Use material handling equipment to prevent injuries on the job

Material handling equipment can help keep employees free of injury.

Material handling equipment can help keep employees free of injury.

Material handling equipment can help offset the physical stress placed on employees in the manufacturing and retail sectors. Working in a warehouse frequently means sorting, placing and retrieving inventory, which can be a burdensome task depending on how heavy it is. While warehouse managers should be training employees on how to handle inventory properly, but equipment can not only make things more efficient, but also keep workers safe.

According to Reliable Plant, lifting heavy inventory and then straining oneself is one of the most common forms of injury in the warehouse. The news provider estimates that between 40 and 50 percent of all injury claims are for lower back injuries while on the job. You should be trying to reduce the amount of repetitive work for your employees to keep them safe from injuries, which is where material handling equipment can come in, as these tools allow users to move large loads without as much manual effort.

Safety Culture reports managers should assess how much physical labor is being done in the warehouse and determine what can be simplified. For example, if you’re noticing employees are doing a number of trips back and forth, try increasing the use of equipment to reduce the instances.

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