Transitioning from Manual Hand Pallet Trucks to Electric Pallet Jacks
Many companies are tasked with improving efficiency & saving money. The easiest thing to do is simply look at the low hanging fruit and lower overall costs that are right in front of you. But what do you do when those decisions have already been made?
In those cases, you have to look at spending money in the short term to save even more in the long term. This can be accomplished by gaining efficiency, and making a safer work environment by reducing injuries for an overall return on investment (ROI). Finding those savings can be difficult at times and can only be found when thinking in a different, more creative manner.
A manual hand pallet truck can be purchased for less than $500 while an electric pallet truck can be purchased between $4000-$6000 dollars and requires a bit more maintenance and upkeep. However, many companies are now looking at migrating to electric pallet trucks to improve the speed of moving products from one point to another faster, and reducing time to pick, move, and ship.
A huge hidden cost that’s not always looked at, is workplace injuries caused by the additional physical requirements of using manual pallet jacks. The constant pumping motion required by employees, along with the manual pushing & pulling of heavy loads can cause shoulder injuries that can lead to productivity hours lost and worker compensation claims that can be in the thousands of dollars.
In some cases, one shoulder surgery would easily exceed the extra cost that electric pallet jacks would cost, but the safety budget and capital budgets of companies do not always interact to allow management to analyze this.
With proper training, warehouse employees can easily move to a more efficient, safe, and potentially cost saving program by moving from manual hand pallet trucks to electric pallet jacks in their daily operations.