Boohoo – Use of a pallet truck

Boohoo – Use of a pallet truck

Step 5 – Use of a Pallet Truck

  • SSoW Reference no. WH010 Related risk assessment
    ID no.(s)
    Department/location Warehouse Task/activity Use of pallet truck
    Date of original completion. 19/01/2016 Date of review. 15/01/2020 Version No 0001
    Manager owning process Health and Safety Manager/Operations Manager
    Description of activity/task Safe use of the Pallet truck
    Equipment or machinery
    to be used
    Pallet truck (size and load capacity varies)
    This Procedure is deemed to be
    But has the potential to become higher risk if the safe system of work is not followed.
    Main risks identified from risk assessments Untrained operators/Unstable loads - Crushing injuries, Manual handling injuries and Impact injuries
    PPE requirements Hi-Visibility vests
    Safety footwear
    Purpose To ensure safe operation of the pallet trucks used on-site.

    All operators of the pallet trucks are to be aware of the pre-use checks, defect procedure and the safe operation of mentioned equipment. When using this equipment you must remain aware of your surroundings and maintain control of the equipment and the load (if applicable).

    Always check the security of your load before inserting the pallet truck and moving off with your load. If you feel the pallet/load is unsafe seek further advice from your line manager. DO NOT attempt to make repairs on the truck yourself!

    Equipment familiarisation/pre-use checks
    pallet truck 01
    1. Remove any debris such as string, shrink wrap etc. from the wheels.
    2. Check that all wheels are free from damage, and that they rotate freely (evidence of damage or failure to rotate freely indicate faulty truck)
    3. Check the steering action by rotating the steering handle through its full 180 degrees of rotation.
    4. Push the hydraulic trigger, down and pump the truck up to its maximum height (approx. 200mm). If the truck fails to rise then this may indicate air in the hydraulics.
    5. To remove the air click the hydraulic trigger up and hold in place; whilst doing this pump the handle 8 - 10 times.
    6. If the truck is still defective then report this to your team leader.
    Standard operating procedure
    WH010 use of pallet truck 1
    1. Whenever pushing a loaded pallet truck, it is essential the load does not obstruct your view.
    2. Do not change speed or direction suddenly.
    3. Only travel with the pump truck in front of you when entering a load or when you are positioning a loaded truck in a restricted area.
    4. When manoeuvring outside the above mentioned areas you should pull rather than push.
    WH010 use of pallet truck 2
    1. When entering the load ensure the forks are fully lowered by lifting up the hydraulic trigger.
    2. Ensure the pallet truck is centrally located in relation to the pallet, and the truck is pushed as far as possible into the pallet.
    3. To raise the load, push the hydraulic trigger down and pump the operating handle up and down until the forks are fully raised.
    4. The pallet needs to be off the ground sufficiently enough as not to catch the floor when transporting the load.
    WH010 use of pallet truck 3
    1. Once the load has been elevated for transport (remember ground clearance), pull the operating handle towards you and turn your body so that you can pull the truck.
    2. When you have the location in which you are unloading, bring the load to a slow and controlled stop and pull the hydraulic trigger to lower the load.
    3. When lowering any load you must ensure the immediate area around the load is clear of personnel.

    Please be aware of the space required for the turning circle of the pallet truck.

    WH010 use of pallet truck 4
    1. Once the pallet truck is no longer required you must ensure that it is stored in the designated area.
    2. Pallet trucks should not be left anywhere that will impede the sites health and safety equipment (fire extinguisher, fire exits, pedestrian walkways etc.).
    3. All Pallet trucks should have a load plate attached or a stamp with the information on; this load weight must not be exceeded.

    Confirmatory questions and sign off

    Please read the following questions carefully and answer using the information trained out to you and detailed in the attached documents.

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