Drum handling equipment for safety, efficiency, and productivity

15 November 2021

Drums. These versatile containers can be found across industrial workplaces storing everything from food and water to hazardous waste. And whatever they’re storing, drums are heavy and unwieldy objects. A standard-sized drum with a 210 L capacity will weigh hundreds of kilos when full. Even for the most physically abled workers, manually handling drums is a demanding task with a high risk of injuries, accidents, and spills.

Fortunately, these catastrophes can be avoided with the proper drum handling equipment. These solutions are specifically designed to make moving, positioning, and lifting drums as easy and efficient as possible. For workplaces looking to improve their safety and productivity, drum handling equipment is a must.

In this post, we will be exploring drum handling safety and the equipment solutions that benefit workplaces and their people.


The Benefits of Drum Handling Equipment

These are the benefits a workplace can expect with the right drum handling equipment.

  • Improved safety

Any manual handling of a drum is an accident, injury, or spill waiting to happen. With the right equipment handling drums is much safer – protecting workers, the workspace, and the business.

  • Improved efficiency

With the drum handling solutions workers can complete handling jobs faster and more efficiently. This gives workers more time to get these and other jobs completed.

  • Improved productivity

Safe and efficient workplaces are productive ones. Equipment that helps the job get done without mishaps and delays means your business can produce more.

  • Improved profitability

Drum handling equipment has a significant return on investment. Safety, efficiency, and productivity all work together to make a business more profitable.

Drum Handling Safety

Drum handling equipment is extremely useful. But before handling tasks even begin, there are some simple but highly effective steps workplaces can take to increase safety around drums.

  • Workspace management

The first step is to carry out a safety assessment of the drum handling and storage area. Conditions such as slippery floors, restricted spaces, and bad lighting make handling tasks unsafe. Ensure that the workspace is tidy, clean, accessible, well-lit and that there is enough room.

  • Read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)

A material safety data sheet (MSDS) is a safety document that is provided with your drum and product. This sheet includes information such as safe handling procedures, spill containment strategies, and first aid methods. All relevant workers and emergency personnel should be across this information.

  • Protective clothing

Employees working with drums should have access to suitable health and safety gear. Protection such as hard hats, high-visibility clothing, work boots and gloves are essential for drum handling tasks.

  • Assess the Drum

The final step before handling is to assess the drum. To avoid hazardous materials spilling, check that the drum is properly sealed and that there is no damage.

Drum Handling Equipment

After other safety considerations have been taken care of, it’s important that workers have the right equipment for the job. Here’s a few of the solutions designed for the various tasks involved with handling drums.

These are solutions for moving and decanting drums that minimise back strain and contain spills.

These solutions allow for mess-free decanting of liquids into drums.

These solutions allow for the stacking of drums above bunding for safe and easy dispensing. Forklift openings allow for safe and efficient lifting.

Hydrocarbon dispensing systems that can be loaded with drums and positioned in remote sites or on fixed plant.



For more information about everything drum handling, get in contact with our friendly and expert team who are happy to answer all your questions. We have a wide selection of drum handling equipment and are committed to finding the best solutions for our customers.

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