Ten Ways to Spot a Defective Pallet

  1. Any corner leg broken such that the leg cannot rest on a level surface.
  2. Any corner leg that is missing.
  3. Any center leg that is broken or missing such that the legs cannot rest on a level surface.
  4. Any two support legs that are broken such that the legs cannot rest on a level surface.
  5. Any two support legs that are missing.
  6. If 25% or more of the pallet deck is deformed such that the deformation is greater than ½ inch below the normal surface of the pallet.
  7. Any crack 10 inches or longer which extends through the center of the pallet (structural foam plastic, and twin-sheet thermoform units only).
  8. Any crack six inches or longer which extends through the center of the pallet (press wood units only).
  9. A hole in the pallet deck greater than the surface area of the opening in the pallet deck for a leg.
  10. Pallet deck deformation that includes cracks and holes along the pallet edges of three inches or more into a leg assembly or pallet surface.
Source: United States Postal Service