Using a manual sealless tool is very important because it is what uses strapping to hold together those packages that contain many of the items that we buy in our stores every single day. The machine is loaded with a strapping that holds the packages together and it dispenses that strapping around the package for a secure hold. This makes shipping packages in bulk considerably easier than trying to load items into a shipping container one at a time. However, not only does a manual sealless tool make transporting materials quicker, but it is safer for both the product and those who must work around the product because the probability of the stacks falling over is reduced significantly. This means the company will save money through product that is not damaged during transport and by employees not being injured by improperly strapped products.
However, there are safety tips that must be followed when using these tools. It doesn't matter if it is the operator's first time or tenth time. It is important to keep all safety tips in mind to avoid any type of injury. Manual sealless tools do cut down on injuries that occur when trying to strap materials by hand, but that doesn't mean it is impossible for the tool itself to pose an issue.
Some of the most important safety instructions are very easy. They include:
- Listening to all safety instructions given by supervisors before commencing operating of the tool. Supervisors do know what they are talking about, so it is a great idea to listen.
- Being aware of the type of machine being used such as whether it is semi-automatic, automatic, or manual. This is important to know since each operates differently from one another.
- The machine must be programmed correctly. If there are any questions as to how to program the machine, be sure to ask the supervisor. If the machine is programmed for the wrong strapping, it can be dangerous for the materials and those around them due to instability.
- Be sure to check the strapping around the products after each strapping. Give it a firm tug even if the machine has a reputation for strapping the items correctly. This ensures that the items are strapped right and will not break during transport. If it is found that the strapping is weak and risks breaking, the procedure can be redone before that product is taken for shipment.
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to direct any and all questions to the supervisor since a simple mistake can result in serious injury and can be traced back to the person operating the manual sealless tool. The worst thing the machine operator can do is guess because guesses are not always correct.
These machines are definitely not for those who believe they are above the rules and don't have to listen although it all may seem like common sense to some. There is a different protocol for different types of material, so it is important to follow all instructions regarding the type of strapping, the programming, and other important factors that are listed in order to successfully and safely strap together goods for shipment. But most importantly, asking questions is key because asking questions is going to show an initiative to learn and a desire to listen, which means the supervisor will have a respect for those who really want to know and who want to make sure they are doing their job correctly. These are most likely going to be the individuals who are not the cause of accidents caused by improper strapping.
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