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Where should you park your pallet jack so it’s in a safe place?

At the end of a shift, a pallet jack operator should make sure the pallet jack is placed in a safe area. If it’s an electric walkie, keys should be stored in a safe place. They can be a hazard if they’re in a place which causes an obstruction, so let’s look at where you shouldn’t leave one:

  • Blocking a doorway, including emergency exits
  • Blocking a gate
  • Fully or partially blocking a passageway
  • On a ramp or incline
  • Where other vehicles need to drive around it or might come into contact with it (for example, next to rubbish bins)
  • Next to a first aid station
  • Next to a heat source
  • In a dark area where it might not be easily seen

Where can you park it?

  • In a charging area while it’s being charged
  • In a designated area of the warehouse that is marked or (preferably) separated by some kind of barrier
  • With the forks in a pallet so that they are not a trip hazard, and the handle stored vertically
  • Indoors – it’s better for maintaining it
  • Where someone on the following shift will know where to find it
  • In a place agreed by management
A dedicated area for electric pallet jacks to be parked, charged and maintained. Note the pedestrian walkway to the left
The forks are in the pallet so they’re not a trip hazard, and the handle is vertical
Remove the key from electric pallet jacks at the end of the shift and store it in a safe, secure place so that unauthorised people cannot use it.

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