When loading and unloading containers there are so many safety precautions and potential hazards that need to be considered. Your container is large, heavy and potentially dark. It is filled with products that could also be heavy or dangerous in the event of an accident. This is why it is important for you to be aware of the hazards that present themselves when container unloading, so here are a few.
Container placement and lighting
Container unloading hazards that could arise from the wrong container placement or lighting include container movement or slips, trips and falls due to lack of sufficient lighting. There are a few ways to ensure that you follow safe practices to avoid these hazards. This includes making sure that the container is placed in a solid, stable location and if unloading off a truck, the truck is stopped with its breaks on. These hazards can also be avoided by making sure there is sufficient lighting which could include the use of portable lighting.
Opening the container doors
When container unloading it is possible that the load inside may have moved around during transit and could potentially fall on someone when opening the door. To avoid any injury during this process it is important to use a door strap which will catch any falling items. It is then important to make sure you have a systematic plan to safely and efficiently unload the container.
Unpacking the container
Firstly, before you being container unloading, you should determine whether any of the product inside the container has moved around, to ensure the safety of your workers and minimize the risk of anything falling on top of anyone. It is important to secure the load if it is not already and make sure there is a secure ramp going to the container. Some ways to ensure safety when unpacking a container is to pack the loose items on to a pallet or to use a conveyer belt if unloading the container manually. Do not be afraid to stop and replan if it is not working.
You may be wondering how you are going to unload your container and achieve all of these safety precautions. This is why it is sometimes the best idea to outsource your container unloading to an experienced container unloading service.
Hoxton has been an established packaging company offering container unloading services for over 40 years. Hoxton can provide you with experienced container unloading services as well as any packaging or re-work needs that your product may have. Check out the Facebook and Website for contact info.
Author; Arielle Jones, making sure your hazards are managed