Leasing Dangers in Loading and Unloading Heavy Equipment
Working in the trucking industry is a good position to have, but it does involve quite a bit of heavy lifting and moving. You need to load and unload heavy equipment to keep up with the job. This can quickly become quite dangerous due to the risk of injury, falling, and more. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people are killed every year from simply loading and unloading tractor trailers. However, many more people suffer injuries that can have long-lasting consequences. Let's take a look at some of the details, risks, and protections for dealing with heavy trucks in Alberta.
Injuries Due to Loading Heavy Trucks
Loading the trucks involve lifting, bending, and carrying heavy items. This can result in many dangers and injuries. Some of the injuries or accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Smashed limbs
- Head or neck injuries
- Spinal injuries
These injuries and accidents can be caused by the following incidents:
- Getting ran over by the trailer
- Becoming trapped between equipment
- Something falls on you
- Something tips over as you navigate a turn
Now that you know about some of the injuries and causes of injuries that may occur while working with heavy trucks and machinery, it's critical to take safety precautions. For one thing, the person driving the equipment must have plenty of experience operating it. The should have all the appropriate licenses and training so that they will be equipped to drive it safely.
While managing the loading and unloading operation, you should ensure that the people on the ground maintain a high level of alertness. Also, you should have a couple spotters, who will guide you as you drive and back up.
Other safety precautions you should take are as follows:
- Don't adjust steering when on a ramp
- Don't go unto the ramp at an angle
- Ensure there is ample room on the ramp to accommodate all the machinery
- Make sure you are not going down a steep angle on the ramp
- Lower all components such as booms while driving
- Avoid driving onto or off a ramp that has any notable slip or trip dangers
Special Regulations For Heavy Trucks In Edmonton
Now there are many special rules and regulations that help with the loading and unloading of heavy equipment. This ensures added safety for those engaging in this type of work. As they follow the rules and regulations, they won't have to worry about major issues as much. These standards, put out by the U.S. Department of Labor include the following:
- Powered industrial truck regulations, OSHA 1910.178
- General PPE requirements, OSHA 1910.132
- Guarding floor and wall openings, OSHA 1910.23
Stop by Edmonton Trailer
Now that you are aware of the safety regulations and how you can operate in the safest manner, it is the perfect time to take a ride over to Edmonton Trailer Sales & Leasing. Have a look at all the trailers and trucks we have on the lot. Pick out a new or used one today!