Proper pre-trip

Keeps all body parts within the equipment

Four points of contact with machine

Looks in the direction of travel before moving one inch

Travels with the base of the machine first

Sounds horn and makes eye contact when approaching anyone

Uses the S.L.Y. method - Slow down, Lay on the horn and Yield - At doorways, curtains and corners

Proper lifting techniques

Aware of surroundings at all times

Sounds horn and yields while entering the dock area and exiting a trailer

Maintains a safe following distance while following other equipment

Complete stop before dismounting

Three bays away from forklift operator making a drop

Does not step on pallets or forks of machine

Does not walk in front of moving jack

Knows work rule 1-18 - Accident, injury and incident reporting

Loading Methods

Loader arrives for work on time dressed in proper clothing for all areas

Employee participates in pre-shift stretch

Loader obtains SLS equipment

Walk to jack, scan equipment ID, inspect, key-in equipment safety inspection results and mount

Prior to commencing loading trailers, loader verifies work assignment with supervisor (if any)

Loader reads and follows SLS message screen instructions from supervisor (if any)

Loader views and advances the SLS screen noting "number of pallets by batch", "total pallets", "total cube"

Loader arrives at work station and takes first routes goes to assigned doors and begins loading

Open dock door, open trailer door, activate safety hook, activate dock plate

Trailer stripped

Trailer washed

Empties trailer of any leftover empty pallets or ice cream totes - Transports them to the appropriate area

Reads load sheet and looks over load area

Loader scans SLS screen for first/next pallet to load - Lowest stop number on right hand side of trailer with high stops on left hand side - Keeping in mind balance of load

Loader scans float label of pallet to be loaded - Verifies product on pallet matches float label and scans trailer barcode - All hand stacked/merged pallets are to be scanned into the trailer

Loader is to obtain all product from staged locations near the door being worked - Loader may have to go to the fresh meat receiving area to pick up cross-dock items

Loader is to strap ALL pallets over 40 cubes (half a pallet) - Loader is careful not to strap pallets to tight damaging product - Looking for product like bread, eggs, foam cups, etc - Last pallet on both sides MUST be strapped

An insulation wall (bulkhead) shall be installed between the freezer pallets and the rest of the trailer - Absolutely no frozen on rear of the trailer - All frozen is to be bulk-headed

Absolutely no protein shall be loaded on top of another pallet. (fresh fish, poultry, beef, pork) - Special handling is required when dealing with fresh fish ensuring Styrofoam is not damaged - If Styrofoam is damaged call a supervisor

Split orders should be loaded on the back of the trailer

All cooler pallets are to be covered with a pallet blanket before being loaded - If the blanket is not spread out over the pallet call for supervisor or spread them out

Partial, small cube and/or few piece pallets may need to be combined onto another pallet - All pallet labels must be scanned to the trailer

If pallets are emptied after hand stacking, transport the pallets to the empty pallet location in one trip and drop them to the empty pallet staging area

A hand or electric pallet jack is loaded under the last pallet every load when specified

Damaged product is immediately brought to a supervisor's attention

Irregular and unusual occurrences that affect the overall load quality should be brought to a supervisors attention in a timely manor

When finished loading a trailer the loader retracts the dock plate, closes the dock door, keys-in any required SLS info still outstanding and goes to the work station to pick up next load sheet - Loader is to fill out required info on bottom of load sheet (trailer # pallet jack, and initials)

Loader takes only allocated time for breaks and lunches - The loader is to always work on at least two routes at once

Works at a reasonable pace at all times. If the loaders hours are almost up, he/she must pick up his/her next route and complete it

If the loader has no pallets at his/her doors he/she must see a supervisor

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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.