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MMH - Layouts for Storing

What should be remembered when setting up a storage area?

  • Store materials at a convenient height.
  • Leave the lowest shelf unused if necessary.
  • Use vertically mobile shelves to avoid bending and overhead reaching.
Vertically mobile shelves

  • Use bin racks for storing small items.
Bin racks

  • Store heavy and frequently used materials at waist height.
Store materials at waist height

  • Do not store materials at floor level.
Do not store materials at floor level

  • Use hand trucks with elevating devices in storage and loading areas.
Use hand trucks

Winch operated
Winch operated.

Coil handling
Coil handling.

Position work
Position work.

  • Use trucks with a tilting device to avoid bending.
Box tilter
Box tilter.

  • Use elevating platforms to avoid overhead reaching.
Use elevating platforms

Document last updated on September 13, 2002
Document confirmed current on December 20, 2018

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