Shell Cbd Safety Meeting083106

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Shell Cbd Safety Meeting083106

  1. 1. Pitney Bowes Lifting & Back Safety August 31, 2006
  2. 2. <ul><li>Be aware of the weight of the object you are trying to lift. Test the weight before committing. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of your personal limitations and the lifting requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of items that must be lifted with a partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of clearance and “catch” hazards. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of Newton’s 3 rd law: “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. This law controls every lift. </li></ul>Awareness is Fundamental 2
  3. 3. Dangers of Improper Lifting <ul><li>The back is the most common victim of improper lifting, however the whole body is at risk. </li></ul><ul><li>Other people – an aborted lift can injure a helper or passerby. </li></ul><ul><li>The material being lifted which may be fragile and expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>The work area – walls are frequent targets of dropped loads. </li></ul><ul><li>Serious hazards – when lifting metal loads near electrical sources that may be exposed nearby. </li></ul>3
  4. 4. Unlikely suspects of Hazardous Lifting <ul><li>Paper – In the copy business this the greatest and most common lifting hazard. </li></ul><ul><li>Copy paper weighs more than you think.1, 500 sheet ream of 20# paper in the following sizes weighs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8.5x11 – 5 Lbs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8.5x14 – 6 Lbs. 7 Ozs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11x17 – 10 Lbs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A 5,000 sheet case of 8.5x11 weighs 50 Lbs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Copiers are often located in somewhat confines spaces which makes loading paper more difficult and acts as a weight multiplier. </li></ul>4
  5. 5. Best Reasons to Lift Safely <ul><li>Look in the mirror, no one benefits from if you are injured and no one but you will feel your pain! </li></ul><ul><li>Not only will you not be able to do the things that you enjoy doing if you are injured, but the most basic activities can become a major, and painful effort. </li></ul><ul><li>Interacting with family members and friends may be severely restricted. </li></ul><ul><li>Missed work affects co-workers and customers. Promotional opportunities may be missed during an absence. </li></ul><ul><li>Lost overtime may cause a financial hardship. </li></ul>5
  6. 6. In Summation <ul><li>Awareness – Of all aspects of lifting. </li></ul><ul><li>Dangers – To people, loads and surroundings. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlikely Hazards – Loads and surroundings combine to create hazards. </li></ul><ul><li>Best Reason for Safety – YOU! </li></ul>6

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