Mechanical Material Handling: Protection of Property

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.

Protection of Property and Surroundings

• Avoid locating workstations or storage racking on corners of intersecting aisles
• Avoid opening clearances that inhibit forklift traffic
• Design aisles wide enough to accommodate two forklifts passing side-by-side
• Install multi-view mirrors on cross-traffic corners
• Keep floor surfaces in good repair
• Install properly rated storage racking to withstand the intended load
• Clearly mark traffic paths and routes for forklifts
• Require employees to wear steel-toed shoes wherever material-handling equipment traffic is common

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