Drum Handling Safety: The Intro

If you’re an employee (or business owner) that’s working around barrels and drums, it’s extremely important that you handle and move them safely. I’ll admit one thing – at first, it doesn’t seem like there’s too much to this process. If the barrel or drum is light, you can have a person or two move it manually, right? And if it’s not, you just use a forklift, right? Incorrect. Now this may sound like a movie, but it’s true; if a drum or barrel contains highly toxic or flammable liquid and something goes wrong, you could be seriously injured or killed. And that includes explosions. Make sure that before working around large barrels and drums, you have proper training. There are lengthy manuals and entire courses on this topic. Let this article serve as a a guide to get you thinking.

Note The Hazards

As with any procedure in a warehouse or work site, it’s important to note the possible hazards before, well, even really touching the drum. In this case, we want to watch out for a handful of things. First things first – the contents of the drum. Toxic? Flammable? That will require extra care, and you’ll usually need a health specialist to investigate. Next, you want to know the weight. Some of these drums can weight 2,000 pounds. And always be extra careful of a drum filled with contents that can move around. The weight could shift while you’re moving it and put you in greater danger. Then, beware of your work area. Any wet floors and tight spaces will be an obvious issue (or how about that snow in the picture above?) – but also, don’t forget about sweaty hands, loose clothing, long hair, etc.

Opening a Drum

This task can sometimes be tedious, but necessary, and it always takes careful planning and research. When you’re ready to open a drum, make sure that no unnecessary people are standing near it. Then, make sure you know the proper way to open the drum. Never use anything like a pick or a firearm to open a drum. Then, ask yourself some important questions. Does the drum pressure need to be relieved? Do you have the proper monitoring equipment? Make sure you know what you’re doing when the drum is open, and then how to properly dispose of it or reseal it. Always decontaminate any equipment when you’re done.

Moving a Drum

The truth is, there’s not a universal way to move a drum or barrel. And if it’s an avoidable task, then by all means, avoid it. The first rule, however, should always be that the right people will be moving the drum. After that, it all depends. You could use a drum racker, a drum handler, a forklift with a drum carrier attachment, a drum truck, and more. It all depends on what’s best for a certain drum at a certain time. Always make sure you’re using the proper equipment, or you’re putting yourself at a very high level of danger. There should be no short-cutting when it comes to this process.

As I mentioned before, there’s a lot to learn about the drum and barrel handling/moving process. Always make sure you’re trained properly. If you aren’t, never attempt to figure out this process yourself.  Always make sure you know what you should do in the case of an emergency.

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Major Steps to Consider When Building a Tool Shed

Garden ShedBuilding a tool shed can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be, but it completely depends on how much time and effort you feel like putting into it. The storage space that you can get from a tool shed is invaluable, and if you have the opportunity to build a shed, you absolutely should. But before anything else, follow these major steps to building the best tool shed you can.

Choose the location

Location, location, location! Where you decide to build your shed is a very important part of the process. Depending on what you’re planning on storing in your shed, this could require closer placement to your house for security purposes or further away from your home. Also look at factors such as how large your yard is and whether or not it’s fenced in. Finally, you need to think about what the shed will look like in terms of design and congruency with your home.

Check with officials

Before you start building, you have to check in with city building codes. The sooner you do this, the better! If you live in a development with HOA fees, you also need to check in with officials in your community to see if this is allowed. Many communities like this have strict rules against building additional properties and if you don’t receive permission, you could see some serious repercussions. Don’t assume you can build whatever you want whenever you want, first and foremost, check with officials to see if this is even possible.

Plan electrical needs

A major question that might be asked by officials is in regards to your electrical needs. Do you see the need for any electricity in your tool shed? If you plan on doing anything with electric drills or electric saws, you will definitely need to hire an electrician to review your options.

Create materials list

If you’re going to be doing the handy work to build the tool shed yourself, do you have all of the appropriate tools that are necessary? Have you gone over the pricing for how much it’ll cost to put up siding or roofing? Make a list of everything from framing boards to door locks to estimate the total costs of this project so you can begin budgeting for it now, rather than later!

Define storage layout

When it comes to the interior of the tool shed, this part needs the most detailed, careful preparation. The layout is critical in making sure this tool shed can operate the way you want it to. Plan the way you’ll store your tools and what types of materials you’ll need for organizational purposes. This includes peg boards, rake holders, work benches and even plastic cabinets, all of which can be purchased at your local home improvement store.

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Welcome to the J&L Moving Supplies blog!

Hello and welcome to our brand new blog!

jl_movingsuppliesIn the coming days, weeks and months, we will provide you with tips for moving, including the proper packing supplies and moving equipment. At J&L Moving Supplies, we believe moving doesn’t have to be stressful. We hope these tips can help in your current and future moving endeavors.

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