Proper Storage & Moving of Materials

Employees who perform storage and stacking work may become injured because of various hazards, including buildup of debris, contact with unsecured storage materials, and because of insufficient provision of materials such as personal protective equipment and forklifts that are designed to make their jobs easier to perform. Hazards include the following:

  • Storage areas have accumulated materials that can cause tripping, fires, or explosions, or that can contribute to the harboring of rats and other pests.
  • Employees have not been given proper protective equipment, such as lifelines and safety belts, when these employees are working on stored grain in silos, hoppers, or tanks.
  • Bound storage materials have been left unsecured, causing these materials to slide, fall, or collapse.
  • Forklifts are being used improperly when moving stored materials from one area to another.
  • Materials that are moved manually are moved using improper lifting techniques.  

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