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While almost all of us are worried about running into an accident when we are outdoors and take care to avoid one, we are not worried about indoor accidents and don't take enough care. The truth is you are just as susceptible to getting into an accident indoors, as you're outdoors. You'll be surprised to know that people have been known to get into accidents even while using simple machines like sack truck and hand truck. Here are some safety tips that will help you prevent injury: -

1. Don't use faulty equipment
If your hand truck has a wheel that's worn by overuse and seems like it will come out, don't use the hand truck until it is repaired. Neglecting the damage, and using it just ‘one more time' might cause an accident that may cause damage to the goods you're moving, and even to people.

Every sack truck and hand truck that you're using must be in good condition, with well-oiled parts, and no loose bolts or nuts. Remember the story of the kingdom that was lost for the want of a horse-shoe?

2. Don't leave your sack truck lying around with goods on it
Have you ever left your hand truck ...
... midway and gone for a leak? Don't do that. The loaded hand-truck might slide and run into people or other equipment. This can be damaging not only to the equipment and people involved, but also to your job.

Always store the trucks in their correct place after you've unloaded the material. This will make sure that unsuspecting people don't trip on them, and don't injure themselves. Take care of your hand truck and sack truck, and make your work place more secure.

3. Don't overload your hand truck
Every hand truck has a load rating that tells you the maximum load that can be carried on it. Don't make the mistake of overloading the hand truck or the sack truck. The truck is not designed to carry heavier loads and the undue strain might cause damage to it. If anything breaks mid-transport, then you can lose more than time.

If you need to carry heavier loads than what your hand truck or sack truck is made for, then buy a stronger truck.

4. Always move at optimum speed
When you're working to offload a big consignment you might want to rush things up. But that's a mistake that can be dangerous. Always move at a brisk but safe pace, and don't ever run or race while using your hand truck or sack truck.

The faster you are, the less control you have on the movements of the hand truck. So like the road, don't go over the speed limit the warehouse too.

5. Wear Safety Equipment
Always wear safety equipment like hard hats, strong boots, gloves, and glasses while you work. This will help in making sure that you don't get injured if your foot gets accidentally trampled under the hand truck, or if something falls on you. Wearing all personal safety equipment is in your favor, so don't neglect this.

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