Let’s start with a shocking statistic:
A study by the US Office for Health & Safety found that 30% of the $20 billion lost on damaged merchandise was caused by using an unsuitable box cutter.
The shockingly high statistic of thirty percent leads to the question- what is a suitable box cutter? Whilst a large majority of people are guilty of improperly opening boxes it is important to educate ourselves on the best process.
The same study found that:
9.46% of lost-time injuries reported by stockers and baggers are due to cuts, lacerations and skin punctures.
However, it should be taken into account that a high majority of these incidents are not reported. As such, we can expect the figures to be even higher.
Box cutters come in many shapes and sizes,with a wide range of functionalities. Here are some of the features to look out for:
A thumbnail cutter cuts along a taped carton seam. It is made of or reinforced with metal to make it more durable and as it’s quite stubby with a slightly rounded tip it can’t damage anything more than the packing tape. We offer MA1, FSC and CX3 within our range.
String and Plastic Strap Cutter
This small, retractable hooked blade that does what it says on the box. Whilst parcels rarely come tied up in string, plastic strap is commonly used and a safety cutter is the perfect companion to all operatives.
From removing stretch film from palletised consignments to safely slicing open a polythene mailing bag, this partially concealed blade can safely stow away in your pocket and won’t accidently slice a bit off your finger if your hand gets in the way. We offer the Kinetix® Stretch Film Cutter, a popular component in the film slitter range.
A staple remover will take staples out easily, neatly and safely. We offer product R3, the Rapid Staple Remover for basic removal of staples but if you are looking for a tool that ‘does it all’ the Pacplus® Multipurpose Carton Opener cuts, opens and removes staplers, covering all your basic needs.
Ergonomic grip cutters have a properly designed body that is comfortable to use correctly will also be faster and safer.
Returning to the above-mentioned study we read that issuing safe, appropriate cutters to personnel can result in a 70-90% reduction in accidents. Furthermore, the study calculates that in the retail sector, a 300-store chain can achieve savings of $5-10 million a year in avoided accidents and prevented damage, just by implementing the use of appropriate safety cutters.
Popular knife and cutter searches on the Southgate web site include:
- BNL/BNR Pacplus left- and right-handed retractable cutters
- CPK9/CPK18 Pacplus 9mm and 18mm snap-off retractable blade knives
- CX3 Pacplus Cruze Cutter® multifunction cutter
- MRK Pacplus retractable blade ‘Stanley’ knife
- CHS Safety Cutter
- BSC Pacplus® Box Cutter
- KNR/KNL Kinetix® Right- and left-handed Safety Cutter
- EST-G Pacplus® Flat Head Safety Cutter
- SSC10 Safeguard® Extra Heavy Duty Cutter
- FSC Pacplus® Heavy Duty Multifunction Cutter
- FET-G Pacplus® Metal Head Safety Cutter
- SSC08 Safeguard® Heavy Duty Steel Strap Safety Cutter
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Southgate supply a wide range of safety knives and cutters through their network of approved suppliers, throughout the UK and across Europe. For more information call 01553 69 29 69 or email email@example.com