Wrapping pallets is a necessary part of every secondary packaging operation. There are plenty of reasons why hand wrapping pallets is not the best option for warehouse workers or businesses. If you work in, manage, or own a warehouse, then discover why you shouldn’t hand wrap pallets.
It Can Cause Injuries To Workers
Hand wrapping pallets is a very dangerous and physically demanding activity. It requires workers to lift heavy loads, use back muscles that can become strained, and more. There is a hidden cost to hand wrapping pallets to be aware of. Secondary packaging operations that rely on hand wrapping pallets typically have more worker’s compensation cases than facilities that utilize automatic or semi-automatic pallet wrappers. This means there are typically more injuries due to hand wrapping pallets than with automatic pallet wrappers.
Hand Wrapping Pallets Is Inefficient
Hand wrapping pallets takes a considerable amount more time than allowing an automated pallet wrapper to handle the task. Pallets are difficult to wrap by hand and workers need frequent breaks to stretch and rest. Pallet wrapping machines never require rest and can keep working all day long. This means less time wasted wrapping pallets so your workers can get back to areas that need them the most.
Hand Wrapping Is Inconsistent
Hand wrapping pallets means the exposure of your products to human error. Containment force is the key to properly packed pallets—and, thus, safe products during shipments. Hand wrapping means the containment force level is never guaranteed. No matter the effort and attention workers detail put into wrapping the pallets, a human simply can’t reach the consistency of a machine when it comes to pallet wrapping.
There are a lot of more reasons why you shouldn’t hand wrap pallets. It should be avoided for added worker safety, increased efficiency, and improved consistency with product protection.