The CDC has estimated that 30% of worker injuries stem from overexertion. Pushing and pulling causes at least 1 in 5 of those injuries. All are preventable if workers have the right tools and training.
The occupational health consultants at Ergonomics Plus stress the importance of a two-pronged approach to preventing overexertion injuries: training employees about proper habits and motions, and empowering them with powered equipment such as our WasteCaddy dumpster mover.
When it’s not an option to use motorized assistive tools, workers should practice the best mechanics for pushing and pulling. Top safety tips to give your team include:
> When possible, push rather than pull
> Ask a coworker to help with heavy loads
> Keeps floors clear and safe
> Avoid sudden, jerking motions
> Stand with feet shoulder-width apart
> Push with hands at chest height
Prevent Workplace Injuries When Moving Dumpsters & Carts
Anywhere that workers need to push or pull heavy carts, they need proper training and tools. This goes for distribution centers and warehouses as well as retail, apartment complexes, and office buildings.
If your staff must move heavy dumpsters, such as transferring from the parking garage to an outside pickup location, a battery-powered trash bin mover can help.
DJ Products makes the revolutionary WasteCaddy dumpster mover and the WasteCaddyLite to partially automate the task of moving dumpsters and waste bins. Workers simply steer, while the 3-mph powered dumpster mover safely maneuvers even on icy, rocky, or inclined ground.
Are you losing maintenance staff or paying workers’ compensation claims related to overexertion? Take a look at the WasteCaddy dumpster mover lineup from DJ Products.