When it is time to upgrade to a new pallet wrapper, you may not even know it. Let's face it, the old one is still doing the job, it still seems to be wrapping okay, you aren't having any hassles with it, except for the occasional maintenance it needs, and you are wondering if you should keep using it, or perhaps getting a new one would be a better option.
This is a guest post by Adam Cahill from Supply Pointe.
Let me tell you something you already know: Pallet costs add up fast. Sure, each pallet you buy probably costs less than $20, but when multiplied by hundreds or thousands over dozens of shipments, the costs make a serious dent in your bottom line. If you’re feeling the pinch of pallet costs, consider these seven ways to save.
Risks lurking in the warehouse
Material handling is inherently risky. Whether it be operating a forklift, loading pallets into a truck, or even pulling a pallet jack, the warehouse world is the source of a surprisingly high percentage of industrial accidents and injuries.
Forklift are traditionally thought of as one of the greatest dangers. Weight, power and speed all contribute to the risk. But consistent efforts by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has raised awareness of risks of forklift operations - for operators and by standers. Operator training and safety requirements have reduced injuries, although there are still too many.
Surprisingly though, the pallet jack alternative, which is often perceived as the safer solution, can be risky. OSHA's stats on pallet jack safety tell an interesting tale. In fact they illustrate a critically important point - pallet jacks are involved in a number of serious injuries.