The Christmas period is one of the busiest times for warehouse operatives, especially for those who work in retail. With Amazon taking half of all online Black Friday sales, those working in this sector have most likely experienced a very tiresome holiday season.
We know it can be difficult to work through this time, so we've put together some tips on working in a warehouse over Christmas to make your job easier!
Tips for a Christmas Warehouse Worker
Make sure you have equipment that works
As a warehouse worker, you're likely familiar with the likes of pallet trucks and sack trolleys. They make your job easier and help get things done quickly. However, if you have one which does not function properly, you may find it causes more damage than good.
A broken piece of manual handling equipment can cause excessive strain to the worker - so it is advised to make sure your equipment works over this busy period. To browse new manual handling equipment, you can see our ranges here.
Though it may seem like you can't stop, make sure you take a break occasionally. Sit down for your lunch and rest your body before starting the whole process again. A tired worker isn't an efficient worker - so it is in the companies benefit to let you recharge your batteries. Over the Christmas period, we often see different businesses getting into trouble over lack of breaks for there workers, so make sure you don't become one of them.
Always wear protective clothing
Objects falling from a height is one of the biggest contributors to injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Avoid any injuries happening during this busy period by always wearing protective headgear, gloves, proper footwear and eyewear if needed. PPE is a necessary part of keeping you safe while working, so make sure you have yours. You can browse high-quality PPE equipment here.
Treat the aisles like a busy street
If you're busy during the Christmas period, your colleagues definitely are too. Pay attention to what is going on and keep an eye out for any hazards. Even if you need to get something done, it's never worth putting yourself or someone else in danger.
Inspect your equipment before use
All equipment should be inspected before use, so don't forget this rule during Christmas. Especially because the equipment will be used more than normal, you need to ensure there's no danger when using it. Take a look here to see who can inspect lifting equipment.
Most of all, stay safe this Christmas! We hope you have the best day and we will see you in the new year.
Folding sack trucks make transporting items across the warehouse an easy mission. Simply stack the items on top of the folding toe, secure it and be on your way. But why do you need a folding sack truck opposed to a standard sack truck?
What is a folding sack truck?
A folding sack truck has an extended foldable toe plate which will allow more items to be transported. The foldable quality of a folding sack truck is beneficial for many warehouses, especially those which lack space.
There are many folding sack trucks available, including ones which can be folded completely down. However, these can sometimes be flimsy due to their plastic frame. The folding sack trucks we sell here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys fold from the toe down, meaning they keep their sturdy metal quality.
Types of Folding Sack Trucks
There is a range of different folding sack trucks on offer, so here's a look at the ones we have in stock. Here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys, we choose folding sack trucks which are high-quality and fit to last you a long time.
Here's a look at our folding sack trucks:
200KG Folding Toe Sack Truck w/ Solid Puncture Proof Wheels
This folding toe sack truck trolley has a capacity of 200kg with a strong steel construction and a robust toe plate. The additional folding toe can extend to 600mm making it ideal for carrying plenty of items. The puncture-proof wheels also mean this folding sack truck works perfectly across difficult terrains and hard floorings.
100kg Sack Truck for Stairs with Folding Extension Plate
Ideal for transporting items up and down stairs, this 100kg folding sack truck will help you move items wherever you need them. The three rotating wheels on either side of this sack truck means it will be stable moving items up to 100kg up and down stairs without any strenuous carrying.
If you're looking for a different kind of sack truck, we have a wide range available here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys. Take a look at our range of sack trucks here.
May we take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and we look forward to continuing business with you in 2018.
Please be advised that our last day for sending next day items by courier will be Thursday 21st December for delivery on the Friday 22nd. If goods are not despatched on the 21st, they will be held and despatched on our return in the new year, 2nd January 2018.
Our last working day before Christmas will be the Friday 22nd December, however we will be closing at 2pm .
We will be closed over the holiday period but will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January.
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Moving a heavy load using nothing more than your own strength can be risky for a number of reasons. Heavy lifting can lead to a number of musculoskeletal disorders and other long-term problems, and the load itself may become damaged if you accidentally drop it.
Fortunately, there are a number of different products that can be used to move weighty items with ease. Among the most versatile options are the heavy equipment moving skates that we stock here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys.com.
With weight capacities ranging from 2 tonnes to 100 tonnes, we have a skate set for just about any load moving job you're likely to encounter. Our heavy equipment moving skates are ideal for shifting:
- Heavy machinery
- Large crates and containers
All of our skates can be purchased online at great prices, and many are available to hire as well. Whether you need a budget-friendly moving skate or a steerable skate set that's capable of supporting the very largest loads, we're bound to have what you need here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys.com!
To order your moving skates, please select one of the following categories:
How to Use a Sack Truck
A sack truck is a useful and efficient way to transport heavy loads, which is why you will find them in most material handling workplaces. A high percentage of workplace injuries are a result of manual handling, so it's important to use the equipment correctly. To help avoid workplace injuries, we've put together a guide on how to use a sack truck correctly.
Before using you place items on a sack truck and attempt to use it, be sure to check the following things are in working order.
- Do the brakes work?
- Are the wheels working well?
- Is any part of the sack truck broken?
- Will the wheels cope with the terrain?
- Are you loading it with the correct weight? Will it go over the weight limit?
- Do you need to secure the load?
Once you have answered all of these questions and ensured the sack truck is working efficiently, it should be safe to use.
Sack trucks are relatively simple to use and do not require formal training to operate. First, load up the sack truck by placing the load on top of the toe. Ensure the items are stable and do not exceed the weight limit. If it is required, use a restraint to secure the load to the sack truck. A restraint like our 400kg Endless Cam Buckle Lashing Load Restraint Strap is ideal for this job.
Once the load is secured to your sack truck, use the handles to gently pull the top of the sack truck backward and push. The sack truck should move with ease (if it doesn't, you may have exceeded the weight limit or there's something wrong with the wheels). If you feel like the sack truck is dragging, your wheels may not be suitable for the terrain. To avoid this, follow the steps above before using your sack truck!
Before any heavy-duty moving operation is conducted, an assessment of the hazards should be taken to ensure safety. Things to look out for include:
- Will there be any uneven surfaces? If you will be going uphill or downhill or working on a platform, it is necessary to keep the wheels away from the edge and make sure you are able to push/pull the load without straining.
- Will there be any obstacles? There will typically be many other workers in your workplace, so work out where everyone will be to avoid any collisions.
- Have you assembled the load correctly? Be sure to always place the heavier items below the lighter items. This will prevent any items falling.
- Can you see where you're going? Make sure no objects are obscuring your view on the sack truck.
We hope this guide has helped provide you with some help on how to use a sack truck. We stock plenty of sack trucks here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys - if you'd like to browse our range, just click here!