Mechanical Material Handling: Crane and Hoist Safety

Sentry Insurance Mechanical Material HandlingMechanical material-handling demands in today’s printing facilities are very diverse, but typically include lifting and handling raw paperstock, in-process print jobs and finished pieces.

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.

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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