Powered pallet trucks are the cause of many thousands of accidents in the workplace each year. This is often due to a lack of proper training or supervision, with many employers underestimating the danger of these powerful small vehicles. In this article, you’ll learn how to avoid danger while operating a powered pallet truck.
What is a powered pallet truck?
A powered pallet is the powered version of the simple pallet truck, which is a small cart on wheels with two forks at the front which are used to carry pallets. Pallets are the flat wooden crates which boxes and other items are stacked onto, so that they can then be stacked in warehouses or shop stores. The powered pallet has a small engine which means that the operator doesn’t have to push the cart manually.
Safety tips for operating a powered pallet truck
- Always ensure that the plug for the cable for your battery powered pallet truck is turned off at the wall before removal
- Ensure that the cable is fully wound up and put away before operation
- Do not operate your powered pallet truck in an area where there are pedestrians
- Drive slowly, and always slow down when turning corners
- The pallet should be lowered when driving at all times
- Never attempt to carry more weight than your pallet truck’s maximum allowance
- Never operate a powered pallet truck if you haven’t been fully trained in its use
- Never operate a powered pallet truck without proper supervision
- Never operate a powered pallet truck in an area where there are multiple small obstacles
Have you been injured in an accident with a powered pallet truck?
No matter whether you were the operator of the pallet truck or you were injured by another driver, if you have been injured in an accident at work you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists to compensate the victims of others’ negligence for their physical suffering and financial losses.
Accident Advice Helpline
To find out more and discuss your particular situation in detail, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to let you know whether someone else may be to blame for your accident, and how much compensation you could potentially receive. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation with the personal endorsement of TV personality Esther Rantzen. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: March 3, 2014
Author: David Brown