Losing Control: Material Handling Dangers.

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Publisher:  U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Ergonomics, Operations, Material Handling/Storage

This document provides information about the dangers inherent in material handling and the role hazard analysis, work planning, and walkdowns can play in preventing injuries during heavy equipment moves. The document provides recent event summaries, associated corrective actions, and recommendations regarding work planning and hazard analysis that must be conducted to ensure safe material moves.

Lessons Learned: These events demonstrate that work planning for material moves must include walkdowns of the area(s), review of collateral tasks that may affect work completion and result in worker fatigue, and possible re-evaluation of the work categorized as "skill of the craft." Additional hazard analysis may be necessary to ensure that material moves can be completed safely.

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