Proper Storage & Moving of Materials

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This page covers the following topics:

  • Overview
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Measures to Reduce Unnecessary Exertion
  • Reducing Hazards Posed by Unstable or Heavy Loads
  • Proper Lifting Techniques

Overview

Moving of materials in order to store or stack them results in workers performing the same motion over and over again as they lift. These repetitive motions may subject workers to repetitive motion injuries--injuries to the body caused by performing the same motion over and over again, thereby straining a body part. Such injuries can result from manual material handling work during construction or construction-related activities. 

To reduce the risk of developing repetitive motion injuries, employers and employees can observe the following safety measures:

  • Provision of personal protective equipment
  • Planning and organizing work to alleviate stress caused by repetitive motions
  • Proper lifting techniques

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