Mechanical Material Handling: General Safety Practices

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.

General Practices

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