But before you dive completely into the world of scrapping, be sure you know how to do it safely. Continue reading to review some general safety tips for recycling scrap metal, and be better prepared to protect yourself from harm.
Avoiding Injuries and Accidents
You may not think that recycling scrap metal can be dangerous, but there are many aspects of moving metal that you forget to consider. One of the most important things to do is equip yourself with the proper equipment, especially if you are moving heavy objects or loads. You will likely need a trailer, towing truck, truck bed, or some other source of transportation for your scrap metal. You will likely need proper supplies as well, such as dollies, lifting belts, bungees, back braces, gloves, and more. Think about what you are moving, and then determine which supplies you will most likely need.
The most common injuries from recycling scrap metal are muscle sprains and flesh wounds. Metal can be sharp, so many people slice their fingers and hands open by accident when handling certain objects and commodities. This is one reason why utility gloves are strongly recommended. When moving old or rusty objects, be sure to pay close attention to avoid serious accidents.
Muscle sprains are common as a result from improper lifting and carry of heavy objects. It is important to protect your back, arms, legs, and feet when moving heavy loads. Back braces and lifting belts are great tools for this, as well as, thick construction boots to protect your toes in the case that something is dropped on your foot.
Here are some tips for safer scrapping:
• Always lift with your legs, bending your knees as you lift. Do not lift with your back!
• Use a dolly for heavy objects and boxes
• Never attempt to lift anything that is more than 2x your body weight.
• Always ask a friend for help lifting heavy objects.