Safety Tip of the Week – Electric Pallet Jack Safety

Electric Pallet Jack Safety

Electric pallet jacks are one of the most useful pieces of equipment found in a company. If used correctly, they are highly efficient and can increase a picker’s hourly case pick rate by 50%.

Electric pallet jacks are easy and safe to operate as long as the guidelines below are followed:

Best practices:

Electric pallet jacks are easy and safe to operate as long as the best practices below are followed:

  • Prior to operating an electric pallet jack, always fill out the pre-operation inspection sheet. This will ensure you are using an electric power jack that is in good mechanical condition.

  • If the electric power jack does not pass the pre-operation inspection, do not use it and report the malfunctioning equipment to your supervisor immediately.

  • Always be cautious of the wide swing of the electric power jack. Keep your body, especially your feet and ankles, clear of the jack.

  • When operating the electric pallet jack, always face the direction of travel. Do not walk backwards.

  • An electric pallet jack should never be operated on a ramp.

  • The red button on the operation handle is an emergency reverse. This button will prevent the electric pallet jack from running you over.

  • The electric pallet jack, with a full load, can weigh as much as a car. You cannot stop, push, or drag the electric pallet jack. Never use your body to stop the electric pallet jack.

    Expect the unexpected and always be protected!! 


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