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Strapping is commonly used in securing, bundling, and unitising items in many warehouses. Below details the disadvantages and advantages of each strapping material.

Advantages
Material
Disadvantages
  • Highly shock absorbent
  • High retained tension
  • Lighter weight
  • Round edges reduce safety risks
  • Comparable break load to steel
  • Weather and UV resistant
  • Can be re-tensioned
  • Can be recycled through the proper facilities
Polyester (PET) Strapping
  • Curls easily onunwind
  • Excellent durability for rigid, heavy loads that won't compress
Steel Strapping
  • Safety risks – high break load and sharp edges means workers always need to take extra caution and wear PPE
  • Handling difficulty due to non-flexible design
  • Very heavy to move and handle
  • ‘Snap-back’ when cut at tension
  • More expensive in comparison to other alternatives like Polyester
  • Potential to rust
  • Won’t conform to loads once settled and potential for strap to distort depending on the journey
  • Its sharp edges can damage the goods being shipped
  • Cost effective
  • Very light weight and easy to use
  • Can be recycled
  • Can easily be tensioned by hand or with the use of tools
Polypropylene (PP) Strapping
  • Low retained tension, with potential to tear

  • Dull edges reduce safety risks
  • No ‘snap back’ when cut under tension
  • Poly-woven strapping is designed to be reused and re-tensioned, making it a more environmentally-friendly strapping solution with less plastic going into landfill
  • Retains high tension over lengthy periods of time
  • Versatile and flexible
  • Does not rust or stretch
  • Can re-tensioned at any time
Poly Woven Strapping
  • Can be difficult to recycle


This material has been prepared for basic informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. This information does not take the place of professional advice or state or national legal obligations as they relate to your specific business. It is strongly recommended that businesses do their own research and consult with relevant professional services or associations to ensure adherence to the workplace health and safety standards that apply to your business and industry.

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