June 2007

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Handling job-site materials

by Harry Dietz
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Proper material handling is an essential element of a well-run roofing proj­ect. Failing to plan for lifts, using worn or defective slings, and exceeding the capacity of lifting equipment are just a few examples of material handling issues than can result in damaged property or inventory, lost productivity and injury.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction standard Subpart H, 29 CFR 1926.250-252, contains rules for material handling, storage, use and disposal on a job site. It includes a variety of requirements regarding trash chutes, housekeeping, wire rope, chains and synthetic slings.

Take out the trash

Trash disposal from a roof can be handled in various ways, including placing trash in a skid box, on pallets or in other suitable containers and lowering it to the ground with a crane or forklift. However, when trash is dropped more than 20 feet to a point outside a building's exterior walls, OSHA requires the use of a chute, which it defines as a slide that is...

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