Strains, sprains, fractures and bruises are common injuries related to the handling of materials. They are caused primarily by improper lifting techniques, carrying too heavy of a load, incorrect grip, failure to observe foot and hand clearances, and failure to wear protective equipment.

  • Inspect material for slivers, burrs, and rough or sharp edges.
  • Keep your hands free of oil or grease, wipe off any grease or slippery objects before you move them.
  • Keep a firm grip on the object to be moved.
  • If an object is heavy or clumsy get help lifting it. Discuss beforehand how the object is to be moved and set down.
  • Be sure the path over which an object is to be moved is clear of obstructions before you start.
  • Always lift with your legs and not your back.
  • Watch pinch points, especially when setting the object down.

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