Posted by Melissa Hall in #YHSafetyTips, Dec 26, 2018
As we wrap up 2018, let’s take a look back at the top #YHSafetyTips from 2018! View all of our previous blog posts here.
10. Mobile Material Handling Cart Safety
Manual material handling represents the largest source of injuries and workers’ compensation claims in the United States, representing about one-third of all injuries. Manual material handling puts stress on the body in a variety of ways including: lifting, carrying or holding heavy, unbalanced materials; lifting using jerking or fast movements; not using proper lifting technique including twisting your back when lifting materials; and not limiting loads lifted to 50 pounds or less.
9. Gasoline Safety
Gasoline is something that is used every day - at work and at home. Keeping your gasoline stored safely and properly is very important to avoid injuries as well as property damage.
8. Qualified Inspectors
When looking for a third-party inspection company to inspect your material handling & safety assets, the single most important question you can ask is "are your inspectors qualified?". Ultimately, the company that you hire to inspect your assets is determining if it is safe to operate. An unqualified inspector is not only untrained, but can be extremely dangerous to you, your employees, and even damage your equipment.
7. Injury Recordkeeping
Keeping records of your assets, expenses, payroll, income, growth, and other factors are important to keep a business going and plan for the future. What about the unfortunate events, such as employee injuries and fatalities? Keeping these records is extremely important, and a requirement from OSHA.
6. Hand Safety
The best way to not get injured during a job is preventative maintenance. Hand injuries are one of the most common types of injuries in the workplace. Be sure to check all tools, machines, work areas, and anything else that is required before starting a job to prevent any hand injuries along with anything that can injure you in general.
5. Crane Regulations
It is important and mandatory to have your cranes inspected and up to code. You must have all your cranes inspected before you begin using them for the first time, and if you have them relocated and reinstalled. All new or relocated cranes must be evaluated, inspected, and load tested. Depending on the OSHA regulations depends on when you will have your crane and crane parts inspected. It can be anywhere from daily to yearly.
4. Below the Hook Tips
Introduced in 2018 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), AMSE B30.20-2018 revised the standards that apply specifically to below-the-hook lifting devices. ASME B30.20 and ASME BTH-1 are the most important standards for the design and marking of below-the-hook lifting devices. Educating yourself about these ASME requirements is a great start to ensuring below-the-hook lifting device compliance at your facility.
3. Warehouse Safety
Warehouse safety is extremely important. There are many common safety mistakes and hazards happening every day that are looked over in the workplace. We cover some of those topics to help you be aware of more things in the warehouse workplace.
2. Air Curtains
Help create a safe work environment for your employees with the use of air curtains. Also known as air doors, air curtains employ a controlled stream of air aimed across an opening to create an air seal. Designed to separate different environments while allowing an uninterrupted flow of traffic and an unobstructed view, air curtains are ideal for industrial and commercial settings. In addition to providing environment separation, air curtains also control the infiltration of pollutants and flying insects. Many health departments across the country require air curtains and/or other chemical free insect deterrents as part of being in compliance with health and safety standards.
1. Hook Safety
Hook inspections are to be done daily by the user. OSHA requires them to be inspected at least once a year. Misusing or not inspecting your hooks can cause a lot of damage. Do not overload the hook and make sure you are using them correctly to prevent damage.
We hope you enjoyed looking at the past year's most popular safety posts and have found them to be a valuable source. Keep an eye out for this year's #YHSafetyTips, as we will be continuing to post every Wednesday. If you have any suggestions on topics you would like to hear about tweet us (@YorkHoist) and let us know!