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Safety Advice for People for People Who Scrap Metal

Scrap Metal
6/9/2016

There’s hardly anything to worry about when considering being a metal scrapper. It can be an adventure that’s fun, exciting, and can make you some serious money. Unfortunately, without proper precautions and a dedication to safety, many individuals over the years have been seriously injured during the scrapping process. Make sure you’re fully aware of what’s going on around you. Be certain metal pieces are not too sharp and you’re standing on even ground. You should always wear gloves, long pants, and steel toe boots.

Beyond having an accident and injuring yourself, you can also develop debilitating back pain. The leading cause of disability cases in the US is due to chronic back pain. Everyone knows that there is a lot of heavy lifting that comes with scrap metal recycling and a lot of awkward lifting, as well. There are many things you can do to prevent chronic back injury brought on by heavy lifting.

  • Lift and bend with your knees – not your back
  • If you think something may be too heavy, do not try and lift it – find a partner to help you lift
  • Use tools available to you whenever possible i.e. a dolly, hoist, or wagon
  • Wear a back support brace

To make sure yourself and others are safe while you’re hauling scrap from one place to another, make sure you mark anything that is sticking out of the back of your pickup or trailer with a red flag. Also, be sure you have the equipment necessary to secure your scrap. You will need tarps, cargo nets, ratchet straps, and bungee cords.

At Iron Mike, our experience and integrity has made us the most trusted scrap metal buyer in Detroit. We offer the best price possible for your scrap metal – guaranteed. If you have been looking for a consistent and reliable buyer for your scrap metal, contact Iron Mike today.

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