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Scrapper Safety: How to Safely Work with Scrap Metal

Scrappers have an interesting and varied job; you never quite know what you will be dealing with from day to day. However, unfortunately, it can be a dangerous job too. Metal can be sharp, heavy and even poisonous in the case of lead, which means that metal scrappers need to be extremely careful when they handle different materials.

In this article, the Hill Metal Recycling team will do our bit to ensure that scrappers, particularly beginners, handle metal safely with our comprehensive guide.

Protective gear

The most basic measure to put in place when it comes to scrap safety is to wear the proper protective gear. The most essential items being gloves, protective eyewear and a helmet.

Out of the three gloves are the most important, since this is where the metal is actually coming into contact with your body, which could lead to cuts and other ailments. Eye protection, on the other hand, guards against any debris kicking up while you’re dealing with the scrap. Finally, your helmet protects you against any falling debris, which isn’t too uncommon in a scrapyard!

What to wear

When scrapping, we would alway recommend that you wear a thick long-sleeve top, and sturdy work trousers. Having yourself fully covered will guard against any nasty cuts, especially on your legs which is often outside your field of vision. If, in the summer, you can’t handle the idea of long sleeves, then you need to make sure you’re extra vigilant while working.

Handling metal

When it comes to actually handling the metal itself, there are a number of risks that you should be aware of. Here are the main three:

  • Strains and sprains that are caused by poor lifting technique, especially when the load in question is particularly large.
  • Fractures and bruises caused by getting struck by materials, particularly from above.
  • Cuts and punctures caused by jagged pieces of metal that are not always easy to see.

In order to avoid strains and sprains, all scrappers should know and be able to perform the proper lifting technique. However, if an object is too heavy or unwieldy, it’s always best to ask for help rather than go it alone.

For fractures, bruises, cuts and punctures, the use of proper protective gear will go a long way to avoiding these sorts of accidents. However, to ensure that these sorts of injuries are properly minimised, it’s vital that all scrappers understand how to properly spot potential hazards and how to avoid or prevent them.

At Hill Metal Recycling, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are the leading recycler of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals throughout Harlow, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. We are affiliated with the DVLA and Environment Agency bodies and are widely qualified and experienced to appropriately handle and dispose of all types of scrap metal. We offer a 24 hour scrap collection service, including cars, for commercial and some domestic needs. To discuss the best prices you can fetch for your scrap metals, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team today!