Instructions for Safe Use of Beer Barrels by Beer Factory Attendants

I have seen this happen a million times; Without hesitation, a person lifted a small bucket with one hand, acting as if it was no big deal, while veins emerged from their neck. This reminds me of the children I attended elementary school with, who would tie a 20 pound backpack to a tied shoulder because the weather was cooler and they didn't realize that they might face back pain as adults. Yes, unfortunately, I am one of the children. This may be the reason why I became so passionate about ergonomics and intelligent weightlifting as an adult.



A small barrel that is half full weighs 165 pounds, and a full six barrel weighs approximately 58 pounds. Lifting heavy objects always carries some risk of injury, but some factors that exacerbate this risk include lifting from a lower starting point than the joint height, and a person gently lifting a small bucket away from the body. Lifting a heavy bucket without assistance may be safe once, and may cause back problems once.



Here are some simple tips to help reduce the risk of injury when handling small buckets. They work best together.


Tip 1: Using a portable handcart


The first suggestion is to use a handcart even when transporting small barrels over short distances. Putting these tools into use to prevent injury is a wise choice. Some portable carts can be folded up and easily stored in the car for use when needed. It is necessary to have a handcart that can always be used near the cooler in a bar or restaurant.



Tip 2: Try using a companion elevator


When setting up the cooler, try to avoid setting it up in a way that requires one person to lift the small bucket over the chest, which reminds me of my second suggestion: partner lifting. Friend promotion is simply marking a friend to help you improve a bucket. Many of us do not like to seek help because we want to ensure that everyone knows that we have received help. The problem is that people feel embarrassed when seeking help, which is much shorter than their years of chronic back pain. Having someone grab another bucket handle to share the weight can significantly reduce the risk of injury.



Having a partner to help lift the bucket, using a handcart, and having an ergonomically designed cooler can all reduce the risk of back injury, but for anyone working around the bucket, training in the correct skills should always be a part of the onboarding course. People who use a handcart or lift with partners should first have knowledge of ergonomics and appropriate lifting techniques. The Brewers Association (BA) has provided some resources to help adopt safer enhancement techniques.



Tip 3: Stop and consider Keg connection


Another safety consideration when handling small barrels is the engagement and separation of couplers. If the small bucket valve to be connected to the coupler is damaged or loose, please isolate the small bucket from other small buckets and mark it as "Defective Small Bucket with Valve". It is important to provide as much specific information as possible about the issue for safe handling downstream. Most importantly, do not attempt to repair the small bucket. Because a barrel of beer is a pressurized container, any mechanical issues should be handled very carefully. Notify the brewery or wholesaler that there is a mechanical problem with the small bucket and it cannot be opened for removal and replacement.



Tip 4: Keg tapping program training


Providing training on how to knock small barrels is crucial for future bucket hammers. Similarly, many people do not want to admit that they have never knocked on a barrel before, so it cannot be assumed that the new union seeks help. Firstly, educating trainees on different types of couplers and the buckets they use to tap can be very useful. Some small barrels with screw-in valves lack a fail safe pressure relief function, and if not handled properly, they may pop up. The second part I want to emphasize to anyone who strikes a small bucket is that it does not require a lot of force. In fact, it only takes a little time. When using the "D" connector, slide the connector into the valve, locate the locking neck, then gently rotate the connector clockwise by about 25 degrees, and then push the rod downward to engage the gas. Excessive force when tapping on the small bucket not only damages the connector and bucket, but also brings unnecessary pressure to those who must unlock the bucket in the future. View BA's playlist on bucket maintenance, safety, and quality for more guidance.



Due to so many people making handling small buckets a part of their daily job responsibilities, training on maintaining safe workplace small bucket handling cannot be ignored. Failure to provide proper training in ergonomics and bucket handling can lead to injury, time loss, and decreased morale. Actively committed to a safe work environment is a challenging task, but protecting each other's safety is an important task.

Post time: 2023-09-04 13:57:49
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