Please review this information to allow you to make the proper pallet wrapping decision. Knowing and understanding the hazards and risks OSHA has outlined will allow you to make a more informed and safer decision.
Hand wrapping pallets is an extremely difficult job if it is done correctly, and a common source of employee back injuries when performed incorrectly. Unfortunately, training for safe manual pallet wrapping is rarely available and is typically “on-the-job” training. The human form is simply not designed to walk hunched over manipulating an 8-10 lbs weight, while also trying to pull enough tension into the film to hold the pallet load together. Then 20 seconds later you are holding the same roll of stretch film above your head to do the top of the pallet, again tugging on the film using only your back and arm muscles.
This arduous task put employees at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). OSHA notes that many accidents and work related injuries are caused by hand wrapping pallets. The cost of these work related accidents are never considered until it is too late.
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The following information was produced by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and is available on their website (www.osha.gov ).
> OSHA & Safety in Pallet Wrapping
> OSHA: Potential hazards (and solutions) of pallet wrapping
> OSHA: Pallet wrapping case study