5 Quick Tips About Moving with Equipment Skates
The wheel is one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Our ancestors instinctively knew that rolling things is easier and faster than dragging or carrying them. And modern moving equipment has only made it easier since then.
For instance,equipment skates are the modern version of putting wooden logs under heavy objects. They are notably useful in areas where a forklift or a crane is not the best choice, such as in a warehouse or an office.
Moving heavy loads is a dangerous job. In fact, millions died while working on the Great Wall of China. So, if you’re using machine skates to move heavy objects, remember these five tips to help keep you and your co-workers safe from equipment accidents.
1. Check Yourself
As the operator, you need to do your own risk assessment for the job to be done. You’re responsible for your own safety and for those of the people you work with.
- First, if you’re not properly trained in handling machine moving skates, don’t even attempt it.
- Next, always wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), such as safety goggles and hard hats.
- Also, make sure you have received medical clearance from your doctor to operate heavy equipment.
- Do not, under any circumstances, move heavy loads while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
2. Check Your Equipment Skates
Before using equipment like moving rollers and skates, you should check the condition of the machines for any faults or defects. Remember:
- Your machines should have all the safeguards fitted and installed properly.
- Learn their load limits and how they’re designed to move. Some skates can only go in straight paths while others can swivel and move in any direction.
- Perform regular maintenance, and repair or replace damaged parts as needed.
3. Check Your Load
The weight of the load is vital information that you need to know. Remember:
- Overloading the machine skates is something that you never should do.
- The weight will also determine how much force you’ll need to move the load. In general, one person can pull up to two tons.
- You should also study the weight distribution and the dimensions of the load. These data will determine how many points of contact are necessary when the load is on top of the skates.
4. Check Your Surroundings
The path to the desired space is an important consideration. Don’t forget:
- If it is a straight path, you can use straight-line skates, but you’ll need compact swivel skates if there will be curves and turns.
- The path should be clear of debris.
- Mark and tag all obstructions and hazards along the path. These include overhead power lines, low clearance, and underground utilities. You should also take note of cracks that you may need to repair with a filler.
5. Check the People Around You
This one should be obvious: You shouldn’t permit children and animals to be around the work area.
Proper communication is key. Always be in constant communication with your co-workers.
While moving the load, you’ll have blind spots. You need to be aware of personnel that could be behind you or in your blind spots. Have a spotter guide you in these situations.
Always Keep Safety in Mind
We can’t always guarantee safety, but we hope that you can avoid most accidents by reading these tips. Our equipment skates are designed with everyone’s safety taken into consideration, and we want you to be as safe as possible when using them.