Dairy plant-Handling of milk crate stacks

Last post 10-12-2014, 8:37 PM by herndon720. 4 replies.
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  •  01-08-2008, 4:17 PM 2152

    mocano is not online. Last active: 09-28-2009, 5:11 PM mocano

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  • Dairy plant-Handling of milk crate stacks


    I would like to hear your opinion about an observation that I made at a dairy plant.  The way that the milk crates are moved from the refrigerated warehouse inside delivery trucks is by stacking the crates 4-5 high and then pulling them with some metal hook and dragging them on the floor and into the truck.  There have been several shoulder and back injuries from this practice and I was wondering if there is a better way to do this kind of work.  The floor is fairly smooth to make it easier to drag the crate stacks and it looks like this is common practice.  Any thoughts/comments on how to improve the process and prevent more injuries?

  •  01-09-2008, 9:44 AM 2153 in reply to 2152

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  • Re: Dairy plant-Handling of milk crate stacks

    In my past life I use to do this very thing.  The sliding on the floor wasn’t really all that hard but transferring from the floor to the truck is where the problem can.  We started to use a rolling conveyer to transfer from the store to the truck.   The conveyer was set up at waist high to limit the driver from bending twice with the load. 

  •  01-09-2008, 2:35 PM 2156 in reply to 2152

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  • Re: Dairy plant-Handling of milk crate stacks

    I suppose there may be a reason this practice has developed, but why not use a 2 wheeled hand truck to move the pile of crates?  They can be purchased with 12" deep load platforms and shock cords to hold the load (the crates) in place.  A supply house like McMaster Carr has them for around $125.  Cheap compared to worker's comp claims........
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  • Re: Dairy plant-Handling of milk crate stacks

         I'm curious about details on these shoulder and back injuries. Did they in fact happen at the transition point from dock to trailer or truck floor? Did they happen because the worker continually used their dominant hand / arm 90% of the time? These kinds of details might help you formulate a better ergonomic method.
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  • Re: Dairy plant-Handling of milk crate stacks

    Hey, my name is Joshua Herndon and I work as the Senior Shipping Clerk for PET Dairy in Savannah, GA. There are multiple ways of doing this but and ways that we did it before the pallet jack was introduced to our company. We used to take dawn dishsoap and spray it all over the dock and get it slightly wet with water and they slide better with a hook. The other way and most common is to use a hand-truck or dolly. As for now, we are pulling pallets of milk off the trailers and setting them in front of the trucks to pull them with a hook into the truck. Before we got the pallet jack, the dawn dishsoap was all we had and it worked good up until the pallet jack. I found this forum trying to find some hooks or find the name of the crate hooks.
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