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