Mechanical Material Handling: General Practices

ForkliftMechanical material-handling demands in today’s food processing facilities are very diverse, but typically include lifting and handling raw materials, in-process components and finished products.

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

You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with mechanical material handling by implementing these tips:

General Practices

• Assign direct responsibility to management for safety coaching and enforcement of safety practices

• Evaluate overall production processes to identify unnecessary material-handling demands

• Reduce transport time by using mechanical devices when possible

• Evaluate production flow for opportunities to reduce bottlenecks

• Consider the material flow and handling impact on downstream departments

• Train staff on proper lifting and material-handling practices

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