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Elevators installed with more than 4 inches of “gap space” between the hoistway doors and the elevator car doors can pose a serious safety risk. Children may become entrapped in the space and could be seriously injured or killed. This risk can be reduced with the proper installation of space guards at each floor.

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Material Handling: How to Avoid Injuries

Material Handling Tips Preferred Elevator

If your job involves material handling, it comes with a few risks.

If your job involves material handling, it comes with a few risks. However, there are many ways to minimize the hazards of working in an industrial sector. You can avoid injuries and potential loss of income by being as safe as possible and taking preventive measures to keep your body in the proper shape and good health. Simultaneously, employers can prevent loss of productivity and potential workers’ compensation claims when investing in safe work practices and installing a material lift. When handling material, here are three tips that employees should consider.

Use the Proper Lifting Techniques When Material Handling

Employees often have to meet a quota in an industrial sector such as a warehouse. With that in mind, employees often rush without paying attention to their form or examining their technique. Lift with your legs versus bending and lifting with your back to avoid back pain. Avoid reaching for items that are way too high or too tall. Also, try not to twist and turn to access items. If you’re a manager, you should also ensure that your employees have fewer reasons to potentially injury their bodies. Place heavy objects on shelves and racks where people can reach them easily. 

Encourage Your Employees to Adjust to Facilities’ Conditions

Industrial facilities can become stifling in the summer and freezing during the winter. With that in mind, encourage your employees to dress appropriately for weather conditions. When it’s cold, muscle pulls can happen. When it’s too hot, employees may feel dehydrated. Stress the importance of your team drinking enough water and getting enough sleep. When an employee feels lethargic, they don’t make the safest decisions. Encourage healthy workplace practices. 

Invest in Material Lifts to Make Material Handling Easier for Your Employees

Even with a team of physically strong employees, investing in a material lift is a wise decision. Vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) serve as a safe way to transport materials from one place to another. Injury avoidance is only one benefit of material lifts. Your customers can look forward to faster customer service while you can look forward to running a highly efficient and lucrative business. Plus, your employees will be happy that they can age in peace without a lot of bodily damage. 

Are you intrigued by the idea of VRCs and wish to make material handling safer for your employees? Give us a call today! 

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For over a decade, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

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    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
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      Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
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