Your warehouse is, like it or not, an inherently dangerous place. Heavy, bulky items, sensitive equipment, and fragile materials fill it from floor to ceiling, and so you have to make sure that everyone follows the proper safety procedures when working in a warehouse. One piece of equipment in particular should only be operated with the utmost care: the pallet jack. Wondering what the best pallet jack safety procedures are? Read on to find out!
The major benefit that pallet jacks bring to the table is that they enable your employees to move items easily throughout a warehouse, loading dock, or other type of facility without straining their muscles by lugging around heavy items by themselves. That being said, the ease and efficiency of a pallet jack are only attainable by those who operate them safely. To do this, one must never:
–Place a foot under the pallet jack. Some people might try to straighten out a pallet jack by pushing it with their foot or hooking their foot underneath it. But this can be hazardous, especially when using an electric pallet jack that you could lose control over, and so it is best to avoid altogether.
–Place an overweight load on a pallet jack. Your jack will have a specific weight capacity, and it is important that you adhere to it. Overweight loads can do serious damage to your pallet jack otherwise!
–Speed while operating a pallet jack. Move at a slow and steady pace throughout your facility- you never know when some unexpected obstacle might come into your path.
–Pull the pallet jack. Standard operating procedures say that you should always push, not pull, a pallet jack. This both reduces strain and allows you better control over your movements.
After purchasing your new pallet jacks from S.W. Betz, familiarize yourself and your team with these procedures to ensure a safe and healthy workplace!
About S.W. Betz Company, Inc.
The S.W. Betz Company, Inc. has been providing businesses with all of their essential Weighing, Material Handling, Dock, and Warehouse equipment since 1933. From supplying items to installation to maintenance and repairs, you can count on the S.W. Betz Company to work with you and provide you with their extensive knowledge of the industry. Contact us today for more information regarding your specific needs.
For the best, call Betz at 410-574-1414 or 800-332-0322 today!