April 15th, 2014
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Keg Handling Safety Tips

Updated 9/7/2021

Weighing in at upwards of 160 lbs., a full keg of beer poses a health and safety hazard for anyone attempting to manually handle beer kegs.  Many bar and restaurant workers have learned firsthand the difficulty of manual keg handling, which is why keg handling safety is so important.  According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) a full beer keg is too heavy to be safely carried or lifted by one person without risking serious injury. As with all potentially dangerous activities, knowing the risks associated with keg handling and having the right tools in your work area to do it safely is essential.

Keg Handling Risks

  • Overexertion: Attempting to lift or carry a full keg without proper training or equipment can lead to serious strain injuries, particularly in the lower back. Even when two people are carrying a keg, there is still a risk that one person will lose their grip, forcing the other to carry the entirety of the weight. For these reasons, appropriate lifting techniques and properly handling and lifting equipment is essential.
  • Repetitive strain injuries: Long-term injury can result from continually attempting to move beer kegs without proper ergonomic equipment. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is one of the most common occupational diseases identified in restaurant and liquor retail employees.
  • Drops: Manually or improperly lifting a keg can lead to drops which can potentially cause broken bones and permanent disfigurement. For best practices, make sure all kegs are properly secured when lifting them using approved ergonomic equipment.
  • Slips and falls: Environmental hazards such as dust, clutter and — particularly in the restaurant and bar industry — wet floors, can lead to slips and falls when handling kegs or other heavy loads. Be sure to keep your work area clean, dry and clutter-free at all times to prevent on-the-job accidents.

The Importance of Ergonomic Equipment

OSHA considers the repetitive manual handling of full beer kegs a hazardous activity with increased risk of pain and injury.  Furthermore OSHA recommends minimizing the manual lifting of kegs whenever possible as the continued lifting of items in this weight range is associated with the development of lower back injuries.  Considering the staggering costs of workplace injuries that we discussed in a previous post, why risk the health of your employees by continuing to manually handle kegs? Keg handling safety should be a focus for all companies that transport full kegs.

Easy Lift Equipment offers premium keg lifting equipment designed to allow any operator to safely and efficiently move beer kegs even within crowded coolers.   Our EasyLift Keg Stacker features an automatic clamping system for quick and secure lifting of kegs and is powered by two 12-volt AGM deep cycle batteries providing long last power allowing for the stacking of over 300 kegs per charge. For horizontal keg stacking and storage we also offer a keg lift outfitted with 360° side rotating clamps for horizontal storage of beer kegs.

Don’t see what you need?  All of our keg handling equipment can be customized to meet your needs. Contact a sales representative today for more information on our lifting and handling solutions.

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