In warehouses across the UK, pallets are one of the most basic items but also one of the most used. They are a fundamental tool in the smooth running of warehouse spaces, and pallet handling methods enable easy transportation and storage solutions.
Despite their importance, unfortunately pallets can be a source of injury in the workplace. Understanding pallet handling risks are conducive to creating a safer work environment, employees need to feel safe for wellbeing and increased productivity so here are some safety practices to achieve this.
Regular quick inspections of pallets are an easy way to avoid accidents and injury due to using damaged ones that are not fully functional. Pallets that have faults, cracks or loose nails cause a higher risk of issues with pallet handling and should not be used.
Most injuries caused by pallets involve the hands and the feet. This is mainly due to a lack of the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) being worn properly to protect hands and feet. Protective safety gloves protect the hands and fingers and most have an enhanced grip which means workers can produce work at an improved rate. Protective robust footwear protects feet and toes ensuring safety from any accidents where pallets can land on the feet, and also from any missed loose nails or splinters.
The implementation of training for safe pallet handling is of great importance. Giving employees quality training on this is the best way for them to adhere to their job in the most productive way whilst maintaining a safe environment. Pallet handling is similar to manual handling and employees should not lift with their backs when moving pallets. Pallets should also not be thrown or dropped wherever possible to avoid damage.
The training also needs to include the details and rules to follow in pallet handling such as confirming the weight so it isn’t too heavy as an evenly distributed and flat pallet avoids complication, and knowing in which situations to use a pallet jack or a forklift.
Keeping a well maintained workspace is important for pallet safety. The level of risk will lower if the workspace is kept clean and tidy, including removing any left over debris that could be a trip hazard.
Another way to reduce the risk of pallet handling is to introduce automation systems to the warehouse. Many of which we provide at Asmech Systems Ltd, if you would like more information on the products we supply please contact us on 01623 424 442 or at email@example.com