Safety Tip of the Week – Safety with 55-Gallon Drums

With the average 55-gallon drum weighing between 400-600 lbs., manually transporting, decanting, or otherwise handling drums is not only physically demanding, but a potentially dangerous task for any worker.

Risk Factors:

At least four serious injuries can occur if a 55 Gallon Drum is not handled safely:

  • Fractures;
  • Lacerations;
  • Hernias; and
  • Back strain.

Some of the common safety hazards associated with industrial drum handling include:

  • Heavy drums that can’t be handled manually;
  • The size and shape of industrial drums making the lightest or even empty drums unwieldy to handle manually;
  • Confined spaces in which workers are unable to use forklifts or other material handling equipment;
  • Storage of drums in restricted spaces where worker range of motion is severely restricted;
  • Unsafe floor conditions in which slipperiness, clutter, or uneven surfaces can cause trips or falls;
  • Half-filled drums that have the potential to shift their weight while in transport;
  • Hazardous materials that can leak out of improperly sealed drums; and
  • High volumes of industrial drums, even when done safely, leading to overexertion and musculoskeletal strain associated from manual handling.
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