The first pallet distribution network in the UK to introduce a 750kg weight limit, the Fortec Distribution Network, is committed to keeping it in place.
Craig Johnson, Fortec’s Business Unit Director said the weight limit, introduced in October 2015, will stay because it is an important safeguard for the welfare of members’ employees.
Johnson said it was disappointing that the Health & Safety Executive had recently decided to not impose a maximum weight limit on pallets by law.
He said: “If HSE had ruled in favour of the 750kg restriction it would have been a significant improvement on the current situation.
“We implemented the 750kg maximum for tail lifts for a variety of reasons, one of the prime reasons being the health and safety of the people working in our network.
“We worked very hard with our members and their customers to introduce the restriction and despite the HSE not imposing a maximum weight we will still maintain our operations at this standard.
“Safety is our first priority and we will continue to ensure people’s welfare is at the forefront of our operations.”