MOL regulations state that every employer must ensure its employees are properly trained and certified before they can operate an electric Walkie (Pallet truck) or other types of walkies.
Every year, there are thousands of senseless accidents in Canada and the USA. These accidents can be caused by operators not following safety procedures ( OSHA Safety Board). For reducing accidents, injuries, and deaths, effective Walkie Training is vital. We can all make our workplaces safer by doing our part.
The walkie, also known as the electric hand truck or the pallet truck, is widely used for ground-level order picking. The walkie is small but versatile and can be used to load, offload and move freight around a facility. You can choose from shorter, walk-only versions or longer, ride-on models. Some even come with an extra booster to increase speed.
All walkie trucks have the same basic features, but the control placements and general “feel” might be different. However, once you are familiar with how they work, you’ll be able to adapt to any electric pallet tractor.
The dangers of misuse of the walkie, even though it is small, should not be underestimated. Operators should be trained to understand the dangers of this small machine. The operator is exposed. Most electric walkies, unlike other forklifts, do not have a protected operator’s compartment. To avoid injury, the walkie-operator should always be alert and aware.
There are many models and designs of walkies. The most popular models include the Crown, Yale, Clark, and Raymond. These machines, which are also known as “electric power trucks”, are powered by electricity. The operator will have completed the walkie certification course to learn how to properly care for the machine and battery maintenance.