Safe Slab Handling: Overview
Stone slabs can be unwieldly and dangerous if not handled properly. A typical slab can weigh from 800 to over 1,000 pounds. When grouped together in a bundle of five or six slabs, the weight can go up to 5,000 pounds or more. Gain a better understanding of the safety precautions needed when moving and working with slabs in this introductory course.
- Understand a slab’s physical properties, including size, weight, and center of gravity.
- Identify safety precautions that should be taken when moving a slab, including the number of people that should be involved, number of slabs that can be moved at one time, and the importance of the fall shadow.
- Recognize hazards that can occur and how to avoid them, including slip/fall, crushing, wind, and remnants.
- Understand the importance of and requirements for PPE.
- Understand that there is no place for complacency in the stone industry.
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