Restaurateurs: Protect Yourself from Lawsuits with Safe Industrial Supplies

Hi, my name is Kat. I have worked in the front and back house of many restaurants, and I have also seen the game from the perspective of an owner. Although many people like to embrace complicated safety procedures, I believe you can accomplish just as much with smaller supplies and procedures. If you are ready to strip down your safety procedures and figure out easier, more effective ways to keep your staff safe, please explore this blog. It discusses everything from finding the perfect non-slip mats to buying the best oven mats or hot towels. It also looks at specific supplies you can get to reduce your liability in certain areas. Thanks for reading!

Three Pitfalls To Avoid When You're Strapping A Large Appliance Onto A Dolly


Whether you need to transport a stove, fridge, dishwasher, or some other large appliance, a large and durable metal dolly is essential. While a dolly may seem like something that's relatively easy to use, the high mass of large appliances means you can't afford to make any major slip-ups. While you're strapping a large appliance onto a dolly, make sure that you avoid these three pitfalls.

Not Properly Securing Loose Appliance Electrical Cords 

Some appliances come with several large, unwieldy, but nonetheless essential electrical cords. If you can't manually detach these cords and throw them in another bag because they're fused with the appliance, you'll have to find a way to accommodate them while you're utilizing your dolly.

If the cords are so long that you can't fit them comfortably under the dolly strap, use a few pieces of duct tape to attach the ends of the cords to the appliance. If the cords are relatively short and you don't want to use duct tape, try to fold them under the strap in such away that no part of the strap has to cover two cord sections at once.

Pushing The Dolly Too Far To One Side Of The Appliance

The heavier the appliance is, the greater the importance you need to place on symmetry. If you push the base of the dolly under the appliance in any area other than the center of one of the appliance's sides, it'll be much more difficult to transport the appliance to a moving truck in a smooth manner.

If you have to, take out a tape measure and mark the center of one of the appliance's sides with a marker. To completely minimize the chance of missing the exact center of the appliance, measure the length of the dolly's metal base and mark on the appliance where each end of it should go.

Pulling The Strap So Tight That It's Liable To Break Things On The Appliance

Not all large appliances are designed in the same way. While some have few fragile external components and can be tied to an extremely tight dolly strap without issues, other appliances, like refrigerators with external ice machines and large control panels, can only take so much strap pressure before suffering significant damage.

Before you even bring your dolly into your home, consider all the external features on the appliance you want to move and determine whether it's wise to make the dolly strap as tight as you can. If there are significant things on the appliance that need protection, enlist the help of one or two extra people for transportation assistance.

The more people help you, the less you have to rely on the strength of the dolly strap alone. While one person pulls the dolly and another person pushes from the other side of the appliance, a third person can grasp the side with the most external features and prevent the dolly strap from moving too much. If the appliance is extremely large and you want to be as safe as possible, you can enlist a fourth person to cover the other side. 

For further assistance or getting an additional dolly, contact a local outlet, such as Garland's Inc.


10 July 2015