Risk assessments are a process whereby a thorough evaluation is made to identify situations, methods and environments that have the ability to cause harm to individuals. Once these risks have been identified, an analysis and calculation are made on their severity and the measures required to effectively eliminate or control these risks from occurring. When it comes to manual handling and manual handling equipment especially, risk assessments are imperative to keeping workers and working environments safe, creating awareness of potential hazards, determining whether an intervention is necessary and more importantly to meet specific health and safety regulations.

Due to pallet trucks being one of the most common pieces of equipment used for manual handling tasks, we will run through some of the most important factors needed for an effective pallet truck risk assessment.

Performing an effective pallet truck risk assessment

Before tasks involving a pallet truck are conducted, it is advised that a risk assessment is completed to achieve the things listed above. This involves making a suitable assessment of all manual handling operations, which consists of looking into areas such as:

The task

The questions that need to be asked when assessing the task involved with a pallet truck are, do they involve:

  • Long carrying distances?
  • Strenuous pulling or pushing?
  • Unpredictable movement of loads?
  • Insufficient recovery or rest?

The loads

The questions that need to be asked when assessing the loads involved with a pallet truck are if they are:

  • Bulky/unwieldy?
  • Heavy?
  • Unstable/unpredictable
  • Difficult to grasp?

The working environment

The questions that need to be asked when assessing the working environment involved with a pallet truck are if there are:

  • Poor lighting conditions
  • Variations in levels
  • Constraints on posture
  • Poor floor quality
  • Hot/cold conditions

The pallet truck

The most important questions that need to be asked before using a pallet truck concern the pallet truck itself. You need to:

  • Inspect the pallet truck to see if it’s in generally good working condition
  • Check steering, forks, brakes, controls, hydraulics and warning devices (if fitted)
  • Inspect wheels to ensure they are not worn out or have any cracks or damage

Once these areas have been assessed for any potential risks and the appropriate corrective measures have been taken to reduce or eliminate them, the task that involves the pallet truck can safely begin.

For all of your tasks and jobs that require pallet pump trucks, be sure to visit our extensive range below, all of which are available to both purchase and hire. If you have any questions regarding our collection of pallet trucks, be sure to contact us today!

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The process of moving machinery can be not just a very strenuous and demanding task but a dangerous one. Being able to transport your machinery from point A to point B in the fastest and safest possible way is something that we would all like, as this eliminates the risk of serious injury. Here at Palletrucks-Trolleys, we like to pride ourselves on our ability to provide the best possible equipment in allowing you to do just this, with our range of Machinery Moving Skates. These are excellent when it comes to moving your goods that weigh between 8 and 36 tonnes, coming with an effective steering handle that provides fantastic manoeuvrability by controlling the two trailing skates. In order to prevent damage to floors, these skates are manufactured with polyurethane wheels, allowing you to move heavy duty and industrial machinery without having to worry about the impact on the working environment.

Despite having the equipment to move machinery, it is still imperative that you use our Machine Skates in the right way, utilising the correct safety measures. For more information on the safe use of our Machine Skates, read our blog here on How to Move Machinery.

Our Machine Skates range

 

32-tonne SWL Machine Moving Skates

Set comprised of:

- 1x 16-tonne steering unit

- 2x 8-tonne trailing skate

- 32 tonne Safe Working Load

- 1 Year Warranty

       

24 Tonne SWL Machinery Skate Set

   Set comprised of:

- 1x 12-tonne steering unit

- 2x 6-tonne trailing skate

- 24 tonne Safe Working Load

- Equipped with high-quality polyurethane wheels which help to prevent damage to floors

- Machinery Moving Skates are made for Heavy Duty / Industrial Use

- 1 Year Warranty

 

These are just two of our very effective and efficient Machine Skates products that we offer here at Palletruck-Trolleys. As you can see, they are able to carry and transport loads weighing up to 32-tonnes, so no matter what machinery you need moving, we are confident that you will get the job easily done with our skates. Just be sure to check that the SWL of your skate is enough to carry the load that you would like to transport. We understand that not everyone is able to commit to purchasing our Machine Skates. This may be due to not having the finances, the storage space or simply because you need them temporary for a one-off job. As a result, we offer a Machine Skates rental service on a number of our Machine Skates that allow you to hire the desired product for a short period of time. To complete a hire enquiry, simply select the ‘Hire Me’ option below the product that you want to hire and follow the easy on-screen instructions until your enquiry is complete. To view our full range of Machine Skates, hit the button below!

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If you’re struggling to get your machine skate rental quotation or have any questions regarding our range of Machine Skates or hire service, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of our customer service team by calling 0117 9381 600 or emailing sales@palletrucks-trolleys.com today!