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The Timber Ban

One of the hot topics in the world of handling and storage, and more specifically heavy component handling and storage, is the timber ban. So, let’s unpack it a little further. The ban is specifically around native logging, and native Australian hardwoods that have been logged, processed, and used for many years. Certain states, such as WA, have perceived this as an environmental threat, and have put a ban in place to protect around 2 million hectares of forest. In simple words, native trees can no longer be commercially harvested. This has had an impact on many industries, and has left many people wondering, what now? What do we use now that hardwood pallets are no longer an option?

This ban is hard, and a lot of changes have to be made, but if you drill down into it, it could be a blessing in disguise. Obviously, there is still the option of softwood, such as pine pallets. However, many heavy industrial companies, and DAYWALK, prefer something more reliable, such as hardwood, to be used. There are good reasons for this. Pine pallets, while their types may vary, are typically low in strength and reliability, meaning they are a dangerous option for heavy equipment and components. 

Whether we are using hardwood or pine, the risk still remains particularly dynamic. These pallets are generally just nailed together, and the boards making them up can come loose. This means that in an emergency breaking situation, these pallets can break apart, strapping can come loose, and the product can become a deadly projectile off the back of a truck. The result? Human lives are on the line. So, what other options are there, if pine pallets are dangerous, and hardwood pallets, though stronger, aren’t perfectly safe, and are banned anyway.

DAYWALK has been working with industry professionals and government departments on this exact matter. And the option that is staring us in the face, is non-timber pallets. Non-timber pallets, while they are not as cheap as timber, have progressed to being something that is commercially viable, and a much better option from an environmental and safety perspective. 

Steel pallets are reusable, but in addition to this, they are significantly safer. They exceed any indicative transport and storage ratings that are placed on timber pallets, and are engineered and manufactured to last and to keep components safely restrained on the road.

So, while the timber ban is difficult to navigate, and changes have to be made, it may be a turning point for transport and storage safety. DAYWALK is here to help you through the process of making the switch, so feel free to reach out and we can book in a meeting with one of our experts, to talk through which solutions would work best for you.