4 Steps to Safely Using Machine Moving Rollers

Machine moving rollers transport heavy machinery, equipment, and other materials safely and easily.

They operate in spaces where forklifts and pallet trucks simply can’t, such as office spaces and multi-story buildings. What’s more, their versatility remains unmatched, with some moving rollers capable of hauling more than 100 tons.

As with any heavy machinery, operating machine moving rollers requires attention to workplace safety. Read on for four ways to ensure your safety on the job.

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1. Know What You’re Moving

One of the biggest dangers workers face when using moving rollers happens when they underestimate the weight of the cargo for transport. To avoid this, start by getting specs on the types of load you’ll be hauling. Then, choose appropriate moving rollers based on weight.

Also, always opt for moving rollers with at least 25 percent more capacity than your load. Why? Because uneven moving surfaces happen. A lot. When they do, loads balance on three points. A larger capacity means that the machine moving rollers you use will handle the job despite surface variations.

2. Inspect Your Equipment Regularly

Before each use, carefully inspect moving rollers. Some things to remember:

  • Pay attention to the chain and chain rollers. These should move easily, demonstrating full functionality before any heavy lifting starts.
  • You’ll also want to check the position of the chain roll in the track. In the roller frame, it should fall dead center, with no visible shifts from side to side.
  • As you position the load on the moving rollers, you’ll want to check in visually. For example, the load should rest completely on the roller. In the case of swivel or swivel lock models, it should cover the swivel top plate.

3. Take It Slowly

Using moving rollers means you’re moving weighty objects. This takes time and a practiced hand. So, don’t rush the process. Always:

  • Take time to inspect your work area, ensuring it’s clear of debris and trip hazards.
  • Have someone nearby in case you need a hand.

And remember: One of the most dangerous parts of using moving rollers involves positioning the object to be transported. You can use toe jacks to streamline this process, but always lower them slowly.

4. Stability Matters

A variety of factors lead to unstable loads: uneven or cluttered floors, top heavy loads, and improper roller alignments. To help stabilize your loads:

  • Before using machine moving rollers, inspect your designated pathway for uneven or cluttered areas. Clear all potential trip hazards, and use pads to prevent load shift.
  • Besides ensuring a clear walking path and adding pads, monitor for signs of load shift. Loads with a high center of gravity require extra care.
  • Consider temporarily attaching the load to the roller for added stability.

Workplace Safety Starts with You

Like other heavy equipment, moving rollers present a significant workplace safety risk when OSHA guidelines get overlooked. These risks can result in catastrophic injury or even death. But by following the basic principles outlined above, you’ll ensure a safer working environment for everyone.

Contact us today for more information on which moving rollers are best for your work environment.