Safety Tip of the Week – Safety with Electric Pallet Jacks

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

Know how to use the power controls and brakes properly. Use the forks and attachments correctly. Always inspect the equipment prior to each use; never operate an electric pallet jack if it is malfunctioning.

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 ankle, 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. 
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