When we’re stacking materials, we might not pay much attention to the manner in which items are positioned. In order to avoid crushing injuries, however, it’s important to focus on safety when stacking loads.
Here are four things to keep in mind to ensure safe stacking.
1. Find a stable surface. Make sure the base of the stack is stable by building the stack on a firm, level surface. If you notice that a load is already positioned on an unstable surface, move it to a more secure location.
2. Position larger and heavier items on the bottom. By placing heavier and larger items on the bottom, you lower the chances that a stack will topple over. And look for written instructions on the materials that’ll tell you how many items can be stacked on top of each other. Don’t exceed the recommended stacking height.
3. Tie items together. If the type of material being stacked is inherently unstable, tie or wrap items together to increase stability.
4. Pay attention to capacity limits. Find out the weight-bearing capacity of floors or shelves on which materials will be stacked, and don’t exceed those limits.
(From the Nov. 1, 2021, issue of Safety Alert for Supervisors. To start your no-obligation trial subscription to the publication right now, please click here.)