Mechanical Material Handling: Crane and Hoist Safety Procedures

Crane and Hoist SafetyMechanical material-handling demands in today’s distribution or retail facility are very diverse, but typically include lifting, handling and moving inventory, order picking and shipping.

To prevent repetitive motion or strain-related injuries, the use of mechanical equipment is preferred over manual handling.

By being diligent in preventing employee and customer injuries, as well as property damage, you will help minimize accidents and help to reduce your insurance costs. You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with mechanical material handling by implementing these tips:

Crane and Hoist Safety Procedures

• Do not allow employees to operate cranes or hoist systems until they have been trained

• Perform frequent inspections

• Post the maximum loads for cranes and hoists

• Use only rated fixtures, connectors or attachments in lifting systems

• Certify maximum load ratings for makeshift lifting systems

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