Manual work, especially lifting heavy objects, can really make a number on an employee's body if proper lifting technique is not practiced. It is of the utmost importance that training and technology be exercised to ensure that drivers are safe when dropping packages at the various locations on their route.
Here are the extra steps we recommend to take to confirm the supplier's security:
Test the package
Just because a package is small does not necessarily mean it is easy. Always test the package by lightly pressing it with your hands or feet. This will help you get a sense of weight so you can properly prepare to lift it.
Make sure it is packed correctly
Always check if the weight of the package is evenly distributed. If there are loose objects in the box, there is the possibility to change while driving and in turn cause an accident.
Don & # 39; t Overextend
Never reach far to pick up a package or reach for something that is too high. Instead, use a ladder or go closer to the object to avoid overdoing the muscles and / or injuring the back. Also let your arms and legs do the work ̵
Practice Safe Lifting
When lifting a package, always use smooth controlled movements and try not to twist your upper body as it can also increase the likelihood of injury. Always keep the load close to the body, which helps to reduce the load on the back muscles. By carrying the load in the space between the shoulders and the waist, it takes the pressure off the back and helps reduce the risk of injury.
Make sure you warm up and stretch before you start the day of lifting. You would do if you were at the gym, right !? It is also important to make sure that you take care of yourself so that you do not get tired and start neglecting your safe lifting habits. Be sure to keep an eye on the ground and look where you are going. Never let your package be the reason you fall because it blocked your field of vision!
The fact that an injury is so likely to occur if the right steps are not taken is the reason why the act of manual handling is often included as a danger when insurance companies build insurance coverage.
But apart from the insurance aspect, we really want to hope for the driver's physical well-being for today. We understand that time is important when we deliver daily deliveries, but hurrying to take a package that is heavy runs a serious risk of injury. The bottom line is that it is simply not worth the risk! At Paradiso Insurance, safety is the key and we hope our tips help ensure your drivers' daily safety and reduce the likelihood of a claim. For more information, or for more information about our parcel security and insurance options, call us at 860-453-0116 or click here to send us a message.