Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Manual vs Electric Pallet Jack


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We can thank Brad Birrenkott, Florida Lift Sales Team, for this insightful information helping a customer with the difference between the manual and electric pallet jacks.

“Thank you for the status update at L-3.  After reading about your purchase process it makes sense that there should be some justification for the purchase.  I did a little research myself that might be of assistance when compiling your evidence.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one-fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees (OSHA).

The stress of the manual jack can accumulate over a period of time.  Safety professionals teach that the preferred method for applying force is to push, rather than pull a load, but with manual pallet jacks, that practice is hard to follow.  I will say that in practical usage, both pushing and pulling are necessary to move, transport, and place a load. This is why electric pallet jacks were invented, to take the strain off the body and be able to move heavy loads safely and efficiently.

The general consensus regarding electric jacks vs. manual jacks can be summed up by the saying “an ounce of prevention vs. a pound of cure”.  According to United States Department of Labor companies should “utilize power equipment rather than manual to reduce ergonomic stresses.” http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/grocerywarehousing/transport_techniques.html.  By reducing the stress on your employees the L-3 has reduced the potential for employee injury and expensive compensation claims.

I hope this is of some assistance in your process and I look forward to following up soon.”


Brad Birrenkott

Florida Lift Systems, Inc.



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