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Warehouse Work Health Risks You May Have Not Considered

Warehouses can be one of the most dangerous work environments. Debris from stock, spills, packing material, and countless other sources combine with electrical cords for machinery to present slip and fall hazards. Warehouse crews work alongside, and sometimes in the path of, forklifts zipping back and forth, sometimes while concentrating on the 150 pounds of cargo they have loaded on their collapsible hand truck.

 

There are machines and specialized equipment for stacking, packing, preparing, loading, unloading, transporting, and any number of other tasks being operated. And warehouse workers are often obligated to lift and transport heavy stock. Those machines, and all of the other risks, mean that most warehouses (and all responsible ones) have and enforce very strict rules and procedures to keep their employees safe. However, sometimes the focus on the more well-known safety risks can result in overlooking some of those that are less commonly mentioned, but no less important. Just a few of those are included below.

Getting in and Out of Machinery and Vehicles

With the attention given to avoiding forklifts and other vehicles, avoiding pinch-points and moving parts on machinery, etc., it gets lost that it’s actually very common for injuries to occur when people are on their way in or out of machines and vehicles. Striking the head and other body parts on machines, getting a piece of clothing stuck upon entering or leaving, or slamming fingers and feet in doors are a few of the ways injuries can occur.

One of the most common causes of injuries are falls. These can occur when handholds and footholds on machinery or vehicles are overlooked or not used. Falls can also happen when one attempts to climb up or down on equipment with a tool in their hands, grabs an unsteady handhold, or is otherwise distracted.

Examining Equipment

Particularly because warehouse workers use the same equipment so often, there can be an assumption that the equipment is as sound as it’s always been. When that assumption is inaccurate, the consequences can be dire. Even something like a pallet jack failing during use can result in injury to stock and, far more importantly, workers. Not only should a warehouse invest in top-of-the-line equipment, from a convertible hand truck to a forklift, but all of that equipment should also be regularly inspected. As injuries involving ladders are so common, they should be checked before every use.

Does It Fit?

The importance and effectiveness of personal protective equipment (PPE) is universally understood within every industry featuring risks that necessitate that PPE, including warehouses. And warehouse management are almost always real sticklers about the use of PPE, as they should be. Less on their collective radar much of the time is ensuring that everyone’s PPE fits and is of the best quality. That’s not necessarily the fault of the management, though, as warehouse crew often bring their own PPE, or choose PPE from a collection maintained by the warehouse. Hopefully the warehouse has invested in high-quality PPE, but that certainly can’t be assumed for crew members bringing their own in. And that the crew is wearing appropriately-fitting PPE should also never be assumed. Everyone, whether they’re management or fellow warehouse staff, should keep an eye out for poorly-fitting PPE. PPE that doesn’t fit is often just as bad (or worse) than having none at all.

About Magline

Magliner products have become such trusted and valued features of the material handling industry that many simply refer to any hand trucks as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other brands, there’s only one Magline, and for more than 70 years, they have designed and manufactured the toughest, most reliable material handling solutions. Their transportation and loading equipment additionally includes more specialized tools, including appliance hand trucks, stair climbing carts, and a dependable appliance hand truck line. If your business’s success, efficiency, and growth is a priority, choose sturdy and reliable equipment—choose Magline.

To find out more about Magliner products, visit Magliner.com

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Safe Transport and Delivery of Gas Canisters and Cylinders

The safe transportation and storage of anything can be a risk, a fact that’s doubly true for the transporting of gasses. Along with being risky, safe transportation of gas cylinders and canisters can also be extremely difficult. Weight is virtually always an issue. While gas itself is about the lightest cargo there is, the cylinders and canisters holding those gasses are virtually inevitably heavy. The stakes for accidents or issues during transportation and storage are also considerably higher than during the transportation of other, often less volatile material.

 


For instance, damage to other sorts of freight can suffer breakage that’s relatively minor or doesn’t ruin the entire consignment. For gas cylinders or canisters, however, it’s a near certainty that damage sufficient to pierce the container will result in all of the gas being lost, or worse. Depending on the type of gas being transported, damage could result in more serious or dangerous consequences if the gas released is poisonous, flammable, or harmful in other ways. That is why safe transportation and storage of gas so important.

Moving Gas Cylinders and Canisters by Hand

For starters, insist on using the appropriate equipment for the job. This goes for the transportation of liquids (and pretty much anything else) as well, but due to the elevated risk with gasses and caustic or volatile substances, it’s doubly important. If you’re transporting them up and down stairs on a cylinder-specific hand truck, cylinder dolly, or cart, opt for a stair climbing cart. Anything you use to transport cylinders or canisters should secure them in place to prevent falling. Of course, cylinders should always be hand-moved upright and at an appropriate pace. If they’re to be transported down hills, ensure that the transportation equipment has brakes.

Loading Gas Cylinders and Canisters

When loading cylinders, be sure to have enough members of a team to ensure that they can be moved and mounted on a cart, dolly, or hand truck safely. Never pull them by the valve cap. And while rolling them may seem like a smooth, efficient way to transport something as roll-able as a cylinder, avoid doing so. Rolling, sliding, and dragging cylinders can damage them and put both current and future transport, storage, and stocking crew at greater risk. When loading canisters or cylinders into a truck, never use a chain or wires sling, and never use magnets. If lifting the cylinders by hand or with a cart or dolly isn’t feasible or safe, use a powered hand lift truck to get the job done.

Transporting Gas Cylinders and Canisters in a Truck

When transporting gas in a truck, limit the number of cylinders you transport at any one time and always secure them in transport racks and/or secure them thoroughly with straps. Do whatever’s necessary to keep them from bouncing against each other, falling over, or sliding. Never move cylinders or canisters in or out of the truck without valve caps or other valve protection securely in place—after ensuring that the cylinder valve is securely shut. When the cylinders or canisters are safely secured in the truck, drive safely and vigilantly and all should go well.

About Magline

Magliner products have become such trusted and valued features of the material handling industry that many simply refer to any hand trucks as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other brands, there’s only one Magline, and for more than 70 years, they have designed and manufactured the toughest, most reliable material handling solutions. Their transportation and loading equipment additionally includes more specialized tools, including appliance hand trucks, stair climbing carts, and a dependable appliance hand truck line. If your business’s success, efficiency, and growth is a priority, choose sturdy and reliable equipment—choose Magline.

To find out more about Magliner products, visit Magliner.com

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Warehouse Safety 101

In a perfect world, everyone who worked in a warehouse would have received top-notch safety training that covered all possible risks of injury to themselves and others. And everyone who received that training would remain hyper-vigilant about safety, remember their safety training, use the appropriate level of caution, and the right tools every time. In a perfect world, there’d be no need for reminders about warehouse safety.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Safety training can’t possibly cover every risk, training can be incomplete, oversights in training are made, assumptions about what an employee already knows happens, etc. Even in the most safety-conscious warehouse environments, human error is an ever-present consideration. That’s why reminders like this of warehouse safety considerations can be helpful for both recent hires to a warehouse environment and seasoned employees alike.

Using the Right Equipment

Using the appropriate equipment in the appropriate way probably seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, again, that’s simply not always the case. Opinions about what the right equipment is can vary considerably. It’s not always cut and dry. A good rule of thumb to work by: Use whatever equipment can most safely get the job done. If something seems a bit too heavy, bulky, or awkward to lift by hand, use a hand truck or hand cart. If something is too heavy, bulky, or awkward for the hand truck or hand cart, use a hand lift truck. If that won’t cut it, use a forklift, etc. And if you’re not sure, ask a manager. Be particularly careful getting in and out of machinery as that’s a considerable injury risk. And of course, only use equipment you’ve been trained on, so if an unfamiliar tool is what’s needed for the job, speak up to get a lesson and learn best practices beforehand.

Watching Forklifts and Other Vehicles

If that load proves too heavy for even the heavy duty hand truck, hand lift truck, or pallet jack, and the forklift is necessary, ensure that everyone is extremely careful. Whether you’re driving or in an area where they’re being driven, pretend it’s your first day. Drive and watch like there’s always a person or forklift around that bend. Be liberal with the use of the horn and the warning light if there is one. And minimize unnecessary distractions—it’s a rare warehouse that doesn’t have the one hotshot driver who makes everyone a little bit nervous with the too-fast or distracted driving. Have management talk to that driver and take appropriate precautions to ensure it’s not you. Forklift injuries to stock are bad, to people they’re much, much worse.

Slip and Fall Hazards

Slips and falls are easily the most common type of workplace injury, including in warehouse environments. They’re also some of the most dangerous. One of the easiest ways to prevent slip and fall injuries is to take some basic preventative measures. Snags are a major contributor to slips and falls. Strategies to mitigate snags include wearing the proper clothing—shoes with a good tread and non-slip soles, nothing baggy, and definitely no ties. It’s also important to keep all pathways clear of debris and spills, ensure that work is taking place on level floors, cover all cords with heavy-duty cord covers, and insist on ladder safety. Use ladders of the proper height, double-check that they’re stably set up, and always ensure that the ladder is in working order before you’re on it.

About Magline

Magliner products have become such trusted and valued features of the material handling industry that many simply refer to any hand trucks as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other brands, there’s only one Magline, and for more than 70 years, they have designed and manufactured the toughest, most reliable hand trucks and other material handling solutions. Their transportation and loading equipment additionally includes more specialized tools, including appliance hand trucks, stair climbing carts, and a dependable hand lift truck line. If your business’s success, efficiency, and growth is a priority, choose sturdy and reliable equipment—choose Magline.

To find out more about Magliner products, visit Magliner.com

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How Working in an Office Can Be Hard on Your Back and How to Remedy It

When people think of jobs that are rough on the back, it’s generally hard labor that comes to mind: furniture movers, construction workers, warehouse crew, etc. “Office worker,” however, probably isn’t high on the list of occupations that people consider risks to back health. But working in an office is, perhaps surprisingly, a path that puts individuals at risk for back pain and back injury.

The thing is, there is a feature of those labor-intensive jobs that actually reduces the risk of many kinds of injury: those who do labor are used to it. They’ve built up the strength for that work, they’ve almost certainly had a lot of training in avoiding back injuries, and they have the right equipment for doing labor. When they’re carrying a heavy load up or down staircases, they have access to and know how to use a stair climbing cart or dolly. That lack of familiarity with and equipment for labor is just one of the ways in which office workers can be more at risk of sustaining a back injury when they do need to move heavy or cumbersome items.

Keeping Fit

Sometimes old advice is still around for a reason. That’s definitely the case with admonitions to keep fit in general for back health. It’s becoming increasingly clear that virtually all health, physical health without a doubt, is a whole-body affair. Having an ergonomic office chair helps but won’t help all that much if a lack of core strength (or fitness otherwise) is resulting in perpetually bad posture in the chair. Look into exercises for the back and body that will keep all of you in top form.

Office Labor

Addressing the lack of familiarity and tools that can make office workers vulnerable to labor-based injuries requires some preparation, forethought, and keeping the optimal equipment around. An office environment can involve carrying heavy loads of paper; moving computers, printers, copy machines, and other office equipment; transporting multi-gallon jugs of water for water coolers; installing a microwave in the break room, etc.

Basically, that old advice applies again: Lift with your legs (not your back), plan out any lifting or moving of heavy things, always get help when necessary, and use the most appropriate equipment. Considering the variety of possible cargo, consider keeping a collapsible hand truck in the office that can be used vertically, horizontally, and often at an angle between the two for more versatile transport.

Ergonomics (In and Out of the Office)

Chances are that if you work in an office, you’re familiar with the importance of ergonomics. That includes utilizing a supportive and comfortable chair (and not slouching in it), appropriate keyboard placement, stretching throughout the day, and the like. It’s important to have your feet flat on the ground, the computer monitor at about eye-level, and to be sitting up straight to help avoid any bodily strain while working throughout the day at a desk.

However, just as staying fit is essential for back health, employing ergonomics in your car and home is important if the office-ergonomics are to be most beneficial. Study up on what ergonomic solutions you can implement outside of the office and consider your posture as you go about your day.

About Magline

Magliner products have become such trusted and valued features of the material handling industry that many simply refer to any hand trucks as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other brands, there’s only one Magline, and for more than 70 years, they have designed and manufactured the toughest, most reliable material handling solutions. Their transportation and loading equipment additionally includes more specialized tools, including appliance hand trucks, stair climbing carts, and a dependable hand lift truck line. If your business’s success, efficiency, and growth is a priority, choose sturdy and reliable equipment—choose Magline.

To find out more about Magliner products, visit Magliner.com



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How to Protect Your Back in Heavy-Lifting Occupations

Back injuries and back pain are among the most common, costly, and debilitating issues that people suffer from. They can also be the cause of significant workers’ compensation claims. Obviously, the health and safety of workers is always the top priority. However, considering the financial impact of back injuries as well, practicing back health safety best practices can prove to be a significant cost-saver.
Some jobs, however, are harder than others to perform while maintaining back health best practices. This rings especially true for movers, deliverers, and warehouse workers. In these instances, the work is often the sort that can easily result in back injuries. And in some cases, as the work becomes familiar and repetitive it’s easy for best practices to incidentally fall to the wayside. That’s why in the higher-risk occupations, sharing some tips for back injury avoidance is helpful both as information and a reminder.

Professional Mover

Being a professional mover is among the top professions with an increased risk of back injury. It combines hard physical labor, including consistent lifting of weighty material, with long trips in trucks. To mitigate the risks presented by that combination, keep the basics in mind. Lift with the legs (not your back), use the buddy system, and employ the right tools. If you need to move something up or down stairs, use a stair climbing cart or dolly. It’s also best toutilize mattress carriers when necessary and bring along anything else that will make the move less strenuous on your back. During those long truck rides get out and stretch often, avoid junk food, and get a proper amount of rest so you stay alert when lifting.

Furniture Delivery

Furniture delivery is, of course, not unlike being a professional mover in that it involves the lifting and transportation of cargo and long periods of sitting in a vehicle. The chief difference being that furniture delivery workers tend to only be moving extremely heavy things, which may also require assembly. Many of the tips are the same: Plan lifts out and then lift carefully and use the right tools. Use an appliance hand truck when the situation calls for it, rather than a traditional hand truck. And even if it takes longer, take modular furniture apart if possible. It’s better that it takes a little longer than risking a back injury.

Warehouse Work

Once again, using the right tools is important. Warehouses are generally better equipped with material handling solutions than the average delivery truck. So when a lifting chore calls for the use of a hand lift truck rather than a dolly or hand cart, save your back the strain and use it. It’s also important to make sure that everyone on staff has proper training and best practice knowledge for every tool they’ll be using, from a traditional hand truck to an appliance hand truck and more.

Additionally, be sure to not only use safety gear but the right safety gear, and to avoid overly baggy clothes. Limit unnecessary distractions and stay aware of your surroundings, whether you’re driving the forklift or steering a hand truck. It’s precisely when warehouse staff, forklift drivers, and pedestrian crew drop their guard that bad accidents happen. Additionally, never relax on lockout or tag out habits, inspect any tool you use(ladders in particular), and keep the walkways safe and free of debris. A little safety and precaution to avoid a back injury is always worth it.

About Magline

Magliner products have become such trusted and valued features of the material handling industry that many simply refer to any hand trucks as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other brands, there’s only one Magline, and for more than 70 years, they have designed and manufactured the toughest, most reliable material handling solutions. Their transportation and loading equipment additionally includes more specialized tools, including appliance hand trucks, stair climbing carts, and a dependable hand lift truck line. If your business’s success, efficiency, and growth is a priority, choose sturdy and reliable equipment—choose Magline.

To find out more about Magliner products, visit Magliner.com

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How to Prepare Your Yard, Garden, and Property for Spring

For those of us who love gardening, there’s something particularly enchanting and exhilarating about the holiday season. Christmas cheer and New Year’s jubilation are great, but for the aspiring amateur botanists and landscapers as well as the gardeners among us, it means something at least as exciting: the winter solstice has passed and every day is a little bit longer than the last. And that means that—sooner than you think—you’ll be out there digging, planting, raking, pruning, and performing all of the other errands and exercises for coaxing the edible and ornamental… fruits of your labor.

 


However, those errands and exercises, while often satisfying, and certainly necessary, aren’t easy. And insufficient planning renders those tasks considerably less satisfying, less efficient, and a whole lot less fun. (And yes, there are people out there who find moving barrels full of soil to be used as planters with a convertible hand truck, and fixing bowing square-foot gardening beds to be a blast.)

That being said, it’s important to have the right tools not only for the job at hand, but for the person using the equipment as well. While home owners or consumers would benefit greatly from a convertible or traditional hand truck, for instance, something like an appliance hand truck would be better suited for commercial applications. As such, the following is a brief list of preparatory tasks and tools that can make spring preparation a whole lot easier and more productive for the everyday person among us.

Tools for Spring Preparation

Many or most gardening aficionados likely already have many of these tools. That said, if you do have them, give them a good once-over: Confirm that they are still functional and in good shape, have air in the tires when relevant, and the like. If you have a spreader, stock up onpre-emergent, seeds, fertilizer, pesticides, anti-slug pellets, herbicides, and whatever else you need. Of course, be sure that your traditional outdoor tools for the yard and garden are in good repair, and make sure you have some garbage and leaf bags, plus functional rakes of different varieties.

Consider getting things with blades, such as shovels, trowels, edgers, lawnmowers, etc., sharpened. You’d be amazed what a huge different a good edge brings. As mentioned earlier, having a good hand truck can be hugely helpful in any number of ways. Particularly when the proper hand truck is being used. A lightweight aluminum hand truck or dolly is great for bigger, bulkier, awkward, and heavier items. It can prove particularly useful when said hand truck or dolly is equipped with stair climbers, which can make a world of difference if you have to transport anything heavy or unwieldy up or down the stairs (such as bags of soil or other materials or supplies stored in the cellar).

That said, getting the right hand truck or dolly for the task at hand is only part of the equation, and it’s imperative to do your research to ensure that the brand you buy is known across the industry for creating sturdy, reliable equipment. Magline, for instance, has been in business for over 70 years, during which they’ve specialized in manufacturing and designing trustworthy, durable materials handling tools, from their stair climbing cart to their convertible hand truck, traditional hand trucks, and more.

Lawn and Garden Preparation and Care

Now that you’ve bought all of the amending or preventative pellets you’ll need for your spreader, apply them. But please note it’s best to not apply lawn seed to bare patches in the spring because the pre-emergent will prevent their germination. It’s actually best to seed your lawn in the fall. Or, if the patches are bad enough, purchase sod. Spring is actually one of the most important times for lawn care. Mow often in spring, more than once a week if possible, as letting grass grow too long too early can stunt its growth. You should also aerate the lawn, either by hiring someone to do it for you or by doing so yourself with a pitchfork or similar tool.

It’s also very important to carry out a deep, dethatching rake of the lawn. This clears up all of the matted grass and detritus and really opens the lawn up for the water, nutrients, light, and gasses it needs to thrive. Before the weeds are flourishing in either the lawn or garden is also the time to put down the weed barrier and heavy mulch in the places you’re not planting. Early spring is also the best time to plant flowers like lilies, poppies, gladiolus, and ranunculus.

About Magline

The Magline brand is so trusted and such a perennial feature of every industry that requires materials handling, that many hand trucks are often simply called “Magliners.” For over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, tough materials handling tools. Their loading and transportation solutions also include specialized equipment like their stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and dependable electric hand cart line. If sturdy and reliable material handling tools would contribute to your business’s efficiency, success, and growth—choose Magline.

Learn why Magline is the most trusted name in any industry that relies on materials handling, at Magliner.com

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How Hand Trucks Can Help Commercial Fishermen Prep for a Fishing Trip

While one may imagine prepping for a fishing trip to be simple enough, for commercial fisherman, it’s no small task. And it’s certainly an undertaking that can be made more efficient in a number of ways with a hack that too few anglers utilize: the hand truck. Hand trucks are a versatile tool for a number of fishing-related applications, some that you may have never considered.

 


When it comes to using hand trucks to help you prep for fishing, whether it’s a one-man operation or you own a larger commercial venture, it’s important to have the tools that suit your needs and the needs of your business. For instance, unless you’ll be navigating a fair amount of stairs, employing a stair climbing cart, for instance, probably wouldn’t be the best investment for your needs. But there are different styles and models of hand trucks and carts available that can be immensely useful for your commercial venture, depending on your needs and the task at hand. For instance, commercial fishermen who deal with heavy boat- and trailer-related material, as well as a good amount of fishing supplies should consider something like a powered lift hand truck to help with the heavier lifting.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about boat maintenance. Securing an outboard motor for either flushing or maintenance can be frustrating. Laying it down on a workbench often involves blocking the parts of the motor you need to reach to service. Flushing it can be even more aggravating and difficult, while not flushing it can mean damaging your motor. A surprisingly effective solution can be found in a hand truck. Creating an outboard motor stand from a hand truck involves securing a block of wood to the handles of the hand truck on which the outboard can be secured with some C-clamps.

There’s not enough room to describe the process here, but instructions for this hand truck hack can be found on the internet. It takes surprisingly little work and when not being used as a temporary outboard motor stand, it still functions as a hand truck. That means it can also help you move the motor to and from where you need it—an important step that can’t be overlooked.

A hand truck doesn’t have to be “hacked” to be handy, either. In fact, one of its best uses for commercial fishing trips is less of a hack and more of just a shrewd, rational way to transport the things you’ll need for a fishing trip. Those things include items such as boat parts, including batteries, the earlier-mentioned outboard motors, and anything else heavy and boat-based that needs moving. Hand trucks can also be useful to help haul the necessary commercial fishing supplies as well as coolers full of ice, food, and drinks to and from your destination. And of course, as commercial fishermen, there’s the matter of transporting the pounds upon pounds of fish that will be caught, which can be greatly aided by a reliable hand truck.

About Magline

The Magline brand is so trusted and such a perennial feature of every industry that requires materials handling, that many hand trucks are often simply called “Magliners.” For over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, tough materials handling tools. Their loading and transportation solutions also include specialized equipment like their stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and dependable hand lift truck line. If sturdy and reliable material handling tools would contribute to your business’s efficiency, success, and growth—choose Magline.

Learn why Magline is the most trusted name in any industry that relies on materials handling, at Magliner.com

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The Best Tools and Equipment for Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is one of those activities that no one, or almost no one, looks forward to, but once you’re actually doing it, it’s not so bad. And when it’s finished, a living space is so satisfyingly clean, tidy, and organized. It’s also an undertaking that can be made more efficient, quickly accomplished, easier, and altogether more pleasant with proper preparation.

The best way to accomplish that proper preparation is by establishing lists of everything that needs to be cleaned and everything you’ll need to clean it. Since each living space is unique, what all needs to be cleaned can’t fully be established in this piece, but the equipment necessary to clean most homes thoroughly and move heavy items about—from the best cleaning solutions to a convertible hand truck—can more easily be identified.

Clean with a Variety of Cloths

It can be easy to dismiss the actual physical cleaning medium collectively as “rags” and leave it at that. But diversifying the collection of cloths used for cleaning can improve the process considerably. Along with the traditional terrycloth rag, the cleaning of more delicate technology, antiques and the like benefits from the use of microfiber cloths. It’s also helpful to utilize other materials that help achieve a streak-free shine, which is especially useful when cleaning mirrors and windows. A selection of pads, scrubbers, and sponges of variable abrasiveness is likewise a good idea.

Clean as if You’re Moving

Another good rule of thumb for cleaning preparation is to make like you’re moving. Boxes are convenient for packing up things for storage and are also great places for anything you no longer need and want to sell or donate. The earlier-mentioned hand truck is a huge time saver, as is an appliance hand truck for larger items. To move or store larger furniture or appliances, find moving blankets to protect the items and the surfaces in the home, along with surface-protection pads.

Clean Like You’re at a Science Fair

For those who are concerned with environmentally friendly cleaners, vinegar and baking soda are good for more than making food-coloring-aided volcanoes for elementary school science fairs. Vinegar is a gentle acid that’s great for stain-removal without damaging whatever’s being cleaned. Baking soda is likewise an effective cleaning agent with enough abrasiveness to aid in scrubbing. It’s great for cleaning sinks and bathtubs.

Clean with the Powders and Solutions

This isn’t a comprehensive list, but among the cleaning solutions you’ll need for spring cleaning include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:

· Window cleaner

· All-purpose cleaner

· Bleach-based cleaner

· Bathroom cleaner

· Stainless steel cleaner for appliances

· Wood polish

· Silver/gold/jewelry polish

· Toilet bowl cleaner

· A grease-cutting cleanser

· Mop solution

Good luck and good cleaning!

About Magline

The Magline brand is so trusted and such a perennial feature of every industry that requires materials handling, that many hand trucks are often simply called “Magliners.” For over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, tough materials handling tools. Their loading and transportation solutions also include specialized equipment like their stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and dependable collapsible hand truck line. If sturdy and reliable material handling tools would contribute to your business’s efficiency, success, and growth—choose Magline.

Learn why Magline is the most trusted name in any industry that relies on materials handling, at Magliner.com

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Businesses That Could Benefit From a Hand Truck (But May Not Know It)

There are any number of industries that seem like natural fits for the use of hand trucks. Construction, any kind of warehouse work, delivery, professional movers, etc. However, there are countless occupations and businesses that could greatly benefit from the use of a hand truck, but, for whatever reason, don’t take advantage of them. It’s an unfortunate oversight, as hand trucks are an incredibly versatile tool. The following are a few businesses and industries that could greatly benefit from having a dependable hand truck to aid day-to-day operations.



Printing, Copying, Stationery, Publishing

The uses for a hand truck for the employees and proprietors of businesses that specialize in printing, copying, stationery, and publishing are likely pretty straightforward.Mass quantities of paperare heavy, and every one of the specialties listed above use considerable amounts of it. Boxes of paper are exactly the sort of stackable cargo that hand trucks ably transport. Larger publishing firms, along with a considerable quantity of paper products, are often also required to move ink, parts of large printers and the associated apparatuses, finished books and magazines, and everything else a printing company produces.

Automotive Repair, Mechanics, Sales

Automotive repair, upgrading, restoration, and sales are not without dedicated and specialized tools for their vocation. Because of that, participants in the industry may overlook the convenience and support that a heavy duty hand truck can lend to their work. While hand trucks certainly aren’t suited for lifting entire vehicles, they’re perfect for moving car batteries and whatever other auto parts are too big to carry comfortably but don’t require powered lifts, jacks, carts, or dollies.

Office Manager, Office Employees

Office environments are perfect for the use of hand trucks. The fact that offices don’t seem like places where a hand truck would come in handy is actually one of the reasons they can be such a boon. Office workers are generally less likely to be used to heavy lifting, which can significantly increase the possibility that they incur injuries while attempting to lift and move heavy items. Obviously, the health of office workers is the most important consideration, but injuries can also mean a considerable cost in workers’ comp and lost productivity. And offices typically have their fair share of paper, printers, copy machines, required supplies, etc. to move. For heavier items, like an office refrigerator, workers can use an appliance hand truck for safer moving.

Bar, Brewery, and the Service Industry

Anyone who’s worked in a brewery or bar is likely extremely familiar with why having a hand truck to move kegs is an incredibly helpful labor (and back) saver. There are even hand trucks with curved frames that, when paired with keg hooks, can aid the safe and secure moving of kegs. Reliable hand trucks beat the heck out attempting to roll a keg, or rallying several employees to synchronize their lugging of it to where it needs to be.

Breweries are also often compelled to move large quantities of hops, grains, sugar, yeast, bottles (full and empty), brewery equipment, etc. However, hand trucks are also helpful for the service industry at large, as they can be deployed to help move large quantities of flatware or other serving and kitchen equipment, bulk meat and vegetables (frozen and fresh), boxes of bottles for the bar, and anything else necessary to keep an eatery in business.

About Magline

The Magline brand is so trusted and such a perennial feature of every industry that requires materials handling, that many hand trucks are often simply called “Magliners.” For over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, tough materials handling tools. Their loading and transportation solutions also include specialized equipment like their stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and dependable electric hand cart line. If sturdy and reliable material handling tools would contribute to your business’s efficiency, success, and growth—choose Magline.

Learn why Magline is the most trusted name in any industry that relies on materials handling, at Magliner.com

 

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Tips for the Safe Transportation and Handling of Valuable Antiques

There is a certain portion of the population for whom antiques are really important. They’re truly a unique subset of possessions. The phrase “valuable antiques” in the title doesn’t simply refer to the fact that antiques can be among the most financially valuable items people own. They’re also often valuable because of their character or other factors such as how they were made, what they were created with, and, of course, their age.


The backstory, condition, emotional attachment, patina, quirks, etc. of every antique can lend to its personal value. Sometimes they are literally unique, representing an item that is actually one of a kind. But beyond their financial and emotional value, and possible importance as a family heirloom, antiques serve as pieces of history. An antique we can look at or hold is truly a piece of history and should be protected as such. Which is why it’s so important that when the time comes to move them, that moving is done safely and with the proper tools.

Preparing Antiques for Moving, Packing the Small Ones

There are a number of steps one should take before any antiques are moved. Before packing or transport is even considered, valuable antiques should be carefully recorded and inventoried. Take pictures of the antiques from various angles and consider getting them appraised and insured if particularly valuable.

Once an inventory has been thoughtfully recorded and the photographing, appraising, and necessary insuring has been done, carefully pack the items up. If they’re small antiques being packed into a box, space is the enemy. Fill every possible crevice, including inside cups, mugs, vases and the like, with padding. And be sure to have the right tools for transporting these items. If you are moving your antiques up or down stairs, for instance, you’d be wise to buy or rent a stair climbing cart to help ensure a safe and successful move. A traditional hand truck can also be helpful as you move items to and from their locations.

Moving Antiques Inside, Packing the Big Ones

For the moving of larger antiques indoors, once again, protecting them with padding and having the right tools for the job is extremely important. If you can disassemble antique furniture before moving it (removing legs from tables, for instance) and it won’t damage or impact the value of the item, do so. For larger furniture, before you move them with the appropriate hand truck or dolly, wrap them in blankets or bubble wrap or anything else that will help protect them from bumps and scrapes. Especially when moving larger items, it’s never a bad idea to have someone help you to ensure safe, accident-free transportation.

For moving art, mirrors, or anything of a similar shape, find boxes that are close to the item’s size. If a moving supply store has nothing in the size you need, custom order the boxes on the internet or have a crate specially made. As is the case with smaller antiques, space is still the enemy, so pack items as tightly as possible while including a safe amount of padding. It’s often good to use a convertible hand truck for moving antiques of varying size, as being able to change the configuration of the hand truck from vertical to horizontal, and often diagonal, can be extremely helpful. And whenever packing in a moving vehicle, remember the phrase “last in, first out” for your antiques and immediately check them against your photos for post-moving damage.

About Magline

The Magline brand is so trusted and such a perennial feature of every industry that requires materials handling, that many hand trucks are often simply called “Magliners.” For over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, tough materials handling tools. Their loading and transportation solutions also include specialized equipment like their stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and dependable collapsible hand truck line. If sturdy and reliable material handling tools would contribute to your business’s efficiency, success, and growth—choose Magline.

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Equipment and Expenditures That Craft Brewers May Not Have Considered

The recent explosive growth of the craft brewing industry is an excellent development for American industry (and the industry of every other marketplace in which it’s a phenomenon). That’s the case for a number of reasons: they’re a terrific boost to economies, both local and national; they’re a dependable job-producer; and, perhaps most importantly, they introduce a wealth of craft beers into distribution.

By the time someone is starting a craft brewery, chances are that they’re exceedingly familiar with the equipment necessary for brewing beer. As such, this isn’t an exhaustive list of the kettles, kegs, conveyors, cooling equipment, and canning and bottle lines required to brew. This is a brief overview of the sort of equipment and operational costs that brewers may not have considered that, if not necessary, will at the very least come in handy.

The Flooring

A number of amateur craft brewing enthusiasts are aware that carpeting or a fine hardwood floor isn’t going to do the trick for a brewery, and as such surmise that a plain concrete floor should be just fine. Unfortunately, that won’t do the trick. The floor of a brewery is going to see a lot of traffic. Foot traffic, heavy equipment being installed, hefty bags of ingredients being moved with a dolly or convertible hand truck, full kegs being transported back and forth, etc. After a while, that sort of traffic leads to damage. And that damage can lead to concrete dust being kicked up. And that leads to contaminants and possible damage to equipment.

Obviously, contaminants are to be avoided at all costs in an environment, like a brewery, in which sterility is so important. Concrete is also porous, considerably more porous than it seems. And if there’s one certainty in a brewery, it’s that fluids are going to be spilled. As such, the flooring needs to be easily cleanable, slip-resistant, and sloping to a drain. That means either choosing a material specifically to meet those requirements or investing in a special epoxy to cover a concrete floor. That can prove pricey.

Moving Equipment

Again, craft brewers are no doubt aware that they’ll need a material-moving infrastructure in place. That role is often filled by forklifts—but they’re not always the best tool for the job. Inevitably, even for the largest brewing operation, more modest moving is going to be necessary. And for moving a few sacks of grain or a single keg, a forklift can be overkill, even when the load is too much for someone to (safely) carry. Enter the hand truck.

For sacks of grain, rye, malt, and the like, the best resource is a collapsible hand truck (also known as a convertible hand truck). These are hand trucks that can be repositioned to carry loads horizontally, and often, at a diagonal angle. Conveniently, there are also hand trucks that are being specifically designed for transporting kegs. The ideal hand trucks for transporting beer are curved to accommodate the shape of a keg and to keep it from rolling off of the hand cart. Most are also equipped with a keg hook to keep the keg from shifting on the hand truck. Curved back hand trucks, platform hand trucks, and more can be used to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of beer. As is the case with anything else, the right tools will make any job a whole lot easier.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal byword for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment, including a stellar appliance hand truck line. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

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Occupations That Can Really Benefit From a Hand Truck

There are a lot of industries and occupations for which the use of a hand truck is a no-brainer: construction worker, warehouse worker, etc. However, there are other industries and occupations that take advantage of hand trucks far too infrequently. Hand trucks are often overlooked as a helpful addition to innumerable tool kits in which they would do some good.


It’s an unfortunate oversight as a hand truck is like a scaled-down, hand-operated, affordable forklift. As such, the following is a brief list of occupations that may not immediately come to mind as ones that would benefit from the use of a hand truck, but definitely would. For anyone considering purchasing a hand truck, their specific use should be kept in mind. For instance, an occupation requiring the moving of heavy loads up and down stairs would benefit from a stair climbing cart.

Landscaper

People generally tend to associate materials handling for landscaping, gardening, or other outdoor work with wheelbarrows. And there’s certainly no question that wheelbarrows have been a terrific labor-saving tool for centuries and remain one to this day. They’re particularly handy for the moving of loose material such as stones, sand, dirt, sod, etc. However, for moving bags of stones, sand, dirt, fertilizer, mulch, compost, cement; paving stones; lumber and wooden features, etc., a hand truck is the way to go. Plus, due to their slimmer profile, they are also typically considerably more maneuverable than wheelbarrows.

Office Manager

It’s not just labor and material handling occupations for which hand trucks can prove exceedingly helpful. In fact, office workers and office managers can often benefit more from labor-saving devices like hand trucks than those used to heavier lifting. And while obviously the health and welfare of employees always come first, avoiding injury to office workers can save any business quite a bit of money. Hand trucks can be used for moving boxes of files, office equipment, small appliances for the office kitchen, and anything else bulky, awkward, and heavy in an office that requires moving. However, if the office work requires the moving of heavier appliances or furniture, opt for an appliance hand truck. They provide better control of bigger loads.

Homeowner

Just as it’s not only labor-based businesses that can benefit from a hand truck, it’s not just businesses that could benefit either. A quality hand truck can be just as effective and helpful around the household. In fact, a sturdy hand truck is invaluable throughout the entirety of a house owning (or property renting) cycle. They’re great for moving in, terrific for errands around the house and property, and useful when moving out. They’re also helpful for household and property maintenance tasks regardless of the season. In the warmer months, they can be used for the landscaping tasks mentioned earlier, and the moving of boxes, furniture, and appliances regardless of the season. In the winter, they can be used to move firewood, bags of ice-melting salt, moving patio furniture into winter storage, etc. Basically, at home or at work, a hand truck is an exceedingly convenient and helpful tool.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal byword for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment, including a stellar hand lift truck line. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

Find out why Magline has become one of the most trusted names in the materials handling industry, at Magliner.com

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The Equipment You Should Have for Natural Disaster Preparedness

According to the evidence, natural disasters are not only becoming more frequent, but their severity and intensity are also increasing. There are steps being taken globally to mitigate both the causes and effects of these disasters, but for the near future, at least, this is the new normal. That can be an uncomfortable reality, particularly for people who live in fire risk zones, in floodplains, on the shore, on or near a fault line, etc. Even if you can’t personally prevent a natural disaster from happening, though, you can prepare yourself for them.


There are a number of excellent resources that provide more comprehensive lists of the things you’ll need or should have on hand in the event of a disaster (food, water, medication, maps, important documents, first aid kit, cash or traveler’s checks, etc.). This piece has a more tool-specific focus, an area that many of those lists seem to have a touch light on. That’s an unfortunate oversight since a high-quality axe and heavy duty hand truck can prove absolutely invaluable in the aftermath of a disaster. If possible, keep these things in either one place, or in places where they can be retrieved quickly and easily.

Light, Fire, and Communication

Anyone who’s been the victim of a major natural disaster can attest to the fact that it becomes very clear very quickly how many necessities and luxuries we take for granted. That includes basics like light, warmth for us and food preparation, and a means of communicating with and or hearing from the outside world. To ensure that you have the means to produce light, keep your preparedness gear stash stocked with several flashlights and a liberal collection of spare batteries. At least one of those light-producing apparatuses should be a solar-powered and/or hand-crank LED lantern.

A more archaic but nevertheless extremely important source of light, and life-giving heat, is fire. To be safe, have waterproof matches in a waterproof container; a magnesium and flint rod emergency fire-starter; and a baggie of cotton balls soaked in melted petroleum jelly for a long-burning kindling. (Having at least one fire extinguisher handy is helpful as well.)

For communication, keep your cell phone close and have several chargers and a backup battery with your preparedness gear. To stay updated, keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio/NOAA Weather Radio with a tone alert on hand. Add in the ultimate standard for low-fi communication: a good whistle.

Heavy Duty Tools

As mentioned earlier, hand trucks can be an invaluable resource in the event of a natural disaster. They’re great for transporting boxes of belongings, gear, luggage, firewood, sandbags, large containers of water, and anything else you may have to move. Plus, a sturdy hand truck made with high-quality materials is an investment that will prove useful to carry out tasks like these in your day-to-day, on the job, or when there’s seasonal work to be done around the home.

One should also keep a healthy supply of face masks available, as the air quality may range from bad to dangerous in the case of a natural disaster. And, as mentioned earlier, have either a hatchet, axe, or both with your gear. They’re a necessity for both chopping up firewood and kindling, but conceivably for hacking through obstructions.

And it’s always a good idea to have a sturdy, high-quality knife available. Many preparation specialists suggest a diving knife—they’re virtually always sharp, sturdy, largely immune to the elements, utilitarian, and can be handily strapped to an arm or ankle. As for the classic preparedness tools, don’t get caught without a manual can opener, a folding shovel and pick, a wrench and pliers, a compass, and the godfather of in-a-pinch DIY: duct tape. Hopefully, you will never have to use any of it, but, as always, it’s better to have it and not need it than the other way around.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal byword for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

Find out why Magline has become one of the most trusted names in the materials handling industry, at Magliner.com

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How to Manage the Safe Transportation of Kegs

It’s hard to think of a modern technological advance more important or beneficial to humanity than the keg. At least, a technological advance related to the storage and transportation of drinks. Unfortunately, their importance as a delicious beverage keeping and serving solution does not make kegs any easier to move.


So the following describes some best practices for the safe and successful moving of kegs. Those best practices include not only the safety of those involved, although that is obviously the priority, but also the safety of the keg and its contents. As is always the case, if you’re unfamiliar with the equipment mentioned here, be sure that you familiarize yourself with it before use.

Moving the Keg Safely

Whether you’re moving a keg from one part of a building to another, into and out of a delivery vehicle, or to and from buildings, the physical transportation of the keg is the trickiest and most dangerous part of the process. Having the right equipment is crucial. And the most important piece of equipment is the hand truck. Hand trucks are now manufactured for a variety of specific purposes. There’s the stair climbing cart, the appliance dolly, heavy duty hand trucks, and, luckily for beer distributors, hand trucks are being designed specifically for kegs.

The ideal hand trucks for transporting beer are identifiable by their slight concave curve, which keeps the keg from rolling off of the cart. Most are also equipped with a “keg hook,” which can be hooked to the lip of the keg to keep it secure on the hand truck. Curved back hand trucks, platform hand trucks, and more can be used in the production and transportation of beer.

Do not lift a full keg yourself. Always use a hand truck to move them. Some sources will suggest that if you’re going to move a keg without a hand truck, to get help from a friend. That is not a good idea either. If one of the keg movers loses their grip for whatever reason, the other person is then suddenly left with nearly 200 pounds of awkward keg weight. And that can lead to badly injured backs, shoulders, joints, and broken toes.

Keep It Settled

One of the priorities of keg moving is to jostle and agitate the precious fluid within as little as possible. It likely goes without saying, but don’t drop kegs and try to keep them from rolling off of the hand truck. If you don’t have access to a keg-specific hand truck, a good collapsible hand truck can usually be set up to transport loads horizontally or diagonally. If any of those configurations makes the moving of kegs easier, take advantage of them.

While it can seem like a much more convenient method of transportation from one room to another, or one part of a room to another, never roll a full keg. Dropping and rolling kegs can not only damage the keg itself, but it can also lead to any carbonated beverage within going flat more quickly. Likewise, when transporting a keg in a vehicle, attempt to make the journey as bump-free as possible. It’s also a good idea to keep the keg out of the heat, direct sunlight, and un-air conditioned vehicles as often as possible. That too can have an adverse effect on the drink within.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal by word for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment, including a stellar hand lift truck line. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

Find out why Magline has become one of the most trusted names in the materials handling industry, at Magliner.com

 

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The Best Tools and Tips for Mid-Winter Home and Property Maintenance

The last thing most people want to do during winter is leave the comfort of their cozy home and do maintenance errands. But, to ensure that a safe, warm, cozy home remains that way, some upkeep is necessary. That winter maintenance, however, can be rendered much more manageable when you’re armed with the appropriate tips and tools. From a broadly-helpful tool like a snow shovel (either as a backup for a non-functioning snow blower, or the front line of snow removal), to specific tools like a stair climbing cart that can make navigating icy staircases with heavy loads considerably safer, make like a scout and be prepared. 


Roof Maintenance and Gutter Cleaning

Falls are far and away the most common cause of nonfatal injuries for Americans both at home and at work. And falls are second only to car accidents as the leading cause of fatal injuries. In short, climbing up ladders and around on roofs is a dangerous undertaking. That’s doubly true in the winter when those things are that much more likely to be slick with water, snow, or ice. Still, responsible winter home and property maintenance require checking the roof and keeping the gutters clear.

While climbing a ladder to check the roof may be inevitable, limiting time on the ladder means mitigating the risk of injury. That’s what makes an investment in a collapsible, telescoping rod such a great idea. One of the handiest attachments for a telescoping rod is a gutter-cleaning tool. As handy for snowy regions is a snow-rake attachment. They’re great for pulling snow off the roof before it can do roof damage or contribute to the formation of ice dams—all without having to brave the ladder or icy roof itself. They can also be used to knock down dangerous icicles from a distance.

A Sturdy Hand Truck

There’s no overstating how helpful a good hand truck can be. Whether you’re using it to move firewood, to haul around bags of de-icing salt, or in the transport of furniture or other bulky loads for winter storage, a sturdy hand truck can save both time and your back.

They can also make winter property upkeep significantly safer. As mentioned, icy stairs are responsible for a number of injuries every year. The process of moving loads down icy or snow-slicked staircases is, like winter ladder use, more dangerous still. Employing a stair climbing hand truck can reduce that danger significantly.

Hand trucks are also handy for moving patio furniture or any other bulky, heavy, or awkward loads into winter storage. Sometimes it’s necessary to move loads far heavier, more awkward, and bulkier than the average piece of patio furniture. When that’s the case, leveraging specialty equipment like an appliance hand truck can do for the process what a stair climbing hand truck does for moving loads up and down stairs.

Otherwise, be sure that outdoor light bulbs are replaced, driveways and paths are maintained and kept ice-free, stairs are repaired as needed and handrails are securely fastened. Following these tips and using these tools will make the probability that you’ll enjoy a healthy, happy, and safe winter increase considerably.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal byword for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment, including a stellar hand lift truck line. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

Find out why Magline has become one of the most trusted names in the materials handling industry, at Magliner.com

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How to Move Fragile, Rare, and Precious Materials Without Damaging Them

There is a lot of information out there regarding how to safely pack, store, ship, and move fragile items. However, the huge majority of it applies to packing up small, fragile things—plates, glasses, picture frames, etc. It’s an unfortunate oversight as some of the most fragile, precious, and valuable items are not very small.

 


While safe transport of smaller, fragile items is obviously important, moving large, valuable items presents a unique set of challenges. Movers have to deal with all of the hassle of getting something big and heavy up or down stairs, through narrow halls and doorways, over uneven terrain, and in and out of vehicles. As well the moving of large, valuable items has to be accomplished with extra caution as to not damage the item being moved, those moving it, or the places its being moved from or to. Thankfully, there are ways to do so that greatly increase the chances of a successful valuable item moving experience.

Safely Packing and Moving Smaller Items

The key to successful and shatter-free moving of anything small and fragile relies on two key principles. The first is being sure that every fragile item is individually wrapped in something soft or insulating. The second is that empty space in a box is the enemy. Smaller fragile valuables should have no room to move around in their boxes. So when wrapping plates for a move, for instance, kill two birds with one stone by wrapping the dishes in T-shirts or hand towels and filling any space in the box with towels or other clothing.

The same applies to glasses, but fill the interior with crumpled packing paper, a sock, whatever works. If wrapping everything in clothes, towels, sheets, etc. isn’t an option, packing paper and bubble wrap will also work well. If you’re moving the boxes of fragile items on your own, get the right tools. Particularly if the boxes are heavy, invest in a convertible hand truck that allows you to roll the boxes where they need to go vertically, horizontally, or, in some models, inclined. If you’ve hired movers, clearly mark the boxes “fragile” and point them out to the movers.

Safely Protecting and Moving Bigger Items

This applies to moving small boxes of fragile items as well as large, valuable loads: Always have a plan. Walk the route before you move to identify and remove (or remember) any tripping hazards. Measure doorways to be sure the item will fit through, and consider removing molding if the clearance is really tight and you don’t want to risk it.

You’ll also want to procure the appropriate equipment. If it’s furniture or an appliance or something of comparable size, get an appliance hand truck with straps to be sure it doesn’t shift around during the move. Consider a support brace belt if back issues are a concern, or if you’re taking measure to be sure they don’t become one.

Before moving the item, wrap it entirely in blankets, plastic wrap, or both. Be sure the entirety of whatever you’re moving is covered by something that protects both it and the dwelling you’re moving it to and from. Rather than carrying it across a hard, even surface such as hardwood floors, get a blanket or utilize furniture sliders and slide it rather than drag or carry and risk dropping it. It comes down to the fact that planning, preparation, and the appropriate tools can save you a lot of time, hassle, money, and even injury.

About Magline

The brand “Magliner” is such a trusted name in the materials handling industry that for many it has become synonymous with hand trucks, hand carts, dollies, and other roduct-moving solutions. For over 70 years, Magline has been producing the sturdiest, toughest, most reliable loading and transport equipment, including their collapsible hand truck line. If a safe, durable suite of materials moving tools would contribute to the continued success and growth of your business, choose Magline.

Learn more about everything Magline has to offer at Magliner.com

 

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