Pallet Truck Safety

More than one third of all workplace injuries requiring at least three days off from work are caused by manual handling (lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying).

Using materials handling equipment (MHE) such as pallet trucks has become safer over the past decade, however on average, one worker is hospitalised every day in the UK due to an accident involving materials handling equipment such as pallet trucks. Good to Go Safety provides the ideal solution to pallet truck safety. Our pallet truck inspection checklist is perfect for manual and electric powered pallet trucks.

Injury is much more likely to occur to operators of damaged or ineffective pallet trucks as the handling of heavy or large objects creates a high risk of injury. It is the duty of everyone using pallet trucks, stackers and high lifters to ensure that all the correct procedures are being followed and importantly, that the equipment is safe to use.

Hand pallet trucks may not fall under LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) but are covered by PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) and as such must be maintained in a suitable condition and routinely inspected to ensure this remains the case. Good to go Safety pallet truck inspections checklist is ideal for ensuring pallet trucks are maintained in a good working order

Simply attach a tag to the pallet truck handle in a position for maximum visibility and then use the pallet truck inspection checklist to carry out a pre-use pallet truck inspection. Remove the top copy of the completed pallet truck inspections checklist and place inside the tag (a duplicate NCR copy is retained in the book for management/maintenance records). The tag will clearly advise users if a fault has been found and indicate a “Do Not Use” message, or if all checks were satisfactory than users will be advised that the pallet truck is “Good to Go”.

The frequency of pallet truck inspection will be dependent on findings of a risk assessment with a bare minimum of an annual pallet truck inspection checklist being required. In areas of daily use, in harsh environments or high risk of collisions then the frequency of pallet truck inspections may be increased to weekly or even daily checks. The Good to Go Safety pallet truck inspection checklist is totally flexible to meet your needs.

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