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When you’re a mover, what are the most difficult items to handle?

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

You work as a mover, and business is steady. With all of your hands-on experience, you understand exactly why: Moving is hard work. Most people have no desire to handle a move on their own, which is why they hire you to do all of the physical labor. 

What are the toughest household items to move?

In the course of your employment, you may be asked to move some very difficult and potentially dangerous items. This is often when accidents and injuries occur. Some of the hardest items to move include: 

  • Big-screen televisions
  • Fish tanks and aquariums
  • Washers and dryers
  • Refrigerators
  • Large pieces of artwork
  • Plants
  • Pianos
  • Beds and couches
  • Dressers
  • Amplifiers and musical equipment

These are the types of things homeowners love to buy, but never want to move. That’s where you come in. You move these items on a daily basis. 

What are your risks as a mover?

As such, you face an elevated risk. Bending to lift an aquarium could lead to a back injury. Slipping on the stairs while trying to move a bed could cause you to fall down the stairs awkwardly and potentially be struck by the very item you were moving. Having a strap break could release a piano or some other heavy item so that it can pin you. 

These risks exist for everyone, every time they move. But they’re especially important for you to consider because you’re basically moving a home every day. A homeowner may only do it once or twice, but your exposure to these hazards is far greater. If you do get injured on the job, that’s when you need to understand exactly what legal options you have