Pallet Wrapping Guidelines
Why is it important to wrap palletised freight?
Wrapping palletised freight in stretch-wrap prevents damage or the loss of any products during transportation. Doing this also protects the pallet from any moisture and dust, ensuring items arrive in the very same condition in which they were sent.
Our step-by-step guide to safely wrapping palletised freight
Read our simple and effective guide on how to wrap your freight to ensure it is ready for its journey through our network
1. Clear the area
Work in a secure area clear of any hazards and make sure you observe health and safety procedures.
2. Secure the wrap
Unroll around 60cm of wrap/ stretch film, secure the wrap to the base of the pallet and then fasten it around the corner of the block of the pallet.
3. Step back
Grip the roll of wrap at either end, but do not put your hands inside the roll.
Starting at the base, move backwards around the pallet, wrapping as you go.
Wrapping the pallet base along with the freight, pull tightly as you move around the pallet.
4. Pull and stretch
Continue tightly wrapping, rising, and lifting the roll of wrap to enclose the consignment.
Wrap the goods until you are sure the consignment is secure.
5. Top it off
Twist the wrap around and over one of the consignment’s top corners.
Pull the roll across the top, twisting wrap around the opposite corner.
Repeat this process, alternating corners, until there is adequate coverage.
6. Label and ship
Attach the wrap to the body of the consignment to seal.
Great job, your pallet is now ready to be labelled and shipped.
Health and safety tips for wrapping freight
Use an automatic pallet wrapping machine wherever possible and if you are dealing with large pallets consider using an ergonomically correct dispenser. This will help avoid back problems, which can develop from too much bending down and walking to the side.
If you are wrapping several pallets at once, rotate the task between workers if possible, or take regular breaks to avoid any back strain or pain.