Video Blog: Wood vs. Corrugated Pallets: Safety Comparison

Posted by Daniel Beighle on March 19,2019

Safety Benefits of a Corrugated Pallet when Compared to a Wood Pallet

Handling a wood pallet is fraught with safety concerns. Splinters, wood fragments, staples and nails can lodge into skin or contaminate products carried on the pallet. This is especially concerning in industries where palletized materials later come in contact with skin, such as woven and non-woven material. Wood fragments are also troubling when packaging requires regulation such as pharmaceutical products or food items.

Lightweight Stacking 

Related to safety, a falling stack of wooden pallets would carry far more energy to the ground than a stack of the same number of corrugated pallets. Imagine a falling tree limb versus an empty corrugated box. Which one sounds more dangerous?

Snag-free Handling

For industries transporting goods packaged in sacks and bags, nails and staples from a poorly constructed, worn, or damaged wood pallet can rip and tear packaging causing product loss and damage. This is a potential danger for handlers working with bags, especially those carrying hazardous materials. Not to mention the financial impact for ruined product or shipments.

Clean and Hygienic 

Corrugated pallets are assembled with heavy-duty, durable glue and leave little to no debris. Wood pallets, especially used ones, leave behind dirt, splinters, nails and are often riddled with insects and microorganisms such as mold and fungus. Due to these organisms, wood pallets must be heat treated prior to export, whereas corrugated pallets comply with phytosanitary regulation..

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Daniel Beighle

Daniel Beighle

Design Engineer and Quality Coordinator at Conitex Sonoco