...and why you should not use a hand pallet truck
until you've read this article.
Hand pallet trucks: we love their elegant simplicity, their 'ready to go' attitude...
But all too often we put them into a situation they were not designed for - an uneven floor, any kind of gradient, a longer-than-usual distance to travel...
Sounds like the real world? That's the problem. These everyday 'difficulties' for hand pallet trucks mean that you are taking a big risk.
Can you handle it?
An expensive court case, a fine, compensation - could you handle it? Could your business handle it?
Handling injuries at work comes in many forms, but by far the most common is back strain from using the wrong equipment. That's why the law in the UK insists that employees are protected by providing the correct equipment for the task. In many cases, using a Power Pallet Truck instead of a Hand Pallet Truck is the simple - and inexpensive - solution.
We're here to help with the heavy lifting
Right now, Mitsubishi are here to help you:
- We have produced 'Can You Handle It?' - a free checklist you can use right now - to see if you are at risk. You can download it here.
Right on the money
But for a power pallet to be as useful as a hand pallet, it has to be ready, reliable - and right on the money. That's why so many UK companies choose Mitsubishi models in this key area. Designed to be easier to use, built to last longer, Mitsubishi sets a standard others can only follow.
The law in the UK is very clear on how an employer must provide appropriate handling equipment - or pay the consequences. Over the past few years, more and more British courts have handed down large fines and ordered compensation. By law every UK business must assess this risk and act - or face the cost.
Start handling the situation
If you have a problem there's no time to delay - start right now click here or call us on the Mitsubishi Greenline today: 0845 371 3048
How much effort is needed to use a hand pallet truck?
Independent researchers tested 17 different makes of hand pallet trucks in order to obtain an accurate average across a wide range of manufacturers moving loads of 500kg and 2000kg. The results were conclusive - and shocking.
Starting a 500kg load from stationary takes, on average, an effort of 23.3kg. Increase the load to 2000kg and the force required is 49.6kg - massively greater than official guidelines.
Raising a 2000kg load on a pallet truck is also very demanding - it takes an average force of 35.1 kg (again much higher than the guideline). Even keeping a 2 tonne load in motion - at 30.7kg - exceeds the guidelines by a whopping 53.3%.
an independent study showed that hand pallet trucks can easily exceed the recomended maximum force for safe manual handling for both men and women. From How safe are your hand pallet trucks? Forklift Briefing