Created on Saturday, 27 July 2013 18:32
Injury and Illness Prevention Program
All licensed household movers must have a program in place to make sure that the employees and public are kept safe during relocation process. Movers must make every reasonable effort to provide a safe and healthful place of employment and to control the recognized hazards of any project. Accident prevention program is a basic part of mover's primary responsibility.
All moving companies are required to follow safe work procedures and take an active role in protecting fellow workers and general public.
Same procedures should be followed when you are moving your household yourself with the help of your family and friends. In a self move situation the person relocating becomes the responsible party for the safety of your helpers as well as safety of the goods, residences and moving equipment, such as a truck or a van.
If anyone gets hurt while helping you move on your property, it becomes your legal responsibility. Even-though, they are not your employees and are helping you on their own free will.
Here is the list of procedures that are used by moving companies to protect their workers. Use same precautions when moving by yourself.
SAFE WORK/MOVE RULES
- Report to work in good physical and alert mental condition.
- Ware proper clothing (shoes, gloves, etc.).
- Understand the work assignment and make certain that you are qualified for it physically, mentally and are experienced to perform it.
- Obey all special rules, instructions, and traffic laws. Speeding and/or reckless driving of large moving trucks (which you may not have much experience with) presents extreme danger to you and the others.
- The use or possession of intoxicating beverages or narcotics on the job is prohibited, and warrants immediate dismissal. Same goes for friends that are helping you move and decide to have a few beers; this may become a cause of an accident that would have been avoided while working in sober condition.
- Use the safety equipment and devices that are available to you for your protection, i.e. seat belts, cones, reflectors, etc.
- Watch for hazards, unsafe conditions and practices report them to your superiors immediately (or inform your friends of the existing hazard) and correct it if you can.
- Machinery and equipment must be operated by licensed personal only, don't try to repair it. If equipment breaks down report it to your supervisor or the rental agency.
- Lift with your leg muscles, not the smaller muscles of your back. Get help for lifting or moving heavy objects.
- Keep your work area clean and free of debris and other tripping hazards.
- Know where the emergency equipment is located, such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and report its use for replenishment.
- If injured in any way, must report to your employer immediately and obtain first aid or medical treatment.
- Disregarding any of these safe practices is a cause for termination of employment, or putting your friends in jeopardy.
- Riding on the outside, or inside the box of cargo truck is prohibited.
- Before starting the truck and putting it in motion make sure that there will be no danger to other persons or property.
- All equipment must be safely parked even if for a short time, before leaving it.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (MOVE RELATED)
- Wear proper footwear preferably boots or steal toed shoes, and back supports.
- Use proper respiratory equipment whether there is exposure to harmful dust, gases, fumes, or vapors.
- Whenever, loading the truck and have to carry items across the street ware bright vest or shirt. Stay alert of the oncoming traffic.
- Wear protective gloves when lifting furniture, large appliances, or working with hazardous products.
HAND AND PORTABLE ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT
- Use the right tools for the job.
- Do not use defective or dull tools.
- Make certain that all hand electric tools and control equipment is properly grounded.
ALWAYS THINK SAFETY FIRST, IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF THE TASK, ASK YOUR SUPERVISORS OR LEAVE IT FOR PROFESSIONALS.