TPN launches the first ePOD-based tail-lift checklist for driver safety

TPN launches the first ePOD-based tail-lift checklist for driver safetyTHE Pallet Network (TPN) is the first network to have included the driver risk assessment system for tail-lift deliveries as part of its ePOD application.

The Driver Checklist is the suggestion of the new industry best practice Tail-lift and Pallet Truck Safety Guidance Document, which launched earlier this month. Its aim is to improve driver and public safety during tail-lift deliveries.

Drivers should use this checklist to do dynamic risk assessments of each tail-lift delivery in order to ensure their own and the public’s safety.

TPN is the first pallet network to go live with the ePOD risk assessment capability, having developed it into the app before the guidance was released.

TPN MD Mark Kendall says: “We always look ahead to what the network or the market will need next so that we are ready to go when the need arises. We believe in being proactive and not reactive, particularly when it comes to safety and good service.”

The Tail-lift Delivery and Pallet Truck Guidance suggests that drivers check the following during their risk assessment:

  • That the vehicle is parked safely and without causing obstruction
  • The ground is level and firm
  • The pallet is in a suitable condition to be moved
  • Pedestrians are at a safe distance
  • The pallet can be moved and manoeuvred without causing injury
  • There is a suitable route from the vehicle to the point of delivery
  • The driver considers the delivery can be made safely.
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