When it comes to such operations, it is vital that everyone knows how to do their jobs well and assist their colleagues, to allow enough space for everyone to steer clear away from any harm or injuries. A few of the most common materials that professionals handle are lumber, bulky metal poles, bricks of any size, kegs and even barrels. However, no matter how much one is careful to avoid sustaining potential injuries, there might be one day when it would happen to them due to carelessness. Below are 3 of the most common occupational injuries, how to spot these potential hazards and finally how you can prevent them.
The common injuries that are seen or experienced
Usually one might sustain physical injuries when manual work is involved. Through a survey, workers have reported that some time throughout their professional career, they have sustained the following injuries:
- Cuts or abrasions from direct and rough contact of improperly stacked materials that are not uniformly arranged, or cutting loose ties without paying attention and getting too close to that snapping point.
- Sprains and strains from lifting something heavy or bulky without applying the right posture or technique.
- This is the worst of all and should be avoided. Fractures that caused by an involuntary strike from something heavy or when a worker got caught in a pinching point.
Knowing the signs of potential hazards could save one’s life
One of the easiest ways to go about this, is to evaluate whether something can be handled alone or not. If the answer is no to that, you will need more than one manpower to handle that item – whether it is for storage or moving – get someone to help you!
Prevention is a sound measure
Safety councils and experts alike, all recommend that you do not let something happen first and then you decide to take action. It might already be too late to react. Instead, have something non-human in place to aid your workers. Such as a pallet tilter to free up some dock space.