Puncture wounds, sprained ankles and broken toes are just some of the injuries that can result from handling empty skids and pallets. With about 2 billion pallets circulating in the United States, according to the U.S. Forest Service, the Texas Department of Insurance offers tips to material handlers to help them avoid injury.
What’s the latest in the area of safe material handling? Safety+Health recently spoke with Matt Spang, material handling product director for Neenah, WI-based Appleton Mfg. (a Double E Co.), to get his take.
Power Tug is designed to mobilize loads up to 5,000 pounds with ease. It has a mono-drive wheel with a stabilizing swivel caster that enables the unit to move loads over uneven surfaces with complete control.
Hydraulic and Pneumatic Work Positioners keep materials close at hand, eliminating unnecessary reaching. They have a heavy-duty, 360-degree turntable, and are ideal for palletizing, de-palletizing, and workstation assembly and manufacturing.
The 20,000-pound-capacity CartMover XR features an enhanced ergonomic design, a 4-inch lift range that allows for moving carts over a greater range of surfaces and transitions, and an easy-to-change modular battery with onboard analytics.
Lifting objects or manually handling materials puts workers at risk for back injuries. More than 111,000 such injuries requiring days away from work were recorded in 2017, according to Injury Facts, an online database created by the National Safety Council.