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Pallet Jack Powered Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for working with powered pallet jacks! Our SWMS is designed to help you create a safer workplace for your team, without any of the hassle. Here are the key features of our SWMS:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS comes pre-filled with all the necessary information to get you started quickly. It is comprehensive and covers all the critical details to ensure that you have a complete understanding of the project requirements and expectations.
  • Fully editable and customisable: Our SWMS comes in a Microsoft Word format, making it easy for you to edit and customise it according to your specific needs. You can add or remove details, change procedures, or even insert your company logo.
  • Includes the scope of the project and project details: Our SWMS includes a detailed scope of the project, outlining what the project entails and what your team needs to do to complete the job safely.
  • Includes checklist of high-risk machinery on site: We have included a checklist of any high-risk machinery on site, ensuring that all potential hazards are identified and mitigated before commencing work.
  • Includes space for recording any staff training: Our SWMS includes a section for recording staff training, ensuring that your team members are adequately trained before commencing work.
  • Includes before and after risk ratings: We have included a before and after risk rating section, allowing you to evaluate the effectiveness of your safety measures.
  • Includes resources for use of legislative references: Our SWMS includes resources for the use of legislative references, ensuring that you comply with relevant legal requirements.
  • Includes all PPE required: Our SWMS includes a comprehensive list of all the PPE required for the project, ensuring that your team is adequately protected.
  • Includes risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, ensuring that you identify, evaluate and control all potential hazards and risks.
  • Includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS: We have included a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, leaving nothing to chance.
  • Includes sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone is aware of their obligations and that all safety measures have been implemented.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: Our SWMS is designed to be user-friendly and easy to use. We have also made sure that it is easy to customise according to your specific needs.
  • Suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work, ensuring that you can bid for and complete high-value projects with confidence.
  • Instantly delivered download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, ensuring that you can get started on your project straight away.

With our SWMS, you can be sure that you are taking all the necessary steps to keep your team safe while working with powered pallet jacks. So why wait? Download our SWMS today and get started on your next project!

Here is some safety information related to working with powered pallet jack.


  • Striking objects or other people with the pallet jack.
  • Overturning the pallet jack, causing injury to the operator and bystanders.
  • Tripping over objects on the floor.
  • Slipping on wet or oily surfaces.
  • Straining muscles from pushing and pulling heavy loads.
  • Crushing hands or feet under the pallet jack or loads.
  • Electrical hazards from the operation of the pallet jack.

Risk Control Measures:

Before using a powered pallet jack:

  • Ensure the pallet jack is in good working condition.
  • Inspect the area for any potential hazards such as uneven surfaces, debris, or obstacles.
  • Check that the load is secure on the pallet jack before moving it.
  • Ensure that the load does not exceed the maximum weight capacity of the pallet jack.

During pallet jack operations:

  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety shoes, high visibility vest, and gloves.
  • Keep hands and feet away from the wheels and moving parts of the pallet jack.
  • Follow safe lifting techniques when loading and unloading the pallet jack.
  • Never ride on the pallet jack or allow others to do so.
  • Do not exceed the maximum speed limit of the pallet jack.
  • Use the horn to alert others when approaching blind corners or intersections.
  • Avoid sudden stops and starts to prevent loads from falling or shifting.
  • Do not attempt to move loads that are too heavy or awkward to handle safely.
  • Use warning signs or barriers to prevent unauthorised access to areas where pallet jack operations are taking place.
  • Turn off the pallet jack and unplug it from the power source before performing any maintenance or repairs.
  • Report any defects or malfunctions of the pallet jack to a supervisor or manager immediately.

Emergency Procedures:

  • In the event of an accident or emergency, stop the pallet jack immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.
  • Notify a supervisor or manager of the incident.
  • Secure the area and provide first aid to any injured person.
  • Preserve the scene for investigation purposes.


All workers involved in pallet jack operations must receive adequate training and instruction on the safe operation of the pallet jack. The training should cover the following topics:

  • Hazards associated with pallet jack operations.
  • Risk control measures to be implemented.
  • Safe lifting techniques.
  • Proper use of PPE.
  • Emergency procedures.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hello, everyone! Today we’re gonna talk about a really important topic – the dangers and safety recommendations when working with a powered pallet jack. It might not seem like the most exciting topic, but trust me, it’s something that could literally save your life.

First of all, let’s talk about the dangers. I know some of you might think, “Oh, it’s just a pallet jack, how dangerous could it be?” Well, the truth is, it can be pretty dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. One of the biggest dangers is tipping over. If the load you’re carrying is too heavy or unbalanced, the pallet jack could tip over and cause serious injury or even death. Another danger is running into people or objects. A powered pallet jack can move pretty fast, and if you’re not paying attention, you could easily run into someone or something and cause damage.

So, how do you stay safe when working with a powered pallet jack? First of all, make sure you’re properly trained. Don’t just assume you know how to use it because you’ve seen other people use it before. Take the time to learn the proper techniques and safety procedures. This includes things like knowing the weight capacity of the pallet jack, making sure the load is properly balanced, and keeping your hands and feet away from moving parts.

Another important safety recommendation is to always wear the proper protective gear. This includes things like steel-toed shoes, gloves, and a hard hat. You never know when something could fall or tip over, and you want to make sure you’re protected in case of an accident.

One thing that’s often overlooked when it comes to working with powered pallet jacks is the importance of good communication. If you’re working in a team, make sure everyone knows what their role is and what they’re responsible for. This includes things like signalling when it’s safe to move the pallet jack, keeping a safe distance from the moving equipment, and making sure the load is properly secured.

Finally, don’t be afraid to speak up if you notice something isn’t right. If you see someone operating a pallet jack in an unsafe manner, say something. It could literally save their life or the life of someone else.

Now, I know some of you might be thinking, “Gary, this all sounds like common sense. Why are you even talking about it?” Well, the truth is, it’s not common sense for everyone. I’ve seen too many people get injured or even killed because they didn’t follow proper safety procedures when working with powered pallet jacks. Don’t be one of those people. Take the time to learn the proper techniques and safety procedures, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

In conclusion, working with a powered pallet jack can be dangerous if you’re not careful. But by following these safety recommendations, you can greatly reduce your risk of injury or even death. Remember to always wear the proper protective gear, communicate effectively with your team, and never hesitate to speak up if you notice something isn’t right. Stay safe out there, and until next time, peace!


Pallet Jack Powered Safe Work Method Statement

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