Now, A Durable Solution to Clear Package Jams Safely & Without Damage

By Brian Evans


When your company is handling a massive amount of packages each day, employees risk injury due to inadequate equipment—and oftentimes the tools that they use suffer from the heavy wear & tear of daily use. With packages of all sizes, shapes, and weights moving along the conveyor system daily, jams are bound to occur. Unfortunately, workers sometimes have to resort to makeshift jam break poles or whatever is within arm's reach to alleviate the problem. 

Damaging & Dangerous Makeshift Jam Break Poles

Pole_hook.pngAt distribution centers and parcel facilities, we’ve found that workers were using makeshift poles made of wiry, bent metal to pull apart and unjam packages on conveyor systems. Sometimes the bent metal ends of these poles were welded or fastened in other, less permanent ways—but overall, these tools weren’t easily repairable nor replaceable. These metal poles were taking a lot of wear and tear from daily use, and, their faulty design often caused damage to packages as well.

And, these makeshift tools weren’t safe for workers. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports a variety of injuries related to material handling on conveyor systems, including back pain, sprains, cuts, fractures, and amputations.  A more permanent and safer solution to the problem was clearly needed. 

ShepherdsHook-4.jpgNow, An Ergonomic Solution for Material Handling

Enter the Shepherd’s Hook , an ergonomic solution created by Globe Composite. The specially contoured head made with high-impact material is designed to reduce damage to the package and take the repetitive stress of daily use.  The head is attached to a specially crafted jam break pole, replacing the makeshift bent metal and wires used in the past.

The Shepherd’s Hook offers many key benefits to address problems associated with using ineffective (and oftern more dangerous) solutions to clear jams
Safer for Packages, Safer for Workers

Often, distribution center handlers use makeshift metal hooks or, worse yet, would resort to using their hands to release a conveyor jam. Globe's Shepherd's Hook allows the handler to safely reach over the conveyor and either push or pull packages as needed to dislodge a jam - decreasing the likelihood of workplace incidents.

Simple To Use, Simple to Replace

When the long-lasting head of the Shepherd's Hook wears out, it can be easily replaced with a single bolt, so it’s no longer necessary to send it out to be welded or reattached. Globe's Shepherd's Hook contains three pieces - the head, a single bolt for assembly, and a gripped pole that can be customized in any length.  

Standardized Product Across All Facilities

The Shepherd’s Hook offers a unified solution to address common material handling problems and can be adopted company-wide, rather than rely on workers using a variety of makeshift tools from location-to-location.

Increased Durability

The Shepherd’s Hook is more durable than other solutions available. Although it can break with extreme use (such as being run over by a forklift or tug), it’s likely to last for many, many years.  More often than not, the metal pole will need replacing rather than the impact-resistant head.

Specialized Design

Originally designed for use by one of the nation's largest package handlers, the curved head with rounded corners significantly prevents damage to packages as workers use the Shepherd's Hook to clear jams.


shepherds-hook-2.jpgThe Shepherd’s Hook ergonomic and durable solution is part of Globe Composite’s line of ergonomic tools for parcel distribution.  Made with impact-resistant Brandonite® 1000-75D, a proprietary material created by Globe, the Shepherd’s Hook offers a dramatic improvement over the makeshift tools and can take a beating while increasing safety and on-the-job productivity.




Topics: Material Handling

Brian Evans

Written by Brian Evans

Brian has over 30 years of engineering, design, manufacturing and automation experience in various industries including automotive, medical, consumer products, and materials handling. Mr. Evans joined Globe in 2003 and is responsible for overseeing the overall product design function, mentoring other design engineers and supporting the sales force in the field. Mr. Evans oftentimes travels to client sites to interface with the customer to determine product performance requirements and design criteria. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University.


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