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New Electric Forklifts from Kalmar

Posted by | October 9, 2017 | Latest News, News

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Kalmar have recently announced that they have manufactured a new range of fully electric forklifts.

 

This brand-new range has lift heights of up to seven metres and nine to 11 tonnes of lift.

 

The company have stated that they are the first company to have manufactured fully electric trucks with this capacity range. The 13 models they have produced range from the 9-tonne ECG90-6 to the EC180-6, the range all have a width of either just over, or just under, 2.5 metres and their weights range from 17 tonnes to 22.4 tonnes.

 

The fully electric range boasts lower running costs that diesels, and can operate up to eight hours on full traction lead acid batteries.

 

With safety being a priority, the cabs of the new forklift range consist of a driving seat that can be turned 180 degrees to ensure safe manoeuvring when handling bulky loads.

 

The company are at the forefront of promoting cleaner, greener forklifts and cleaning up the industry as a whole. They claim to have achieved their target of simpler and easier maintenance and claim the range will be more cost effective to companies using their machinery over the long term.

 

If you’re looking for Forklift training either for yourself or members of staff, then Forklift Agency can help. We offer health and safety approved training nationwide and we don’t charge travel costs. We have experienced and professional instructors who will provide the training at a time and place to suit you.

 

To arrange your next training simply get in touch, give us a call on 0330 330 9495 or complete the contact form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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A national survey has recently revealed that when it comes to the acquisition of Forklift trucks, many firms are now taking a long-term approach, including their views on operating costs.

 

Many business owners are now switched on to a long-term approach and rather than focusing on the upfront cost of the machinery, they are looking at the total cost of ownership over a longer period. Businesses understand that it can pay to invest in new and reliable machinery and in the long term actually reduce outgoings for businesses.

 

In a recent survey, it has been revealed that 66% of businesses are now using electric-powered ride vehicles, 58% relying on electric-powered pallet trucks and 49% using electric-powered narrow isle trucks.

 

Almost 30% are using between 3 and 9 forklifts, 16% have 10 to 14 forklifts and 18% use between 15 and 24 in the workplace.

 

Over the next 12 months, of the companies surveyed 69% are expecting to add forklifts to their fleet over the next 12 to 24 months. Over half are expected to purchase between 2 and 4 vehicles, 17% are expected to buy between 5 and 9 and just over 10% expect to purchase just 1.

 

Overall, the expectations for the industry are really positive and are expected to grow over the next year. With this in mind, there is no better time to ensure that you’re up to date with forklift training and that all your staff are qualified to operate the vehicles.

 

Forklift Agency provide both novice and refresher training nationwide and will train individuals and staff at a time and place to suit you. We don’t charge travel costs and all our staff are experienced and offer health and safety approved training. Get in touch today to find out more, give us a call on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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Top 10 Forklift Manufacturers

Posted by | September 11, 2017 | Latest News, News

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Forklift Trucks have been used for more than a century now in a commercial sense and they are still relied on today to do some of the most basic tasks such as moving and lifting heavy loads.

 

Despite still performing the most basic of tasks, Forklifts are evolving at a rapid pace and the safety measures that are now being introduced to the machinery are becoming more sophisticated, and benefitting both the operators and pedestrians.

 

With is in mind, the Top 10 Forklift Manufacturers have been announced for 2017, financial figures are taken from the individual companies and are stated in US Dollars and are correct as of 31st December 2016.

 

  1. Hangcha Group – based in China – Revenues of $773 million
  2. Komatsu – based in Toyko Japan – Revenues of $15.415 billion
  3. Anhui Heli Co Ltd – based in Hefei, China – Revenues of $892.9 million
  4. M-Fet Unicarriers – sales of $1.523 billion for the year
  5. M-FET: Mitsubishi Nichiyu – revenues of $2.316 billion for the year
  6. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc – based in Cleveland, Ohio – had combined revenues of $2.569 billion
  7. Crown Equipment Corp – based in New Bremen – revenues of $2.6 billion
  8. The Jungheinrich Group – based in Hamburg, Germany – revenues of $3.388 billion for 2016
  9. The KION Group – based in Wiesbaden, Germany – revenues of $5.478 billion
  10. Toyota Industries Group – based in Kariya, Japan – revenues of $19.237 billion for the year of 2016 but $8.562 billion was made up from Forklift sales and revenue.

 

So, Toyota continues to be the largest Forklift Manufacturer in the world and is a market leader in its field.

 

If you or your staff are looking for Forklift training, then look no further. Forklift Agency provides health and safety approved training at a time and place to suit you. We don’t charge for travelling costs either. We can provide both novice and refresher training as well as some of the not so popular training such as reach and side-loader. Give us a call today on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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Forklift Thorough Examination

Posted by | July 31, 2017 | Latest News, News

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It’s easy to get caught up with every day working life and how quick paced it is, however, safety should always be at the top of the list especially when it comes to Forklift Truck maintenance.

 

Forklift users should be familiar with a ‘Thorough Examination’. This term is used to describe the mandatory and essential check that a Forklift Truck should go through to ensure that it is in safe, working order; think of it as a Forklift MOT.

 

It’s important not to get this confused with regular maintenance checks, which should also be done on a regular basis, but this is a requirement by law. This Thorough Examination means that you’ll be covered by two different sets of Health and Safety regulations LOLER98 and PUWER 98.

 

LOLER 98 is the regulation that cover the upkeep of the lifting parts of a Forklift Truck, and PUWER 98 covers areas such as braking and steering.

 

Unless the forklift truck is on hire for less than a 12-month period from a leasing company then it is the responsibility of the owner (or the company/individual leasing, should it be on more than 12-month lease) to ensure that the thorough examination is carried out. The Report of Thorough Examination should be kept with a Forklift’s paperwork.

 

The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) along with Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) and HAS, came together to form the CFTS. The CFTS aims to deliver the quality controlled process of Thorough Examination and currently there are 450 companies nationwide that are qualified to carry out the Thorough Examination (look for companies displaying the distinctive Kite Mark).

 

Covering a wide range of Trucks including counterbalance, reach, rough terrain and many more the 34 point Thorough Examination is an essential part of Forklift Maintenance. So, now you’re fully up to speed with this legal requirement, we can now assist you with your Forklift Training needs.

 

If you’re looking for Health and Safety approved Forklift Training, then Forklift Agency can help. We have experienced and approved instructors nationwide that are available to provide both novice and refresher training to employers and individuals. We don’t charge travelling expenses and we are happy to provide the training at a time and place to suit you. Why not get in touch today and find out more? Give us a call on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

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With the focus always on safety in the workplace, The Forklift Training Agency (FLTA) are currently looking to award a Forklift Safety Champion.

 

Could you be award this honourable title? There’s a trophy and a cash prize of £250 up for grabs if you can demonstrate why the FLTA should choose you.

 

This fantastic award has been awarded to the most deserving for the past two years and now in its 3rd year the FLTA are looking to highlight those who are committed to making sites safer for staff and visitors.

 

So, who can enter? The FLTA state that “Anyone who has championed fork lift truck safety on site. And this could be anyone, including operators, pedestrians or the managers overseeing them.” This can be yourself, a colleague or even a visitor to a workplace site.

 

To enter yourself or someone you know for this award, the FLTA need as much information as possible including the changes that have been put in place and how these occurred. If you want to include photographs and videos to support your application, then these are more than welcome.

 

The deadline for entries is 30th September so you don’t have too long to get that application in to be the FLTA Safety Champion 2017!

 

If in the meantime you’re looking for Forklift Training, then Forklift Agency can help. We provide health and safety approved training nationwide and provide the training at a time and place to suit you. We don’t even charge travel costs. Give us a call today and see how we can help you or your business with either novice or refresher training, 0330 330 9495. If you’d prefer, you can also complete the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

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New regulations have been announced for those who operate a forklift truck and are required to move flammable waste. This will particularly apply to those who are employed at solvents recovery and waste treatment plants.

 

Those employed at waste management sites handle high volumes of flammable materials all with different flashpoints, temperature classes and characteristics. The risk of fire and explosion is always present but safety regulations are always being reviewed to ensure the safety of staff and good working practices.

 

Although the waste management industry is already highly regulated, there are changes set to come into effect for forklift trucks in November 2017.

 

The biggest changes will apply where companies operate 2.5-3 tonne capacity diesel forklifts in their Zone 2 drum or IBC storage areas. EN1755:2015 will now replace EN1755:2000 which outlines the EU standard that explosion protected materials handling equipment is designed or converted to, in order to achieve ATEX 2014/34/EU compliance.

 

Static build up and friction can create enough energy to cause ignition and so extra care must be taken in order to comply with new regulations. It’s not only the requirements for tyres that are being considered in the new changes but other parts of a forklift truck too such as seats, arm rests, cabin sides and hydraulic systems.

 

There will be more in-depth advice and new rules to adhere to in the forthcoming changes but as always, maintaining and operating a Forklift safely should be standard practice.

 

To ensure that you or your staff are working to high and safe operating standards, all employees should be put on refresher courses to continue good operating standards. If you require any help with training and refresher courses Forklift Agency are here to help. Give the team a call today on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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Forklift Safety Conference 2017

Posted by | June 19, 2017 | Latest News, News

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As safety is paramount in a workplace it always pays to be up-to-date with the latest rules, regulations, standards and working practices.

 

What better way to learn about new changes in the industry than at the National Fork Lift Safety Conference? The National Forklift Truck Association will be holding their annual Safety Conference on the 20th September this year at the Heart of England Events and Conference Centre.

 

This conference is a must for all those whose role consists of ensuring safety within the workplace, although it is good for anyone to broaden their understanding of new innovative methods that can be put into place to keep a workplace safe. There will be presentations from different companies that have made an impact on workplace safety and an opportunity to ask questions.

 

The theme for 2017 is Managing fork lift safety in changing times, which is an ongoing concern for all employers. The conference aims to inform attendees of staff turnover and changing processes to lower training budgets and reduced employee morale.

 

There will also be the chance to learn from Guest Speaker, Mark Gallagher, who has worked in Formula 1 for over 30 years. He’s also held roles at Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing as well as Cosworth F1.

 

Not only are you likely to learn a lot by attending, there are also 4 hours of Continued Professional Developments (CPD) up for grabs.

 

If you’d like to book a place on the Conference, you can do it through the National Forklift Truck Association website here.

 

If workplace safety is a concern in your workplace, it pays to have all staff qualified and up to date when it comes to Forklift operations. Forklift Agency offer health and safety approved training nationwide, whether it’s a novice course you’re after or you need to put a group of staff through refresher training, we can help. We don’t charge for travel and we can provide the training at a time and place to suit you. Give us a call today on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

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There are plenty of businesses that make modifications to the forklifts they have on fleet however, unless the modifications are going to be professionally done it is worth thinking twice about.

 

Although most people are aware that any type of vehicle or machinery in a workplace can pose a danger to staff, any modifications to a vehicle can cause further potential hazards which may cause serious injury or even death.

 

Not only is there the safety aspect to consider, there is also the fact that any modifications can in fact invalidate the warranty of a vehicle.

 

Any Forklift modifications that are not factory approved may affect the stability, capacity or even safety aspects on a truck. A company may not be aware of the consequences should a modification go wrong and in turn their responsibilities and liabilities.

 

The Forklift Truck Association (FLTA) have raised concerns about unauthorised modifications in the past and have stated “Unauthorised modifications or repairs – even changing tyres – could invalidate rental contracts or manufacturer warranties, leaving users to foot repair bills.”

 

The most common modifications carried out that are unauthorised are;

 

  • Drive-in wrack
  • Mast reductions
  • Truck head guard

 

Other modifications such as the forks on a counterbalance affecting stability, fork-mounted access platforms used regularly and routinely, as well as hoists mounted on overhead guards which impedes visibility and reduces strength.

 

The advice being given is that if there are any modifications that are required to be carried out, then always have them done at a manufacturer approved centre.

 

Forklift Agency offer health and safety approved training nationwide, be it an individual or a group, a novice or refresher, we don’t charge travel costs and we’ll provide the training at a time and place to suit you. So why not give us a call today and find out how we can help you? 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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TCM Launch Brand New Forklift

Posted by | May 22, 2017 | Latest News, News

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It’s finally arrived, the highly anticipated TCM 3-Wheel Counterbalance Forklift has finally made it off the production line and will no doubt be coming to a warehouse near you soon!

 

Packed with exciting new features, the new TCM really is the best in its league. With safety, comfort and fuel efficiency at the heart of the new design customers will be highly delighted that their feedback has been taken into consideration.

 

With greater safety and better performance, the new forklift offers a unique travel and handling system that means that lifting, tilting and traveling are automatically balanced by load, lift height and tilt angle.

 

If that wasn’t enough, the energy performance is best in its class, with a measurement of 4.2kWh/h in energy consumption, this will be great news for employers who choose to add more of these on their fleet.

 

Dynamic cornering keeps the forklift steady and smooth in even the narrowest and tightest of spaces and you’ll even find that the forklift automatically engages a brake should the operator stop on a ramp!

 

In all there are a total of 16 safety features that come as standard on this new forklift, giving greater safety levels whilst allowing higher productivity at the same time.

 

Operators will also find low level entry space onto the forklift giving the operator plenty of room to be comfortable whilst working, there’s a new design which offers greater visibility and fewer blind spots as well as an adjustable seat that will make operating this particular forklift comfortable for everyone.

 

If you’re looking to add these to your fleet, we’d be hard pressed to find a reason for you not to. If it’s Forklift Training you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place. Forklift Agency offer both novice and refresher training, which is health and safety approved and carried out by highly experienced instructors. We offer the training at a time and place to suit you and we don’t charge travel costs either. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can.

 

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It isn’t uncommon for Forklift accidents to happen in a workplace be it a collision with a member of staff, another forklift or even with storage. Obviously, the most serious of these collisions are those where a life is involved and safety in the workplace must always be paramount.

 

With more than 500 incidents being reported to HSE every year the visibility from a Forklift truck is imperative and so with that in mind there is a review taking place to reduce the rate of collisions.

 

Measures to help a drivers’ vision include mirrors and sensors including ultrasonic, radar, and Radio Frequency Identification, very similar to the ones you’d find on road vehicles, as well as CCTV systems which are operator reliant. There is also the possibility of altering the position in which the forklift operator is situated.

 

The full report carried out by the HSE gives great detail about the sensors, both ultrasonic and radar which are commonly used to prevent collisions. The fact that these collisions could be prevented by the use of radars which will apply the brakes when an obstruction is detected is great news however, the downside came when the tests were carried out that proved that the radars don’t always detect a pedestrian. Not only that, but the radars need to be sophisticated enough to recognise an obstruction rather than just the workplace surroundings.

 

It is down to individual companies to give consideration to the extra safety measures required in an individual workplace however they are encouraged to be proactive rather than reactive. It is also necessary that all operators are adequately trained as well as put through refresher training regularly to avoid falling into bad habits.

 

If you’re looking to put staff members through refresher training or you need to get new staff members of staff qualified, then get in touch. Forklift Agency offer health and safety approved forklift training to both employers and individuals and offer the training at a time and place to suit you. We don’t charge for travel and have fully qualified trainers all over the country, so what are you waiting for? Give us a call on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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