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 The Workplace

   Physical Conditions
   Pedestrian Traffic
   Ramps and Grades
   Loading Docks
   Narrow Aisles
   Elevators
   Enclosed Areas

Understanding the Workplace:
Elevators
Dangerous loading of a freight elevator.
Figure 1. Dangerous loading of a freight elevator.
Potential Hazards:
  • Overloading. Know the combined weight of the load and the truck.
     
  • Damage to floor.
     
  • Insufficient overhead clearance and space in elevator.
Requirements and Recommended Practices:
  • Ensure the elevator has a rated capacity to safely lift the combined weight of the load and the truck.
     
  • Approach elevators slowly and enter squarely after the elevator car is properly leveled. Once on the elevator, neutralize the controls, shut off the power, and set the brakes. [29 CFR 1910.178(n)(12)]
     
  • Ensure adequate overhead clearance for truck and space in elevator for the truck and operator.

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