Pallet loaders and unloaders are machines that are used to move heavy loads. They are often used in factories, warehouses, and other industrial settings. They can be used for a variety of purposes, including moving goods from one location to another. Pallet loaders and unloaders are often equipped with sensors that allow them to detect obstacles, but sometimes the sensors malfunction. They also have mechanisms that allow them to lift heavy weights. This makes them ideal for moving large amounts of cargo.
Here are four of the most common types of pallet loader and unloader injuries:
1. Pallet Jams: When a pallet is loaded incorrectly, it can become trapped between the loader’s roller and the pallet support. This can cause extreme stress on the machine and its operator, as well as potential injury.
2. Falling Objects: If an object falls off a pallet while it is being loaded or unloaded, it can cause serious injury. Falls from high places account for the majority of pallet loader and unloader injuries, so always be aware of your surroundings when working with loads of heavy objects.
3. Being Touched by Objects Moving at High Speeds: As with any type of equipment that moves quickly, being touched by an object moving at high speeds can result in serious injury. Keep bags and other objects away from moving parts on your machine at all times to avoid accidents like this.
4. Electrical Shock: Electrical shocks can also be deadly if they occur while loading or unloading pallets and the machine is producing or conducting a high voltage. The electric current can be discharged into a nearby worker and cause an electrocution event.
If you have been injured by a pallet loader or unloader, contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options.