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Manufacturing expert endorses plastic pallets for safety

The managing director of an established manufacturing company has argued in favour of the use of plastic pallets in warehouses.

The use of standard wooden pallets in warehouses has been a long-standing practice, but it poses a potential risk to manual handling workers due to the possibility of splinters and resulting injuries. This is why new developments in pallet production utilizing plastic materials have emerged to address this issue, as they are incapable of splintering.

In most warehouses, items are stored on wooden pallets that are lifted by forklifts onto racks or storage trolleys. However, wood pallets are associated with three main drawbacks: they are heavy, prone to splintering and susceptible to becoming dirty. They are not recommended for areas requiring high hygiene standards such as food preparation facilities. Innovative plastic pallet designs have been developed that offer improved hygienic standards suitable for use with food products, while also being lightweight and crafted from polymers engineered not to crack or splinter.

These characteristics make plastic pallets safer and more manageable for manual handling workers if they need to lift empty pallets during periods when access to a forklift may be limited or unavailable.

C&T Matrix is a leading manufacturer specializing in producing lightweight plastic pallets designed specifically for the packaging industry. According to Simon Shenton, Managing Director at C&T Matrix:

“The positive feedback and growing popularity of these pallets demonstrate their effectiveness in improving safety, hygiene standards, as well as overall production processes within the packaging industry.”

The company’s plastic pallets have received enthusiastic support from customers who have ordered large quantities of them.

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