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Moving large equipment is a priority for many industrial businesses. But some people rush to move onto the next item.

More than one-third of workplace injuries are shoulder and back injuries. People try to move large equipment themselves. They overexert their muscles, and they sprain themselves.

You can avoid these injuries with the right facts. Here is a quick guide on how to move large equipment.

Tools to Move Large Equipment

Tools to Move Large Equipment

You have many tools to move large pieces of equipment. One of the most common is the forklift.

The forklift is best for large but not bulky pieces of equipment. You can use the forklift to load equipment onto a truck or relocate equipment somewhere else on the floor.

Skates go under pieces of equipment to roll them across the floor. You will need to push and guide the equipment, which can cause injuries.

Roller skids are similar to skates. But skids bolt onto machinery, allowing for greater flexibility when pushed around. Roller skids are best for navigating equipment across a floor with a lot of shelving.

To place skates or skids under equipment, you can use a toe jack. This lets you lift up a piece of equipment so skates can slide underneath. Lifting straps can accomplish the same purpose.

If you have compact but heavy equipment, you can use roller dollies. Dollies use straps to secure equipment in place. Dollies can incorporate plates that allow you to turn equipment in 360 degrees.

Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Before you move any piece of equipment, wear gloves and headgear. Check the maximum weight that your tools can hold.

Talk to your coworkers about where you will move and place the equipment. Clear the way so you can move without issue. Call out to your coworkers who are nearby as you are moving.

When using a forklift, make sure the equipment is secure on the fork itself. Secure the load with straps or harnesses. Drive at a low speed with your load as low to the ground as possible.

When using skates or skids, push with the help of other workers. Bend your knees to reduce strain on your back. Push along the center of the load with both hands.

If your equipment is too heavy, hire machinery movers. Movers can bring cranes and hydraulic gantries to move equipment across a site. If you want to move equipment from floor to floor, hiring a mover is your best option.

Moving Large Equipment

Moving Large Equipment

Moving large equipment can be a pain. Get the tools you need to move safely.

The forklift is best for heavy and massive pieces of equipment. For more flexibility, you can use skates or skids. Lift objects onto a forklift with a toe jack.

Wear gloves and headgear when you move large equipment. Secure your loads onto your tools and communicate with your coworkers. Hire movers if you need additional help.

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