Stacking hazards could endanger the lives of your workers

One of the most common hazards that workers face results from the improper storage of materials. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created a pamphlet that you should study as an employer. In this critical document, you’ll find important information ranging from precautions your employees should take when handling or moving anything to safeguards that ought to be taken when stacking items.

Here’s what you and members of your company need to know:

What precautions should workers take when moving materials using machines?

1) Place the load on the forklift as close to the mast as you can. This will help reduce the likelihood that the equipment will tip over and the items will fall off.

2) Always use the maximum weight of the lift to determine how much weight you should carry. This information can be found on the machine itself.

3) When moving anywhere, such as across your facility’s floor, make sure that load is adjusted to the lowest position possible.

4) Never forget to adhere to the truck’s operational instructions.

What safeguards must workers follow when stacking materials?

1) Keep in mind that timber should never be stacked more than 16 feet high if you are piling each piece on top of the other without the help of a machine. If you are using equipment, such as a forklift, that number increases to 20 feet.

2) Double check to see that stacks are properly secured.

3) Take into account height restrictions of your facility when stacking materials.

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