Video Strapping v Stretch film
Getting a back injury or sprain is really easy, particularly if you work in a packing dept manually applying stretch film to pallets. Think about it - walk backwards in spirals around the pallet, crouched over a roll of stretch film, leaning backwards to apply sufficient pressure to stretch the film to enable it secure product to pallet, finishing off by holding the roll of film above shoulder level to apply top protect and increasing risk of injury to shoulders as well as back. See the video
The musco skeletal configuration of a human is simply unsuited to this type of operation and risk assessment procedures and recommendations cannot produce
documentation that would reduce this activity from the current high risk category. Back injury is guaranteed, sooner or later, perhaps coupled with trip injuries caused by a degree of dizziness following the completion of the operation. Increasing awareness of these issues is causing more Companies to revert to using plastic strapping to eliminate these risks, reduce costs and make the securing of product onto pallets easier and faster, using simple low cost strapping machines, the best of which can be seen on www.pscl.co.uk or view the video Strapping Made Easy! now.