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September 20, 2018 at 1:00 am

Enhancing Workplace Safety: Precautions when Handling Lifting Equipment

Lifting EquipmentLifting equipment make work easy, manageable and less time-consuming. However, if not handled well, there will be a hefty price to pay. Some fatal accidents have been witnessed, with workers getting struck by swinging or falling objects and the collapse of the cranes. These dangerous occurrences could lead to serious injuries in your workforce as well as the general public. Despite these risks, it is possible to operate the equipment effortlessly and safely. It only takes careful planning and a thorough risk assessment. In addition to these procedural requirements, here are some essential regular undertakings that will enhance safe lifting.

Vigilant Training

All personnel should undergo rigorous and repetitive training. The managers should have a full comprehension of poor lifting techniques and faulty equipment so they can spot them early enough.

Let them know the appropriate way to operate a telehandler, forklift or crane, and what loads to elevate using any specific lifting cage. The emptying and filling ease should determine this, strength of the equipment, size, and design. Also equip slingers and signalers with relevant skills so they can all work coherently, and let all involved wear protective gear.

Load Safety

The equipment you are using should be strong enough, well maintained and right for the load. The load should be sufficiently secured to the equipment. Have restraining nets to prevent merchandise from falling in case of a mishap. When using cages, ensure the side gates are well-secured to prevent the load from slipping off. Never exceed the recommended maximum load weight and height.

Appropriacy of the Equipment

Different equipment suit different materials. Ensure that you have the right equipment by referring to the manufactures guide. In case it is not clear, contact them for advice on the same. Another consideration is the state of the equipment. It should be fit for use. Schedule regular maintenance as stated by the manufacturer and always perform thorough inspections to ascertain it is in good working condition before commencing work.

Using lifting equipment minimises the risks that come with the manual handling of merchandise. Operating the equipment in the right way is essential in ensuring the safety of handlers and the general public.