|Packout - General
Task 5: Stack Off
The stack off employee is responsible for removing boxes, which may weigh 40-80 pounds, from the conveyer and stacking them on pallets. Palletized loads are then stored or loaded onto trucks.
Hazards of this task may include:
and twisting while lifting heavy loads
Stacking full boxes forces employees
to bend the torso forward to place the box on the pallet, or to lift the
box up to or above head height to place it on the top of the stack. This
can result in back injuries since boxes can weigh up to 80 pounds.
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the weight of boxes and arrange the workstation so loads lifted
are safe according to the NIOSH
the size of the box or decrease
the amount of weight to be lifted.
Provide lift assists, so boxes
may be lifted from the conveyor with the assist and placed on
or scissor lifts for employees so they do not need to bend
over to place boxes on pallets lying on floors.
new workstation where elevated, as well as low, lifts have been
employees to tasks that do not require heavy lifting.
Slips, trips, and falls
Employees must often move pallets of product with a hand jack
while stepping on wet slippery surfaces, resulting in possible slips and
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possible, replace manual operations with automated operations.
a plan to keep water off walkways.
- Use non-slip floor surfaces.
- Provide employees with non-slip