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Learn this Safe Lifting Technique

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Lifting and carrying materials is a common occurrence in the workplace, however, many business owners fail to teach their employees the proper technique for handling this task. While this may not seem like a serious issue, more that 700 back injuries occur every day as a result of unsafe lifting practices.

While having the right workers compensation insurance will assist any employees that injure themselves in a workplace accident, you can prevent these incidents from happening in the first place. The best way to accomplish this is by teaching your employees how they can safely lift and carry loads.

Here’s what a safe lifting technique entails.

1) Planning

During the planning stage, you should assess the size of the load and ensure that you can safely carry it by yourself. If the load is too large or cumbersome, you should seek assistance. You should also scan the load for any hazards such as protruding nails, splinters, or rough edges. Next, you should ensure that your route is clear of any walking hazards or obstacles. Finally, you should don the appropriate safety gear such as gloves, safety shoes, a back belt, and so on.

2) Lifting

After the planning stage, it’s time to execute the lift. Start by getting as close to the load as possible. Then firmly plant your feet shoulder-width apart so you can maintain your balance. Keep your back straight and your stomach muscles taunt as you bend at your knees and lift with your legs. Lift the load in a smooth motion, making sure not to twist your body. If you need to turn, use your feet to shift your body.

3) Carrying

As you carry the load, hold it as close to your body as possible. Watch where you’re walking; you should never carry something so large that it obstructs your vision. As you carry your load, keep your back straight and your stomach muscles tensed. Take extra caution as you move up and down the stairs.

4) Lowering

When lowering the load, it is again important that you keep your back straight and the load close to your body. You should squat, bending at your knees to bring the load down. Do not stretch or overreach when trying to set the load in position; simply set it down and then maneuver.

You should teach your employees to follow this technique to reduce the chances of someone suffering a serious back injury.  Remember, having the right workers compensation insurance is always a good precaution to take.  For assistance with your business’s insurance needs, contact the experts at Contractors Insurance Agency.  Our dedicated team is ready to get you the coverage that you need today.

Safety Tips for Working Near Power Lines, working near overhead power lines

Safety Tips for Working Near Power Lines

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Contrary to what you might think, serious injuries and even death is when working with overhead power lines is quite common. Roofers, heavy equipment operators, crane operators, and tree trimmers are just a few of the many professions that face the risk of dangerous power lines.

If you are in an industry that might be at risk, try out these suggestions to stay safe while working near overhead power lines.

Training and Pre-Planning

You should start by training your workers about the potential hazards they face when working in close proximity with power lines. When your employees are aware of the danger they face, they are far more likely to act carefully and responsibly. Another important part of staying safe is pre-planning. Identify the locations where your workers will be close to power lines, figure out the voltage of these lines, and what the weather conditions will look like at the time you will be working. Knowing these conditions beforehand will help you put a safety plan in place.

Maintain a Safe Distance

Anytime you are near a power line, you should be sure to maintain a safe distance away from the line. Usually, you should stay at least ten feet away. However, depending on voltage of the line and wind conditions, you may have to stay farther away. Electricity can arc through the air.

Avoid Working in Wet Conditions

If it is especially humid, raining, or snowing, you should not attempt to work near a power line. Water can conduct an electric current, making it more likely for electricity to arc through the air in damp conditions. If work must be completed, it’s important to contact the power company and seek a safety solution. They might be able to cover the lines with insulated blankets, or de-energize the lines for a temporary period of time. If de-energizing is necessary, this normally needs to be planned in advance, as it may impact local homes and businesses.

Safely working near overhead power lines requires considerable planning and the appropriate precautions.

Remember, having the right workers compensation insurance in place is another important precaution you should take.  For assistance with your business’s coverage needs, contact the team at Contractors Insurance Agency.  Our experts are ready to get you the coverage that you need today.

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