Lifting heavy objects can put your employees at risk for injury. Weighty products can also become damaged because of improper lifting techniques. Here are a few different ways to keep your employees and inventory safe when handling heavy items.
Lift Objects to “Power Zone” Height
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends lifting objects that need to be manually carried to “power zone” height. This zone is located between your mid-thigh and mid-chest. The item should also be held close to the body to reduce physical strain. Lifting heavy objects in this manner will require the least amount of effort. Holding objects in this zone will also give your employees better control and decrease the chances of dropping items.
Know the Sling Rated Capacity
Your workers should know the rated capacity of any slings that they use to lift weighty products. The capacity of each sling will depend on the material that it’s made of and its size. The type of hitch that the sling uses will also determine its rated capacity. To avoid any mishaps, the capacity for each sling should never be exceeded. Sling manufacturers produce charts and tables that allow workers to determine the appropriate rated capacity.
Use Traveling Cranes
Overhead traveling cranes, like those from Eilbeck Cranes, can eliminate the necessity of having to lift certain items manually. Such cranes include hooks that can lift up to 120 tons. Trolley travel speeds can also be adjusted to suit your demands. Rolled section and welded box girders make lifting even easier. These cranes are ideal for lifting heavy vehicle parts and large crates.
Impose a Weight Limit for Manual Lifting
No matter how strong your employees think they may be, you should impose a strict weight limit on any objects that are manually lifted by a single person. Objects should not exceed 50 pounds if they are to be manually lifted. Any items that are more than 50 pounds should either be lifted with machinery or by two or more people. Many products have their weights clearly listed on them, but multiple employees or machinery should handle the lifting if there’s any doubt. Manually lifting items that are too heavy can result in the items being dropped on feet and may cause product damage.
You can maintain a safe work setting by making sure that all your heavy items are being lifted properly. Practicing the correct ways of lifting can be beneficial for both your employees and product inventory.