Hand trucks are a highly useful equipment in multiple warehouse situations. Where there’s a need to relocate heavy items, hand trucks may increase efficiency and also prevent back injuries that are a result of people lifting and transporting these items themselves.

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Care needs to be taken when using hand trucks in your warehouse. A primary consideration may be which material is best suited for the present situation. Steel hand trucks are reliable and durable but are also somewhat heavy. Steel tubing frames can be reinforced with horizontal braces and are hard wearing and are lighter in terms of weight. As steel is widely subject to rust, it should be coated with protective paint and special care applied if the coating is ruined, especially if it’s highly likely to be exposed to damp or rain. A preferable lighter alternative to steel may be aluminum. It’s also beneficial as it doesn’t rust in a similar way. Availability of necessary materials will likely vary from the style of hand trucks chosen. If very heavy or bulky items are to be transported, it will be worth checking if the straps are included to aid in attaching loads. Always take precaution when using hand trucks in your warehouse.

Tires used in conventional warehouse equipment are often of solid rubber. These tires tend to be durable and don’t require lots of maintenance. Also, they don’t ‘squat’ lower than normal when bearing a lot of weight. Pneumatic tires can be observed on various hand trucks. They are much better in absorbing shock in uneven surfaces and thus make transportation of items smoother, and pushing the load much easier. To guarantee the tires are properly inflated, you should make sure a pump and tire pressure gauge is readily available. A number of handle styles may also be considered. Though not always common, some go as far as to request a custom hand truck be specially made for use in their warehouse.

It is vital to follow the manufacturer guidelines about general safe usage and maximum load capacities when using hand trucks. When piling loads, a low center of gravity is favored. This means the heavy loads should be kept beneath the lighter ones. When high loads impair your visibility, seek assistance to avoid preventable accidents. All that’s needed is for someone to walk a slight distance ahead of you and move objects that are on your way while helping navigate and advising any people in your vicinity to keep a safe distance. Using hand trucks in your warehouse correctly can make manual transportation of items much quicker, safer and easier.