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Common Stone Handling Hazards and How to Prevent Them

March 2023

Author: Merv Campbell

Stone handling is a critical aspect of the fabrication process, but it can also be dangerous if not handled properly. As a leader in the stone industry, Omni Cubed is committed to promoting safe and efficient stone handling practices. In this blog post, we will discuss some common stone-handling hazards and share tips on how to prevent them.

1. Slips, Trips, and Falls

Wet and slippery surfaces, uneven ground, and debris on the ground can all increase the risk of accidents. To prevent these hazards, it is essential to keep the work area clean and free of debris. Additionally, workers should wear slip-resistant shoes and use proper footing techniques when carrying heavy stones.

2. Lifting Injuries

Lifting heavy stones can put a strain on the back, neck, and shoulders, leading to injuries. To prevent lifting injuries, it is essential to use proper lifting techniques. Workers should lift with their legs, not their backs, and keep the stone close to their bodies. Additionally, workers should use lifting aids, such as slings or lifting clamps, to reduce the strain on their bodies.

3. Pinching Injuries

Another common hazard in stone handling is pinching injuries. This can occur when workers are handling stones with their bare hands or using improper equipment. To prevent pinching injuries, workers should always wear protective gloves and use proper lifting equipment, such as clamps or suction cups.

4. Cuts and Abrasions

Sharp edges on stones can cause cuts and abrasions if workers are not careful. To prevent these injuries, workers should wear cut-resistant gloves and use caution when handling stones with sharp edges. Additionally, workers should inspect stones for sharp edges and use hand tools to smooth them out before handling them.

5. Equipment Malfunctions

Stone handling equipment, such as cranes or hoists, can malfunction if not properly maintained. To prevent equipment malfunctions, it is essential to conduct regular inspections and maintenance on all equipment. Additionally, workers should be properly trained on how to use the equipment safely.

At Omni Cubed, we are committed to promoting safe stone-handling practices. By following these tips and using proper equipment, workers can prevent common stone handling hazards and ensure a safe and efficient fabrication process. Remember, safety should always be the top priority in any stone-handling operation.

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