Drum Handling Safety and Solutions
Safety Conscious drum handling solutions
Solve Drum Handling Problems
Risks of handling a heavy 55-gallon (210 liter) drum
- It can be hazardous to move a drum with your forklift
- Have you seen people manually roll a drum on the bottom rim?
- Ever see someone roll a drum down a makeshift ramp?
- There's a better way to mix the contents of a drum than rolling it on the floor!
Identify the Hazards:
Video: MUCH More than Drum Handling
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Drum Dolly and Clamp+GOTM Dolly Handle
to Safely pull or push a heavy drum on a wheeled dolly
- Flexible plastic drums are dificult to grip
- Slippery, cluttered or uneven floors
- Dangerous drum contents
Rack Drums in Horizontal Position
- Moving drums with bare forks is NOT recommended.
- Use a drum racker designed for the job
- Drums are stored on their sides should be cradled in a drum rack
Never Overload Your Drum Handler!
Each Morse drum handler is designed to specific standards with engineered safety factors... but if someone exceeds the rated capacity, all bets are off! Under no circumstances should any modifications be made to Morse machinery without factory authorization. Each Morse model is designed to perform a specific job, and alterations may result in injury to operator or machine. Also, any modifications would void the warranty.
Engineered drum handling equipment is designed to handle specific types and sizes of drums, as listed in the Operator's Manual for each model.
DO NOT attempt to handle any other type of drum or object.
DO NOT attempt to operate a damaged or malfunctioning drum handler, or one with missing parts.
- Contents shifting inside drum can make it difficult to control
Recommendations for drum handling safety... Drum handling Safety Tips
Heavy drums should always be moved with proper drum handling equipment. Use a drum truck, forklift attachment, below-hook drum lifter or other equipment specifically designed for drum handling.
A full 55-gallon (210 liter) steel drum can weigh over 2000 pounds (907kg), with typical weights of 400 to 800 Lb. (180 to 363 kg). When being moved, the contents of your drum may shift inside, making the drum difficult to control or even dangerous. There are also special considerations when handling a plastic drum or a fiber drum. Conditions such as restricted spaces and slippery or uneven floors can entail greater risks.
Mishandling a heavy drum can cause serious injury, damage the drum, waste valuable contents or contaminate the environment. Common injuries include a strained back, crushed fingers or hands, and foot trauma. Incidents of dropped drums, or drums rolling out of control, can also cause spills and damage.