5 Must-Know Facts for Safe Pallet Stacking

5 Must-Know Facts for Safe Pallet Stacking

May 04, 2022

 

No one wants to get hurt on the job. Aside from the obvious (getting hurt hurts!), workplace injuries are also just an administrative drag. Filling out Worker’s Comp and OSHA paperwork, rewriting SOPs and running extra compliance reporting can add further “insult to injury.” That’s why it’s on all of us to follow pallet safety guidelines and prevent workplace accidents.

Pallet stacking can be dangerous – broken pallets, too-tall stacks and unsafe lifting all present opportunities for injury. Fortunately, there are easy ways to reduce the risk of harm and avoid that dreaded stack of paperwork. By stacking pallets correctly, you can prevent injuries, clear your docks faster and even reduce labor costs. Follow these tips to stack pallets safely and efficiently every time.

How to stack pallets safely

  1. Make sure your pallet stacking height is right. When stacking CHEP pallets for CHEP LVR pickup, make sure to only stack 15 pallets high to safely fit in our box trucks. When loading pallets into a semi-truck or semi-truck flatbed trailer, pallets can be safely stacked 18 high for transport. According to NFPA guideline 34.10.3.3, idle pallet stacks should not exceed 15 feet in height. Taller stacks are slower and less safe to move, requiring a forklift to make them shorter. 
  2. Form a strong base. The bottom pallet forms the foundation for the rest of the stack. Keep everyone safe by placing pallets on a smooth, even surface, and always make sure they’re right-side-up.  And never stack pallets on their side. Following OSHA guideline 1910.176(b), make sure pallets are “stacked, blocked, interlocked and limited in height so that they are stable and secure against sliding or collapse.”
  3. Group like pallets together. You may encounter several types of pallets every day. Try to keep the same pallet types together – whitewood with whitewood, blue CHEP with blue CHEP, plastic with plastic – to ensure an even stack. You will be able to better assess your fire safety risk, as well as increase your efficiency in clearing your docks. Pallet poolers like CHEP can collect pallets faster when they’re separated into neat, CHEP-only pallet stacks.
  4. Never manually stack or drag pallets. Avoid injury by using a pallet jack to reposition pallets every time.
  5. Keep pallets in designated areas away from walkways. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 15 percent of all accidental deaths in the workplace are caused by slips, trips or falls. Keep everyone safe by maintaining clear walkways free of pallets or debris.

Safe pallet stacking guidelines should be included as part of your facility safety plan. For more tips on safe pallet stacking, visit OSHA Standards, NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) or contact your CHEP representative today.

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