Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards/proper way to move a pallet jack

Advertisement


john wrote at 2012-09-02 13:52:56
Wrong wrong push never pull unless you want a back injury if you must pull pull with both hands one handed twists your body oh no there whent your back


Joe wrote at 2015-04-15 13:27:12
Mike,



I have been looking for opinions on the push versus pull when using a pallet jack.  I understand your recommendation to pull is probably the majority's opinion.  I firmly believe pushing a pallet jack is much safer because it allows for the user to use their legs and core strength to move the jack.  It also eliminates the strain on the users shoulders and lower back.  If the weight is great enough, pulling the jack also presents the opportunity to slip and fall.  


Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Mike Brown CSP Retired

Expertise

I specialize in the professional management of occupational safety and health as well as workers` compensation to reduce losses and improve production and address related issues through a comprehensive approach by senior management using proven principals.I worked for over twenty (20) years in the management of occupational safety, health and workers` compensation and safety training (Retired from employment in 1996 due to a stroke, which prevented the extensive travel required).

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.