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Question 385 October 2005

Manual Handling loading / unloading boxes

Do those companies that entail operatives leaning into and out of cardboard boxes to place or pick out products have any best practice ideas to aid the manual handling task?

We currently use cardboard boxes that are approximately 1500 x 800 x 750 to put products in and also have base products delivered in this size box as well. Some of the thoughts are to cut the sides down on the boxes for easy access, but using a saw will damage/contaminate the product, and we have not come across a knife that will do the job safely as the cardboard is fairly thick around 12 to 15mm thick. Are there any types of boxes that have collapsible sides if so where can these be sourced? So we can discuss with our suppliers. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.


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  • GKN
  • Next plc

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