Glass Safety: How Important Is It When Handling Glass
The most crucial information to understand before handling glass is how to apply glass safety to a worksite. Glass handling can become risky and harmful if these procedures are not taken. Glass is well-known for being challenging to handle because it is heavy, difficult to hold, and easily breakable. Despite being more durable than plastic, the material is rigid and can break from a short drop.
A lot of things affect how safe you are around glass. As a result, you must first keep in mind the significance of health and safety.
If all other safety precautions have been taken, the best approach to prevent harm is with the proper PPE. A hard hat, hi-vis, long sleeves and trousers, safety gloves, safety glasses, safety boots, etc. are frequently included in the PPE needed. You might need to wear additional PPE depending on the job to ensure safety. Wearing the proper PPE is always recommended because it protects against injuries that can easily occur on even routine jobs.
Tools for transportation
Glass can be dangerous to move manually. To transport your glass safely, you may occasionally need to rely on specialised equipment. These useful products may resemble carts, carrying straps, or transport dollies.
With the use of GGR Group’s Self-Locking Dolly, you may effortlessly slide your glazing onto the padded opening of the dolly. Now that your glass has two wheels, you can easily move it safely about the job site. For easy setup and transfer, our carrying straps allow the user to effortlessly wrap them over their glazing.
Your equilibrium and field of vision can frequently be compromised by shifting items, particularly large and heavy ones. By locating and removing/identifying any obstructions, such as any floor debris that would present a trip hazard you can reduce the chance of injury and breakages. Other challenges include tight entrances or doors that are difficult to open. These can be overcome by choosing suitable tools for transporting the glass through these small spaces or finding a safe way to keep the door open.
Employing the appropriate PPE and tools is essential while handling glass. Transportation tools, lifting tools, specialised tools, etc. are all possible tools that can be used to help you handle glass. These products not only guard against glass damage but also protect against bodily harm.
Tools Prevent Injuries
You can reduce the chance of injuries by using glazing tools. Our selection of glass vacuum cups, which provide a solid grip to the typically smooth and flat glass surface, is one of our most used tools. Without the aid of these cups, you would typically find it difficult to raise and carry glazing.
The Woods N4000 Deglazing Tool is another item that improves job safety. This practical device attaches to the glass that needs to be removed and gives the operator leverage for a secure removal. The user can easily support the weight of the glass thanks to the attached 760mm pry bar and 57kg capacity.
Avoiding Damaged Glass During Installation and Transportation
You may avoid the majority of damages that can occur during transit and installation by handling your glass properly. You should always select glass tools that provide you with a firm grip and precise control over the glass. Most breaks can be avoided by using proper holding and handling practices.
To hold your glass safely you first need to know how to pick it up correctly. You should first find a safe and secure grip and level yourself with the load. You should lift the glass with your legs rather than you back. This prevents injury from strain on the spine and shoulders. We go into further detail on the correct position you should lift loads in this recent blog.
Because touching glass can impair your ability to see your surroundings, it's important to be cautious. Any load you carry with you may obstruct your view of what is in front of you and on the ground. For this reason, you should map out your intended route before carrying a load any distance in order to spot any potential obstructions. Take your time when moving your load, and be on the lookout for any emerging obstructions. This may involve heavy machinery, pedestrians, and debris.
GGR Glass has a team of professionals on hand to assist with any guidance you may need of glass safety. With more than 25 years of experience and professional lifting equipment, GGR can help to meet your needs. Click here to get in touch with a team member.