Identify and Eliminate Potential Risks During a Relocation

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Removals Tips | Comments Off on Identify and Eliminate Potential Risks During a Relocation

To most people relocations are costly, tiring and stressful, but rarely they consider them dangerous. As a professional removals company in Melbourne, we do feel the need to warn potential clients that there are certain risks when moving and those need to be identified prior to the big move. We always go the extra mile for our clients and eliminate those as much as we possibly can.

What are the Potential Relocation Risks and Obstacles?

Bodily harm

This is the first and most important risk during a move. Possible bodily harms include – back injuries, twisting of the body, fractures, tripping, etc. It is important to always hire removalists that are covered by insurance policies and will receive an adequate medical treatment in the unlikely event of damage. If you pay individuals who are not insured and they hurt themselves doing work for you, you might be liable to pay them for any bodily harm or injury acquired during the move.

Awkward items and heavy boxes

Some items are either to big, too heavy, slippery or plain awkward and won’t go through tight corners and stairs. Slippery items can pose danger too.

Obstacles on the way

These could include blocked halls and corridors, blocked front door or stairs an elevator that doesn’t work, or a congested road.

Our Removalist’s Solutions

How to Eliminate the Chances of Bodily Harm?

  • Do not involve children, pregnant women, elderly people and those with previous injuries or with a condition that makes them more prone to such.
  • Take regulars breaks and do not engage in heavy-lifting in close succession without
  • Wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Clothing that restricts movement can slow your reaction time, or force you to move items in an unhealthy posture.
  • It’s better to pack more boxes with an equal and bearable weight, than just few boxes that are either too big, too awkward, or too heavy to move.
  • Warm up a little bit and always start with the lighter boxes and literally move on to heavier.
  • Where possible minimise manual labour and substitute it with a mechanical – use furniture dollies instead.
  • A relocation sometimes involves the moving of items that haven’t been moved in years. This can cause piles of dust to come out. Individuals sensitive to dust particles, such as people who suffer asthma should not be in the room.
  • To minimise twists to the body be careful when you are reaching above shoulder level and mid thigh level.

How To Pack Items So They Are Easier To Move?

  • When you pack boxes make sure you don’t fill them to the brim.
  • Secure them with tape, so they don’t open. Warn our removalists about any big items. Not that we are scared of them, we just need to come up with a plan if there are corners too tight, or stairs too narrow.
  • Label boxes correctly. We need to know what contains fragile items and what confidential. Those will be arranged in the truck accordingly.

How To Remove Obstacles on The Way?

  • ​ Clear clutter, throw away or organise rubbish removal services for items that you don’t need. You need to do so to clear hallways, corridors and patios for our removalists to be able to carry on their duty.
  • On the day of the move call at your new address, or check the day before if the elevator (if there is such) works properly. It doesn’t hurt to be informed. Pass this information to the removals team.
  • To avoid congested roads and traffic make sure you you hire a man and a van at a time when traffic will be low.

If you have a house or office move coming up, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 03 8566 7514  and our professional advisers will help you identify the areas that need more attention. We will also send insured removalists who are trained in the fine art of accident-free relocations.

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