marked and kept clear to allow
    unhindered passage?
  • Are motorized vehicles and mechanized equipment inspected daily or prior to
    use?
  • Are vehicles shut off and brakes set prior to loading or unloading?
  • When containers of combustibles or flammables are stacked while being
    moved, are they always separated by dunnage sufficient to provide stability?
  • Are dock boards (bridge plates) used when loading or unloading operations
    are taking place between vehicles and docks?
  • Are trucks and trailers secured from movement during loading and unloading
    operations?
  • Are dock plates and loading ramps constructed and maintained with
    sufficient strength to support imposed loading?
  • Are hand trucks maintained in safe operating condition?
  • Are pallets usually inspected before being loaded or moved?

More information gives a CD-ROM, which offers good introductory help for
industrial environments dealing with manual material handling problems.

Further Information


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