Pallet Truck Training
Pallet trucks, sometimes known as ‘pump trucks’, can be incredibly useful pieces of equipment. They are small and compact, making it easy to navigate them through narrow spaces when bulkier forklifts may not be able to fit. Thus, can greatly increase productivity efficiency in the workplace, as they can reduce the need for manual handling in the workplace – which is extremely advantageous, as reducing the need for manual handling will speed up operations and reduce the risk of injuries which may occur whilst moving or adjusting heavy objects. Moreover, these unique trucks require little specialist training – though it would be foolish to think that operating a pallet truck requires no training at all.
It is important for operators of pallet trucks to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as steel capped boots which protect the feet if anything were to go wrong and drop from the truck. Furthermore, it is imperative that the truck itself is checked frequently, to ensure that it is kept in proper working order – the truck should be kept clean and wheels free of obstructions. You should also check that the load which needs to be manoeuvred is correctly wrapped and neatly stacked on the truck.
Of course, you should be correctly trained on how to load, and actually operate pallet trucks – this will ensure your safety in the workplace.
Safe use of Pallet Trucks
UK Industries quick guide to the safe use of pallet trucks:
- Collect your pallet truck from its designated storage area
- Inspect the truck for any damage, and free the wheels of obstructions
- To check the pump is in proper working order, press the handle of the truck downwards and pull it towards you – this should make the forks of the truck rise.
- After preforming this check, drop the forks back to the floor by pulling the lever (which is located on the handle) upwards.
- Now, when you are ready to move the truck, make sure that you have one hand firmly enclosed on the handle on the truck and face the direction in which you would like to move. Do not let anyone, including yourself, ride on the pallet truck as it is moving.
- Keep a safe distance between yourself and the truck whilst moving, and when you have arrived at your destination, ensure that the forks of the truck are facing the load you wish to manoeuvre.
- Then, make sure that the load is safely wrapped and that the pallet is not damaged.
- Slowly guide the forks of the truck into the gaps of the pallet.
- To lift the load, pump the lever downwards and bring the handle towards you. If you’re finding difficulty lifting your load, then your truck may be faulty or the load may be too heavy.
- Plan ahead – make sure that before you start moving with your load, that there are no obstructions in your way and that you have enough room to manoeuvre safely through your workplace.
- To start moving, pull the lever on your pallet truck into the neutral position and make sure that you’re facing the direction in which you intend to travel.
- Never run or make sharp turns when pulling the truck, as this is unsafe.
- When you’ve reached your desired destination, stop firmly and push the lever on the truck upwards.
- After you’ve lowered the load, the put the truck in the neutral position and pull the forks from the gaps of the pallet.
- Finally, once you’ve finished with the truck, return it to its designated storage area for your next colleague to use!
So, if you’re interested in learning to operate a pallet truck, then call UK Industries Training on 0115 880 0188, and start your training today!