Staying Safe When Handling Industrial Drums
Industrial drums of any size pose a significant workplace risk for anyone employed in warehousing or material handling occupations. With the average 55-gallon drum weighing between 400-600 lbs; manually transporting, decanting or otherwise handling drums is not only physically demanding, but a potentially dangerous task for any worker. Manual handling of drums is not only a potential safety hazard for employees but an inefficient method of accomplishing most industrial drum handling applications. As with all potentially dangerous occupations, however, these risks can be managed through a combination of the appropriate equipment and proper safety procedures. Safe handling of industrial drums also requires not only awareness but ongoing education around the hazards faced by those working with industrial drums. In this article, we offer a quick overview of drum handling safety.
Material handling situations all carry their own risk factors unique to each application which is why it is important to always handle drums as safely as possible. Taking the time to assess the challenges associated with any job is an essential first step in managing them. Some of the common safety hazards associated with industrial drum handling include:
¡€ Heavy drums that can¡¯t be handled manually.
¡€ The size and shape of industrial drums makes even the lightest or even empty drums unwieldy to handle manually
¡€ Confined spaces in which workers are unable to use forklifts or other material handling equipment
¡€ Storage of drums in restricted spaces where worker range of motion is severely restricted.
¡€ Unsafe floor conditions in which slipperiness, clutter or uneven surfaces can cause trips or falls.
¡€ Half-filled drums that have the potential to shift their weight while in transport.
¡€ Hazardous materials that can leak out of improperly sealed drums.
¡€ High volumes of industrial drums, even when done safely, can lead to overexertion and musculoskeletal strain associated from manual handling
Potential Complications and Management Techniques
Improper handling of industrial drums can have a number of both long and short term consequences, including, death, disfigurement, chemical burns, musculoskeletal injuries and disorders related to overexertion. While different applications require different risk-reduction strategies, the following techniques are common to almost all work environments:
¡€ Environmental management: A clean workspace is a safe workspace. Keep work areas free of dust and clutter. Make sure spaces are well-lit, and install ramps or other accessibility solutions as necessary.
¡€ Protective clothing: Proper work gloves, headgear and footwear are essential when handling industrial drums. Ensure that any employees on the floor have access to appropriate protective clothing.
¡€ Hazardous material labeling: Always read MSDS and other product information. Use the recommended containment strategies in the event of a spill or accidental exposure.
¡€ Proper Equipment: Ensure that workers are provided with and trained on equipment that enables them handle industrial drums safely and efficiently.
Ergonomic Drum Handling Equipment
An important aspect of risk management is having the right equipment for the job and knowing how to use it properly. SINOLIFT Equipment offers a number of products designed to increase on-the-job safety when handling industrial drums. SINOLIFT equipment is designed specifically for all drum handling applications including; transporting drums, loading or unloading trailers, weighing drums, or dumping and dispensing drums. From drum-handling forklift attachments, to ergonomic drum transporters and self-propelled dumpers, we manufacture a full selection of equipment that reduces the risks of injury associated with any drum handling application. Hopefully you found these drum handling safety tips useful. Contact our team directly for help choosing the product that¡¯s right for you.
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