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Safe Materials Handling on Site
Sprains and strains (also known as musculoskeletal disorders) are widespread in the building and construction industries. Repetitive movements, sudden forces or sustaining awkward postures are often part and parcel of the job. However, much can be done to engineer out these hazards using simple yet effective equipment that can help you do the job in a safer way.
Here’s our tips for how to reduce the risk of injury when moving, lifting and storing site essentials such as pallets of goods, sheets of building materials, and even rubbish.
All of these items need to be moved in the correct way to help avoid injuries on site.
Safety Hazards when Lifting & Shifting
Musculoskeletal injuries can happen slowly, through repeated or continuous use of the same muscles, or they can happen suddenly through unexpected movements such as when a load being carried changes position suddenly.
When it comes to handling large or awkward equipment on site, there are a wide range of tools and products to enable you to make this process safer. Equipment such as goods cages, pallet jacks, plasterboard trolleys and self-dumping bins enable you to perform common workplace lift and shift tasks, with much less risk.
Some common construction hazards and how to manage them
Some examples of common construction hazards that can be managed with materials handling equipment include:
Carrying Gyprock sheets on a building site:
This can be made safer with the use of a purpose built plasterboard trolley, enabling workers to wheel the sheets around the site. This removes some of the risk caused by lifting and carrying the large awkward panels.
Emptying site rubbish bins into a large skip bin:
This process can be improved by using a self-dumping site bin, which negates the need for workers to lift heavy bins and upend them into the skip.
Self-dumping site bins have a unique mechanism underneath. They are picked up by a forklift and tipped into the skip, and when the forklift tynes are retracted, a special hinged shaft uses the forklift’s retracting movement to flip the bin the right way up.
Moving heavy items up to another level on a multi-level site:
Rather than carrying or carting items, a goods cage provides a great solution to neatly carry a pallet sized load of gear up to the next deck of your building. Goods cages have strong lifting lugs for attaching to a crane, and a wide opening gate on one side so you can easily slide a pallet in with a forklift.
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This information is provided as an introductory guide only and does not constitute professional advice. Ensure you make your own independent enquiries before deciding if a particular product is right for you. Consult the regulations and standards applicable to your area and check with your workplace health and safety representative for further information. Jaybro does not warrant the accuracy, content, completeness or suitability of the information on this site (or any site owned by the Jaybro Group) for your individual purposes.