How to Prevent Accidents When Using a Pallet Truck | KION North America

How to Prevent Accidents When Using a Pallet Truck

The most important thing in any work site is the safety of all employees. Many accidents can occur while actively working on loading docks, so it’s important to take the necessary steps in safety. The following will help to prevent accidents when using a pallet truck.

Loading Dock and Lorry
When you begin working with the pallet truck, you must lessen the variance between the loading dock and the floor of the warehouse. This way the pallet truck can move efficiently in and out of the lorry, which decreases the chances of an accident transpiring. It is never a bad idea to invest in a good dock leveler as well.

The Use of Traffic Lights
These traffic lights are just like the traffic lights we see on regular roads, they are used to avoid a collision. You can install them on both the interior and exterior of a warehouse. Like a car, the pallet truck has the authorization to enter the lorry at a green light only.

Suspended Castor or Drive Wheels
You will want to look into suspended castors or drive wheels for your pallet truck. These types of wheels will take in shocks and vibrations. However, the suspended castors give the truck much more solidity, this is a good safety characteristic to have.

Brakes
While space is more restricted on the dock, this makes it more important that a pallet truck is able to maneuver well and also brake quickly. The power pallet truck, for example, is able to slow down much quicker and is easier to brake on command. You’ll want to make sure that your brakes are properly working before operating a pallet truck.

We hope you find this useful and if you have any questions or regards to the operation of a pallet truck or would like to find out more, you can reach us through our website or call us at 843-875-8000.

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