It is important when using pallet trucks that you keep everyone safe through out the operation which is why at SHS Handling we have come up with these simple to follow tips and advice.
One of the first things to check when you are loading or unloading a lorry is to make sure that the difference between the the loading dock and lorry is at a minimum – this will mean that you can move the pallet truck in and out quicker, helping to cut down the time of the task.
Dock and Lorry Height
If you can then get a dock leveller to help with the job; a good cog wheel will also prevent the pallet truck from unintentionally moving away.
Moving a pallet truck can be a difficult task with uneven ground and carrying heavy weights, so make sure you get one with suspended castors as these will help absorb shocks and vibrations. Drive wheels work just as effectively and also provide a valuable safety feature ensuring that you can move around more freely.
Make sure the suspended castor wheels are linked as this will add further stability.
Training and Systems
Work With The Space
When loading or unloading a lorry then space can be very limited so it’s important that you operate your pallet truck effectively. Maneuverability and handling are two key aspects that you will want to test to ensure that you can get in and out of tight spaces easily.
There are many different types of pallet trucks such as long reach or high lift – make sure you choose the one that will suit your needs
Traffic Light System
Using a traffic light system can help avoid any nasty incidents and can be used both inside and outside of the truck. Just as it does when driving on the roads, a green light signifies it’s safe to enter the truck whilst a red light means stop. A system such as this can work wonders if you have multiple pallet trucks loading and unloading the same lorry.
Ultimately it is the operator of a pallet truck who has a large influence on whether on the safety during use. Reckless or negligent operator can lead to accidents which is why it is important to ensure that thorough training is carried out for all uses of, and people who work around, pallet trucks. Through training and educating the people you work with you will not only cut down on accidents but also boost your productivity. It is best-practice on big moves to work with at least one other person for safety, don’t try to DIY on a big task.
Make sure that you have procedures in place to run training sessions for new members of the team and update existing employees every year