HomeHome SearchSearch MenuMenu Our productsOur products

Do you know the eight lifting requirements for stacking and storage?

by , 13 December 2013
If your stacking and storage isn't properly controlled you risk fire, explosions, pollution, damage to stock and injury to your employees. Don't take that risk! Stick to the eight lifting requirements for stacking and storage and keep your workers safe.

Stacking and storage often requires lifting people by forklift or other mechanical lifting devices not specifically designed for this purpose, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

It's for this reason that you must comply with these eight requirements for stacking and storage:

Eight lifting requirements for stacking and storage

#1: Workers must be lifted in a properly constructed cage of rigid construction. This cage must be approved for use by an inspector of machinery.

#2: The underside of the cage must have channels that fit snugly over and under the forks of a forklift truck.

#3: The cage must be made of solid or mesh sides and in the latter case with a steel or wooden toe board.

#4: The cage must be secured to the mast either by a chain shackle or similar means approved by the Inspector of Labour (in writing).

#5: You must examine the forklift, cage and chain attachment before your workers use.

#6: Make sure all welded joints on cages are clear of patent defects.

#7: Ensure only experienced and competent operators operate forklifts with people in such cages.
No movement other than raising or lowering is permitted while the cage is occupied.

#8: Record all inspections carried out in the 'Register of Lifting Gear'.

'It's customary for the lifting portion of forklift trucks, i.e. the masts, chains, lifting hydraulics and forks, to be checked when regular services are carried out,' says the Health & Safety Advisor. So keep a copy of the service work sheet in your health and safety file.

Complying with these eight lifting requirements will help keep your workers safe when doing stacking and storage.

Enjoyed this article? Subscribe to receive these free articles in your inbox daily.
 



Related articles




Related articles



Related Products



Recommended for You 

  Quick Tax Solutions for Busy Taxpayers – 35 tax answers at a glance



Here are all the most interesting, thought-provoking and common tax questions
asked by our subscribers over the last tax year – everything from A to Z!

To download Quick Tax Solutions for Busy Taxpayers – 35 tax answers at a glance click here now >>>
  Employees always sick? How to stop it today



Make sure you develop a leave policy to regulate sick leave in your company.

BONUS! You'll find an example of the leave policy and procedure in this report.

To download Employees always sick? How to stop it today click here now >>>
  Absenteeism: Little known ways to reduce absenteeism



This FREE e-report will tell you how you can reduce absenteeism in your workplace while avoiding the CCMA and without infringing your employees' labour rights.

To download Absenteeism: Little known ways to reduce absenteeism click here now >>>
  7 Health & safety strategies to save you thousands



Don't let a health and safety incident cost you one more cent. Implement these seven
strategies in your company today.

To download 7 Health & safety strategies to save you thousands click here now >>>