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Top 9 most common mistakes that can lead to damage to the plastic pallet and its load

1. Turning before the forks have completely cleared the pallet

Always make sure the forks are completely clear of the plastic pallet before turning.

2. Carrying plastic pallets too low

By transporting too low, there is chance that the pallet and load hit the ground when for instance driving across a threshold or uneven terrain. Driving up and down a ramp can also lead to problems this way.

3. “Throwing” or unnecessary sliding of pallets, or letting them lie about

Letting pallets lie about creates dangerous situations and increases the chance of accidents. By unnecessarily throwing them and sliding them across the ground, plastic pallets are in practice also often damaged.

4. Forks not horizontal and load too far out

By making sure the forklift’s forks are horizontal when loading and off-loading, raising and placing the plastic pallets, unnecessary damage to the pallets is prevented.

5. Right length of the forks

When the forks are too long and stick out from the back excessively, there is chance that the load behind it may be damaged. However, if the load is placed too far on the ends of the forks, there is the chance of an overturning load and damage to the plastic pallets. The distance between forks is also important to transport the load with stability. The distance between forks should be around 60% the width of the plastic pallet.

6. Right distance between forks

The distance between forks is also important to transport the load with stability. The distance between forks should be around 60% the width of the plastic pallet.

7. Incorrect racking of plastic pallets in pallet racks

Racking load is the maximum load of a pallet in a pallet rack without insert plates in an evenly spread load of the pallet. The pallets are tested with an evenly spread load of 25 kg bags.

8. Incorrect assumption of static load

Static load is the maximum load of a plastic pallet when placed on an even surface. If there are several stacked pallets, the total weight determines the load on the bottom pallet.

9. Too high dynamic load of plastic pallets

Dynamic load is the maximum load of a pallet during transport by a forklift or a pallet truck in an evenly spread load of the pallet.

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