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Material handling safety for delivery drivers safety talk

Material handling safety for delivery drivers safety talk

Working as a delivery driver can bring exposures such as sprains and strains and overexertion injuries. Some conditions involving material handling that might present these exposures are:

  • Picking up material to be moved
  • Slips, trips, and falls while transporting material
  • Push and pull movement of carts or dollies

Material handling safety tips:

  • Wear closed toed shoes with good grip as well as gloves to assist with lifting items
  • When using carts or dollies to load or unload push and never pull the load
  • Plan your path before moving the load to avoid any obstructions
  • Do not take a shortcut through an area that presents additional hazards
  • When opening the truck or bay doors use handles and straps to get a good grip
  • If you must lift a load manually use proper lifting techniques and take it slow
  • If you have dollies, carts, lifts, straps etc. available to assist a heavy or awkward load, use them
  • Lightweight ramps should be used to prevent strain on steps or curbs with heavy items
  • Break the load into smaller groups when possible
  • Do not obstruct your view when traveling
  • Keep good housekeeping in the trailer as items are cleared out to prevent tripping or stepping on sharp items
  • If items are loaded into the trailer and not secured properly, bring it to the attention of the loader and have it reassessed
  • If cargo shifts, pull over to a safe area and get the load tightened
  • Plan stops in your route for rests to avoid muscle fatigue


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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