New Release of Pallet Design System: 6.3

New Release of Pallet Design System: 6.3

New in Version 6.3

The Pallet Design System has come a long way from versions 6.1 and 6.2. PDS 6.3 presents the style and analysis of system loads of sheet goods. This is the first in a series of growths that will allow customized pallets to be designed and analyzed to carry heavy and oversized products and devices.

Improvements and new features included in PDS 6.3 are:

  • Longer pallets can now be created and examined as much as 30 feet. (deck boards and stringers still need to be constant pieces of lumber).
  • 4-way stringer pallets are evaluated for forklifting from the side with no requirement for a forklift notch, offered the bottom deck boards are high enough for fork branch clearance.
  • The stiffness and strength of long products can be consisted of in the analysis in all assistance conditions.
Luckily, long products often have adequate stiffness and strength to support a few of their weight. This is comparable to the load bridging seen in unit loads of boxes.

Strength and Stiffness Are Taken Into Account

PDS 6.3 now includes the ability to take the strength and stiffness of long products into account when examining the pallet. PDS can identify the bending and compression stress in the products and the radius of curvature to guarantee that the items are adequately supported to prevent damage. This can assist in reassuring the pallet end-user that the system load will securely survive handling. The pallet design itself can be enhanced to ensure that just the essential materials are utilized in simply the suitable locations to acquire the most affordable pallet.

Optimum Pallet Length and Width

PDS 6.3 also consists of increased limits for the optimum pallet length and width and the capability to have a partial 4-way stringer pallet with no notches cut in the stringer if the bottom deck is high enough to permit fork tine entry.

Kamps Inc. Obtains Texas-Based Overall Pallet Options

Kamps Inc. Obtains Texas-Based Overall Pallet Options

Kamps Inc. Gets Texas Based Overall Pallet Services, Enhancing The National Pallet Recycler’s Position In The Southern Market

Kamps Inc. is one of the country’s biggest pallet providers and recycling service suppliers and has acquired Overall Pallet Solutions, LLC. The acquisition of TPS constructs upon Kamps’ core objective of supplying standardized, best-in-class pallet services on a nationwide scale.

About Kamps Inc.

Kamps Inc. is a complete service nationwide pallet business providing innovative pallet services to clients since 1975. Kamps specializes in delivering high-quality recycled pallets, brand-new custom-made pallets, and extensive pallet services to a varied consumer base.

Since its beginning, TPS has firmly placed itself as one of the leading pallet businesses and recyclers in the Central Texas area – growing to 135 staff members and 200 trailers. Specializing in remanufactured and reconditioned pallets, TPS plays an essential function in supporting a varied set of markets.

TPS will contribute to the ongoing development for Kamps in Texas and beyond, stated Kamps Inc. president Mitchell Kamps.

TPS has been a crucial member of our nationwide pallet network for several years, and through the web, we have developed strong relationships with our business. Our shared devotion to customer support, economic development, and group advancement provide a guarantee to a compelling future together.

The addition of TPS enhances Kamps’ nationwide existence to over 30 owned and run places, 2,800 trailers, 1,200 workers, and 150 areas in the national pallet partner network. Each site plays an essential function as current market needs and conditions show that standardized, nationwide pallet companies are crucial to effective supply chains.

Kamps’ ongoing development through brand-new places and acquisitions enhances its position to support supply chains with their customer-centric brand name of pallet services– on a nationwide scale.

Kyle Lane, the co-founder of TPS, stated,

We are thrilled to be a part of the Kamps Group and are eagerly anticipating a growing business together. We appreciate their capability to grow their business while treating their partners, clients, and staff members with the utmost regard.

About Overall Pallet Services

Overall, Pallet Solutions (TPS) is headquartered in Alvarado, Texas. Over its ten-year history, the business has grown quickly and firmly located itself as one of the leading pallet recyclers in the area.

The New and Improved Pallet Design System 6.2

The New and Improved Pallet Design System 6.2

New in Version 6.2

The Pallet Design System has come a long way since version 6.1.

PDS 6.2 makes it possible to create overlap-base block pallets with recessed bottom decks. It likewise consists of a crucial extension to our system load for box analysis abilities.

Improvements and new functions consisted of in PDS 6.2 are:

  • Filler boards and trenched stringer boards can be contributed to overlap base block pallets.
  • Interlock stacked boxes can be evaluated for system loads.
  • When there is no stringer between the fork branches, forklifting from the end of the stringer pallets can be examined.
  • Enhanced residential or commercial properties for air-dried softwood pallets are put together and dried before utilization.
  • The PDS installer is readily available in numerous languages: English, German, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish, & Portuguese.

Overlap Base Pallets

Pallets with flush bottom decks are helpful when stacking system loads such as drums. The deck engages more of the top surface area of the bottom system load, providing assistance to the upper system loads and decreasing the threat of damage to the freight on the bottom pallet.

Overlap base pallets are more powerful and resilient than border-based pallets due to better connections in the bottom deck.

Now you can have the best of both worlds, a robust overlap-base pallet that has a constant and flat bottom deck. This is important for creating CP-9 pallets, which are popular in the chemical industry.

The spaces that would usually exist between the deck boards are filled with nailed-on filler boards. The deck boards are recessed into a thicker stringer board trenched (dadoed) to accept them.

Interlock Stacking

PDS 6.2 enables interlock stacked box system loads to be examined. Interlock stacking tends to move more loads away from the pallet while significantly lowering the crushing resistance of packages.

It provides optimization of corrugated boxes. It is utilized to enhance the stability of system loads, mainly when stretch wrap or other stabilizers have not been used.

NWPCA’s Partnership With PDS Propels Training into The Future

NWPCA's Partnership With PDS Propels Training into The Future

The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) has partnered with AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, to connect with the Pallet Design System™ (PDS) training.

What is AICC?

AICC is a packaging education program that offers Packaging Schools an online learning management system.

The Partnership of PDS & AICC

The president & CEO of the NWPCA states that they are excited about the partnership and want to offer their members a world-class online training system from the AICC.

Their recent release of the Pallet Design System (PDS) for unit-loading corrugated boxes makes the partnership an excellent fit with AICC.

The Independent Packaging Association, AICC’s existing program, provides extensive training for corrugated, rigid box folding carton and plant industries. The Packaging School will include the Pallet Design System (PDS) curriculum on unit loading in AICC’s courses.

The Pallet Desing System provides excellent opportunities for manufacturers and packaging professionals alike, stated Kristen DeLack, PE PDS Structural Engineer.

The AICC courses will give members an excellent foundation for their custom pallets and unit load designs.

The NWPCA and the AICC developed a portal for members to access the complete course bundle that focuses on pallet design and corrugated boxes. The initial catalog of the courses is in Spanish and English and covers corrugated boxes and unit load design.

As all global leaders, we believe in expanding opportunities for digital inclusion and greatly expand PDS as the worldwide tool for designing pallets and for unit loading solutions.

About NWPCA And PDS

The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is the largest organization of wood packaging professionals worldwide. NWPCA has more than 670 members in 30 countries.

The Pallet Design System™ (PDS) is the exclusive software of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA).

About The Independent Packaging Association (AICC)

The Independent Packaging Association (AICC) is a membership association that serves manufacturers and suppliers with education in independent corrugated, folding cartons and information.

AICC employees have access to benefits and offer free online education to all members who wish to maximize their potential and profit.

About Pasadena Skid & Pallet

Since 1983, Pasadena Skid & Pallet has been a diversified manufacturer and wholesaler of specialty and generic pallets and material handling products and packaging.

We sell recycled timber, industrial lumber, dunnage, pallets, crates, and boxes. Our company also specializes in building custom containers, bulkheads, and trailer braces.

New Improvements to The Pallet Design System™ 6.1

New Improvements to The Pallet Design System™ 6.1

Upgrades in PDS 6.1

PDS 6.1 incorporates frequently possible client-mentioned highlights notwithstanding expanded execution for panel deck pallets.

Enhancements and brand new features comprised of in PDS 6.1 are:

  • Doubled the number of stringers for stringer pallets
  • CP7 Pallets can now be analyzed as well as designed
  • Better able to capture performance differences between designs
  • Updated properties for air-dried softwood pallets

Doubled the number of stringers for stringer pallets from a limit of nine to eighteen. This permits truly wide pallets utilized for siding and other long, semi-rigid items to be planned and assessed.

As much as 2 base deck boards arranged between blocks, running corresponding to the pallet length can be investigated. CP7 pallets would now be able to be assessed, as well as designed.

More refined panel deck pallet examination plans are better able to catch execution qualifications in the middle of styles.

Updated properties for air-dried softwood pallets that are assembled green and dried before use.

PDS 6.1

PDS 6.1 permits the plan of very wide stringer pallets with up to 18 Stringers. These pallets are typically used for transporting packages of home siding, consistent drains, or other long items that support their own weight.

This expansion is the underlying advance in building up a system to assess unit loads of sheet goods and other semi-rigid long items, empowering reasonable load ratings to be sorted out for forklifting.

PDS 6.1 can unmistakably assess block pallets with up to two bottom deck boards in the middle of the squares that run corresponding to the main stringer boards.

This is needed to assess CP-7 pallets as these pallets have one base deck board between blocks.

Previously, the investigation did not consider the base deck boards in the middle of the squares as adding to the snugness and strength of the pallet.

With this new element, the racked across length strength for these pallets is incredibly improved.

Ground-Breaking Unit Load Design Tool That Every Pallet Company Should Use

Ground-Breaking Unit Load Design Tool That Every Pallet Company Should Use

PDS 6.0 Unit Load Design Tool Minimizes Damage and Maximizes Profits

The Pallet Design System 6.0 is the most refined programming device on earth that thinks about the communications between an adaptable wood pallet and corrugated boxes.

The device utilizes world-leading science and modeling that permits pallet designers to prevent cargo damage while upgrading cost and material performance.

Anticipate seeing more from the PDS advancement bunch for 2020. PDS 6.0 System Load for Boxes is the very first portion of installment of system-level unit load style and analysis apparatuses in PDS; drums, plastic buckets, and sheet products will follow.

NWPCA and The Pallet Structure investments, adding up to almost $1.5 million over the course of the following 2 years, advance each pallet company and advance every one of our organizations, making PDS the universal language for pallet design.

About Pasadena Skid and Pallet

Since 1983, Pasadena Skid and Pallet have been a varied manufacturer and distributor of nonexclusive and specialty pallets, packaging, and material handling items. We offer recycled pallets, plywood, boxes and crates, dunnage, commercial lumber, and woods. We likewise focus on the customized constructed container and trailer braces and bulkheads.

We use PDS, a computer system-assisted style software application, which helps us to create pallets to our customer’s specifications for their specific load needs. We moreover offer additional types of services, for example, pallet management, recycling, pallet disposal, materials managing consultations, provider dealt with stock, and undeniably more.

About Pallet Design System™

The Pallet Design System ™ software application offers completely crafted and safe pallet designs, given in an expert way. Almost 450 significant pallet producers in excess of 30 countries around the planet use PDS to create 3-D styles that are detailed and effective.

Moreover, to predicting safe load capability and deflection under load, PDS offers detailed specifications in 2-D and 3-D illustrations for basically any wood pallet design. PDS is an exclusive software application of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association.

The NWPCA Releases Fire Code Compliance Manual in Spanish

The NWPCA Releases Fire Code Compliance Manual in Spanish

The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) discharges the NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual for Outdoor Storage of Wood Pallets, in Spanish.

The NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual for Outdoor Storage of Wood Pallets was initially delivered in 2017 to help the industry in compliance with the outdoor pallet storage provisions incorporated in the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC) Section 2810 of International Code Council, and NFPA1, Section 34.10.4, of the National Fire Protection Association.

Grows Educational Outreach in The Hispanic Neighborhood

The arrival of the manual in Spanish expands the Association’s instructive effort and circulation demonstrated the best fire safety practices for pallet facilities.

There are more than 67,000 positions straightforwardly identified with the wooden pallet and container manufacturing area, thus a considerable amount of them just communicate in Spanish, remarked NWPCA Chair, Frank Shean of PLA Holdings-Valley Pallet, situated in Salinas, California.

Spanish-talking proprietors and security faculty would now be able to more readily comprehend the 2018 fire codes of both the ICC and NFPA, added Dr. Brad Gething, NWPCA Director of Science and Technology Integration.

Gething likewise featured NWPCA’s proceeded with an accentuation on proactive effort to fire authorities.

The rules help these offices fabricate a consistent plan in their local language that is predictable with the most recent fire codes, and furthermore share them with their nearby fire authorities and specialists on call.

Well-being is absolutely critical. The deciphered archive is another instrument for the business to fortify its wellbeing programs that prevent the fires from starting, alleviate their spread, and ensure the security of the workers, networks, and specialists on call.

About NWPCA

The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) is the biggest association of wood bundling experts on the planet.

Containing in excess of 670 organization individuals in 28 nations who fix, fabricate, and circulate pallets and wood packaging in unit-load arrangements, supply items, and administrations to the business.

NWPCA is a promoter and solid ally of model wellbeing codes for the best-demonstrated security practices.

About The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is an overall chief in electrical, building, fire, and life security.

The International charitable association established in 1896 mission is to diminish the overall burden of fire and different dangers on personal satisfaction by giving and upholding norms and consensus codes, schooling, exploration, and preparing.

NFPA grows in excess of 300 principles and codes to limit the chance and impacts of different risks and fire.

About The International Code Council (ICC)

The International Code Council (ICC) is a part engaged affiliation committed to creating norms and model codes utilized in the form, plan, and consistency cycle to build protected, reasonable, economical, and strong designs.

The majority of the U.S. networks and numerous worldwide business sectors pick the International Codes.

5 Things to Consider When Switching to Recycled Pallets

5 Things to Consider When Switching to Recycled Pallets

When companies have actually got to move and deliver large levels of merchandise they’ll complete a great deal of product packaging materials to get their consignments securely and easily to their location.

A vast array of these materials might essentially be used as soon as possible and then disposed of when the crates reach their destination however this is certainly a real waste. Ecologically focussed businesses would rather choose to use recycled pallets so that they can reuse them several times for all of their packaging products.

When compared to standard wood pallets which can frequently be disposed of as soon as they have been utilized, recycled pallets guarantee that the wood used at first to produce the product packaging is recycled and utilized again for product packaging functions.

Pallets and crates that have been produced from recycled wood are just as robust, sturdy, and easy to use as basic shipping crates and pallets and so the sole distinction is that you are doing your bit for the environment by choosing these items.

Another manner in which companies can recycle their wooden crates and pallets and not needing to recycle them is to brand them so that they can easily be recognized. This will enable the business to recover the product packaging products as soon as the goods have been transported for them to use them again to ship more items. Branding with logo designs, names, as well as colors, can be efficient on the wood pallets.

If businesses are not sure how to go about recycling pallets the best thing to do would be to talk to their product packaging supplier who will recommend them the best kind of pallets and packing crates to suit their requirements.

As an example, you’ll discover off-the-shelf pallet sizes and designs to pick from or businesses can choose to have custom packaging solutions to permit large items or those of an awkward shape or delicate nature.

The most essential thing when dealing with wooden packaging is to guarantee it is sustainable, eco-friendly and to think about recycling pallets anywhere possible to decrease waste.

With lumber costs at record highs and no end in sight, we have actually been talking about ways to reduce your company’s pallet costs. If you desire instant gratification, switch to recycled pallets, a move that can cut as much as half from your pallet investment.

But like any crucial decision, you do not want to jump in feet first. There are literally numerous suppliers of recycled pallets and much like snowflakes, every one is different. The right provider is based on your needs and how well the supplier’s abilities line up. Here are 5 things you should know when selecting a recycled pallet supplier.

1) Does The Potential Provider Have The Know-How and Resources to Examine Your Pallet Requirements?

Changing from new to recycled pallets provides you the opportunity to examine the pallets you’re presently using and figure out if they’re the right ones for the job. This is especially handy if there have been modifications in your operation such as automation, brand-new line of product, or retail client requirements.

Ask your potential provider to visit your center to evaluate your current pallets and then suggest the best-recycled pallet specification( s) for you. An expert service must be done to guarantee you get the optimum pallets and prices.

2) How Skilled is The Supplier With Retail Requirements?

Pallets play an important role in the supply chain. Sellers– particularly bigger gamers– are particular about pallets. Ensure a prospective provider understands the subtleties of an individual merchant’s requirements and is prepared to respond with suitable pallets.

3) How Carefully Do The Supplier’s Recycled Pallet Specifications Line Up With What You Presently Use?

Recycled pallet specifications for recycled pallet providers goes hand-in-hand with number one. Specifications differ from one pallet provider to the next. This is particularly true of recycled pallets.

A Premium A grade to one company might be a requirement A grade to another. Make certain you get a supplier’s specs in writing to ensure positioning in regards to the size, quality, and performance you need.

If your company is nationwide or regional, ask prospective providers how they ensure their pallet grades correspond from one location to the next. Some suppliers– like Pasadena Skid & Pallets– have actually published specifications and formal quality programs in place to make sure constant specifications despite where the pallets originate.

4) Does The Supplier Have The Capability to Keep You Provided?

The majority of recycled pallet providers are regional or local companies. Some will use nationwide coverage through alliances with other providers.

If your company is nationwide, a provider with nationwide capabilities is more effective as it simplifies your pallet management and ultimately decreases the time and expense of working.

Our Quality control Program ensures the best pallet– every time! We take pride in our long-term relationship with many of our customers. We arrange our production to meet their requirements and pursue on-time shipment– each time! Our policy is to please our client– each time!

5) How Does The Provider Manage Order Positioning, Tracking, Verification, and Billing?

Recycled pallet services and order fulfillment much of the pallet industry, new and recycled, is paper-based, a system that does not line up well with consumers that are well supported by functional IT or procedures that have actually moved beyond paper and telephones. Too, paper-based systems include the cost to a company’s supply chain. I’m discussing order precision and time invested in tracking, validating, and billing pallet orders.

Undoubtedly, the much better a recycled pallet provider’s digital abilities, the much better off you will be, even if it’s something as easy as electronic bills of lading.

At Pasadena Skid & Pallet, we’re lucky that our leadership team is obsessed with being early adopters of all manner of service-enhancing supply chain technology. We utilize PDS, a computer-aided design software, which helps us to manufacture pallets to our client’s requirements for their exact load needs. We likewise use additional services such as pallet management, recycling, pallet disposal, products managing assessments, vendor-managed stock, and much more.

The Power of Pallets

The Power of Pallets

Over the years pallets have become a significant part of our global economy. Without really thinking about it pallets are a major part of our everyday lives. The furniture we have, the food we buy, has all been transported on pallets. That is unless you make your own furniture or grow your own food.

So imagine a world without pallets. The cost of canned foods would probably be significantly more just because employees would have to transport 3 to 4 cans at a time. Even orders you make online would have to be handled individually. Without pallets, the cost would be higher, labor would be increased, and products would take longer to arrive at your doorstep.

Pallets make this whole process more convenient and I mean who doesn’t want that. However, pallets were not just made convenient for the consumers or for entertainment. No, pallets were fueled by war.

Pallets Fueled By War

During WWII, the need to supply troops stationed from Europe to the pacific was indeed a challenge. The United States military had to transport everything the soldiers needed, from toilet paper to tanks, to any other necessities had to be transported over longer distances than ever before.

The U.S. military encountered obstacles along the way. Canned produce was transported overseas in the open. By the time the goods reached their destination, the goods were corroded or damaged and with a loss rate of about 40%.

In April of 1942, a large number of Filipino and U.S troops were forced to surrender due to disease and malnutrition. The supply chain had broken down, canned foods were becoming damaged or corroded once the goods arrived at their destination so the troops were left without food and other supplies they needed in order to fight.

A Navy Supply Corps officer named Norman Cahners invented the four-way pallet. This invention featured notches cut in the side of pallets so that forklifts could pick up pallets with ease and from any direction. Forklift trucks eliminated workers from lining up and loading the pallets onto the forklift.

Then came the invention of block pallets that were an improvement from the four-way pallets used during WWII. The pallet deck boards rest on sturdy blocks rather than on cross boards which make it even easier for forklift trucks and pallet jacks to lift pallets from any angle.

However, not every company uses this new approach. Block pallets cost more to build than long cross-board pallets. The use of block pallets is only used in Europe. The U.S. argues that it does not make sense for rental companies to get into that business because the supply chain between raw materials and workers takes too much time and the volumes tend to be smaller.

Pallets Fuel The World

The defeat in the Pacific made the military realize the importance of supplying the troops. The modernization of pallets started with wooden pallets and the forklift. The use of the forklift and wooden pallets was the most significant and revolutionary storage development of the war. No more damaged goods and supplies were transported with ease.

So why are pallets such a significant part of our global economy? Well for starters, pallets are efficient and:

  • The perfect partner for forklifts
  • Shippers can combine different products into one pallet
  • Unloading pallets is a lot faster than unloading individual items
  • Efficient packaging led to efficiencies on the receiving end.

Pallets were designed to work together with the forklift. The arms of a forklift can be inserted on each side of the pallets eliminating the need for workers to turn around and line them up. Forklift trucks allowed products to be moved, stacked and stored with immense speed and versatility.

Online shoppers are profitable now because they are able to combine small items into one package instead of handling each item individually. Now consumers are able to receive their items in as little as a day.

In 1931, workers took three days to unload a boxcar filled with 13,000 cases of goods. When pallets were introduced, it only took the workers 4 hours to complete.

Warehouses were able to standardize their processes for using forklifts to unload pallets and deliver them with ease to their designated areas around the warehouse.

Pallets are everywhere. As much as 80% of all U.S. commerce is transported on pallets. They are a widespread use and more than 46% are used in U.S. hardwood lumber production.

So you see, pallets have fueled not only the war but the entire world. Pallets are efficient and can greatly reduce shipping costs. Many companies like Ikea have been able to ship more supplies in a single pallet, this reduced their shipping cost by 60%.

The Future of Pallets

The future of pallets is bright just like the past and present. In fact, statistics show:

  • More than two billion pallets are in circulation in the U.S.
  • Approximately 94% of U.S products travel on pallets
  • More than 46% of U.S. lumber production is used to build pallets
  • Wooden pallets have a recycling rate of 95%, that’s more than any other packaging product.
  • The production and transportation of wooden pallets make up a $31 billion industry and create 173,000 U.S. jobs.

So it’s clear that pallets won’t become extinct anytime soon. As a matter of fact, recycled pallets are actually in high demand at companies with strong sustainability programs and cost reduction strategies. Companies like the Pasadena Skid & Pallet are constantly innovating and recycling pallets every day.

Wooden pallets are sustainable over a long period of time if taken good care of. Wood is the only renewable source that we have available. Wooden pallets are eco-friendly and durable to beat loading and unloading platforms as well as transporting from one place to another with ease.

Wooden pallets use a minimal amount of energy, water, and other resources are needed to convert wood into usable wooden pallets. Moreover, wooden pallets consume low-grade lumber and trees. Pasadena Skid & Pallet can provide an SFI or FSC Certified Wooden pallets at additional charges.

Pallets are one of the best inventions of the world along with others that have fueled and grown our economy to what it is today. Pallets have sustained longevity by supplying our needs and reducing costs while also increasing efficiency. Pallets will be the main global trade in our economy for a long time.

How To Safely Work With Pallets

How To Safely Work With Pallets

Pallets are used worldwide and are one of the most important tools. However, they can be dangerous if you do not handle them safely. Pallets that are used in supply chain operations can lead to punctured wounds, sprained ankles, broken toes, or more severe life-threatening injuries. If pallets are used for purposes such as a man lift, the results could be tragic. With over billions of pallets circulating in the United States, warehouse employees should take precautionary steps to avoid injury.

Never Man Lift Pallets

Pallets should never be handled by a man lift. Only use approved engineering platforms like a forklift after having enough training and receiving a certificate. Pallets may be designed to hold 2,800 pounds or more so these heavy loads should be used by a machine not by a man lift.

Make Sure Employees Are Properly Trained

Monitor the worker’s performance to ensure that workers are using safety guidelines and not taking shortcuts.

Furthermore, proper training for handling powerful tools should be implemented to prevent untrained employees from injuring themselves or others and possibly damaging the mechanical equipment.

Never Leave Pallets Standing

Empty pallets standing on end are unstable and cause injury to your foot or leg if they tip over.

Wear Protective Clothing

Always wear gloves when handling pallets and protective shoes so that a pallet does not fall and injure your foot or get splinters from not wearing gloves. Be sure to always wear personal protective equipment to prevent common injuries such as hand, foot, and back injuries.

Some facilities authorize a soft landing for pallets that are placed on the floor to avoid the noise from damaging the employee’s ears. DO NOT drop or bang pallets.

Do Not Use Damaged Pallets

If pallets are damaged or not appropriate for the job, they should be immediately removed from the workplace. Set aside damaged or substandard pallets for use in repair or recycling. If damaged or substandard pallets end up being used, they could cause serious injuries especially when placed on a high shelf with a heavy load.

Furthermore, inspect the pallets for any defects such as loose nails, splinters, or cracks. Discard or put damaged pallets aside for recycling or repair.

Always Clean Up Debris From Pallets

Broken or damaged pallets can cause slip and fall hazards and instability for handling material equipment. Debris in pallets can cause damage to the wheels of equipment. Always keep the warehouse clean to prevent dangerous accidents from happening.

Be Extremely Cautious When Standing On Pallets

Warehouse workers standing on a pallet could be injured if the deck board breaks or if the worker’s foot gets caught between the deck boards. Depending on the design of the pallets, some nine leg design pallets may be prone to tipping over when empty.

Use a Pick Hook

To avoid getting injured while stepping on a pallet, use a pick hook to reach the back of a pallet. This tool prevents a pallet from tipping over from a weight imbalance.

Be Careful When Stepping in Between Pallets

Some warehouses store their pallets side by side in storage racks so workers may step between or on pallets when accessing pallets. If the workers are not careful they can potentially get injured on the knees or ankles if they lose balance while stepping between pallets.

Manage The Risk When Manually Lifting Pallets

Pallets vary greatly in weight and size. Lightweight pallets can be lifted by one employee but heavier pallets are more common in the workplace and can be a hazard if they are not lifted safely.

If the warehouse does not have a forklift employees should be encouraged to work together and lift the pallet to prevent an injury from occurring.

Also, make sure that pallets are loaded with even weight distribution and do not exceed the maximum weight capacity when loading or stacking manually.

Don’t Stack Pallets Too High

The workers should not stack the pallets too high if they are stacking or unstacking pallets manually. Pallets should be stacked by a maximum of 4 feet to make handling a pallet easier and avoid potential injuries.

Also, have a forklift separate full stacks of pallets in half. Moreover, ensure the pallets are stacked flat and in stable piles when not in use.

Make Sure That Pallets Slide Freely

Ensure that pallets slide freely when tipping the pallet slightly to make sure that the pallet does not get snagged on a protruding nail.

It is better to have a co-worker assist you when manually moving a wood pallet off a stack.

Use Mechanized Equipment When Available

Forklifts and automated pallet dispensers are powerful tools of equipment designed to handle the weight of pallets with ease. It is better to use these powerful tools of equipment to avoid the risk of injury.

Be Cautious When Lifting a Pallet

When you lift a pallet, keep it vertical and close to your torso to maintain a close center of balance. DO NOT hold a pallet out from your body, you could end up getting injured.

Handle With Care When Entering The Facility With Pallets

When using a power jack to enter with pallets, make sure the stability of a load of merchandise by entering squarely. Be aware that when entering you may be pushing the pallet forward and potentially into another worker. Some facilities, however, implement a warning honk to alert other workers before entering with a new load of pallets.

Do not leave pallets on areas that need to be accessed, such as doorways, emergency exits, fire extinguishers, switch boxes, and emergency equipment.

Conclusion

Handling pallets is a daily task in many warehouses. Additionally, working with pallets can present hazards to workers and people that handle pallets daily. Workers can potentially suffer from cuts, abrasions, and other injuries from damaged pallets. Moreover, workers can also suffer injuries from broken pallets, and dropping pallets can cause potential damage to the equipment and workers.

Safely handling pallets in workplaces ensure a safe environment. Whether you’re the owner of the workplace, an employee, or someone that uses pallets regularly, you should ensure safety procedures are implemented and taught.