Carrying, lifting, rolling, or sliding heavy crates and boxes out of a truck requires both focus and physical strength to complete the job safely. While there are many wrong practices for loading and unloading trucks, there are also many ways to keep the whole process safe for everyone.
There’s equipment that uses skates attached to a truck to make the loading and unloading process easier. There are palette loading systems that also make lifting lighter for the workers.
So, if you’re re-evaluating your loading and unloading safety rules or simply finding ways to raise workplace safety, here are some tips:
1. Follow Proper Lifting Technique
There are machines and equipment to ease the unloading of heavy crates and boxes. But there may still be times when you’ll have to manually lift some of them. There are many ways to properly lift a heavy object, but the most basic tip is to maintain a natural curve in your lower back.
2. Beware of Trucks Backing Up
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’ll be surprised by how some people are still unaware of their surroundings while in the loading zone. The driver of a large truck that’s backing up won’t have a full view of where he’s backing up into. Be sure that the area is clear and the vehicle has stopped before going near it to start unloading.
3. Secure All Loads Properly
Make sure that locks, security straps, and vertical supports are locked in before heading out. Loose loads can cause great workplace risk once they need to be unloaded.
4. Stay Away from Loading Machines While In Use
While loading and unloading machines are a lot of help, they may also be unpredictable, especially if they’re old or not well-maintained. If you don’t need to be near one while it’s in use, steer clear until the job is done.
Safety should always be a priority in any workplace, especially when the job requires you to move large and heavy loads. Remember to keep these tips in mind when drafting your warehouse safety guidelines. Not only will you keep your goods and employees safe, you’ll also have a more efficient process that will increase productivity.