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OSHA Pallet Wrapping

Stretch Wrapping Pallets
Potential Hazards and Possible Solutions

OSHAU.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Potential Hazards:

  • After a load has been built, it is generally wrapped with plastic to maintain its integrity during transit.

    Employees may be injured when performing this task manually.

    They must bend at the waist to wrap the bottom of the pallets while supporting the plastic dispenser (Fig. 11).

  • Employees often stick their fingers into the open end of the tubes to stream off the wrap.

    This increases the risk of cuts to the fingers.

Hand Wrapping Injuries
Employee wrapping pallet.

Possible Solutions:

  • Use an automatic or semi automatic plastic wrapping machine with palletized product sitting on a turntable (Fig. 12).

    This ensures the employee will not have to bend at the waist to wrap the pallet.

  • If manual wrapping must be performed, use rolls that weigh as little as possible to minimize the lifting hazard.

    A handle (Fig. 13) will prevent employees from placing their fingers into the tube, thus decreasing the risk of cuts.

Stretch Wrapper
Fig. 12: 
Wrapping Machine.

Hand Wrapper
Fig. 13:
Manual Wrapper.

We have many stretch wrapping solutions available to allow you to ensure you meet these OSHA concerns while improving your package and film costs.

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> OSHA & Safety in Pallet Wrapping

> OSHA: Potential hazards (and solutions) of pallet wrapping

> OSHA: Pallet wrapping case study

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