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Each year, the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) awards different British Industries in recognition of the work that they have done throughout the year to help Britain work greener and smarter.

 

This year saw a record number of applications for the awards and the FLTA has to reduce these down to award the most deserving within the 22 products are services.

 

As a result, there are 15 different companies that have earned their accreditation in the definitive buyer’s guide to all that is recognised as being the best in the fork life truck sector.

 

Applicants have to put forward to the panel why they deserve to be considered for the final awards and the judges consisting of a panel experts in the fork life sector. These judges have a long and in depth understanding of the industry as well as a workplace environment which makes them all the more critical when it comes to assessing each of the entrants.

 

The awards are forwards thinking and are keen to highlight great work done by those who are developing new strategies and ways of working to make the process a greener one and more environmentally friendly.

 

You can find a list of the winners in each sector below:

 

Environment:

 

Aurelius Environmental Fenix PB

CGON ezero1

HIAB E-MOFFETT electric truck-mounted fork lifts

 

Ergonomics:

 

Linde Material Handling T20 SR electric rider stand-on pallet trucks

STILL Materials Handling OPX Series

TCM EO Series

Toyota Material Handling BT Reflex R/E/O series reach trucks

 

Safety:

 

Cat Lift Trucks NRM20-25N2 multi-way reach truck range

Combilift Combi-MR multi-directional reach truck

Elokon ELOprotect

Linde Material Handling Linde Rescue Alarm

Robur Trucks Bespoke remote-control powered pallet truck

TCM FB Series

 

Innovation:

 

HIAB ePTO System

Hyster Empty container handler

KAUP T167S Discharging Device

Linde Material Handling K-Range man-aloft combi truck

Philadelphia Scientific SmartBlinky Tray Monitor

RAVAS Logi-Action

Robur Trucks Bespoke glass-handling truck

Toyota Material Handling Toyota Autopilot

Toyota Material Handling Autopilot TAE50

 

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Operating a Hand Pallet Truck Safely

Posted by | October 22, 2018 | Latest News, News

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Anyone working in this industry must be aware that safety is paramount when it comes to the workplace and operating machinery.

 

No matter what piece of machinery it is that an operator is planning on using, the utmost care should be taken to ensure that pre-operating checks are carried out and when in use that the machinery or vehicle is used safely and correctly.

 

Although the Hand Pallet Truck doesn’t have an engine it is still important that it is used correctly to avoid injury or incident.

 

Before the Hand Pallet Truck is used, it is important that the truck is checked for damage and cracks that may be visible. The forks should also be raised in order to look for any signs of problems with the hydraulics such as an oil leak. The pump can be checked by pressing the leaver downwards and operating the handle.

 

Here is a quick checklist for operating the Hand Pallet Truck Safely:

 

  1. Always check the load is securely stacked and the pallet is not damaged.
  2. Carefully ensure that the forks are in the gaps correctly, push the two handles down in an upright position and then push steadily forwards.
  3. Rise the forks with the handle and ensure that the load is clear from the floor. At this point you can return the handles to a neutral position.
  4. Ensure there is always enough room when operating the truck both in the forks off the floor and the load from any overhead or width restrictions.
  5. Push the handle down, turn the face the direction of intended travel and then ensure you know which hand you’ll be operating the truck. Use your left hand to turn left and the right hand to turn right.
  6. Check your surroundings are clear of obstructions and pedestrians and then with the handle low, gently pull the truck to begin moving with the forks training behind you.
  7. Where possible, travel on the left-hand side of the aisle, travel at a safe speed and also walk to one side of the truck.
  8. Always walk, never run or make any sudden movements. Never stand on the inside of a turn and never stand in front of the truck whilst it is travelling.
  9. On a slope, ensure that the handles are well controlled to control the trucks speed, pull back on both handles to keep control.
  10. At the point where the load is to be unloaded, put the load in position, ensure the operator is clear of the load and then lower the load by slowly pulling on the leaver. Always ensure you have the load under control.
  11. When load in finally in position, release the leaver into a neutral position and pull the hand pallet truck clear of the pallet.

 

Reading operating manuals is no substitute for full, practical training and this is where Forklift Agency can help. Forklift provide health and safety approved training at a time and place to suit you. Forklift Agency don’t charge travelling costs and their trainers are friendly and professional. To book your next training session, be in novice or refresher, call the team on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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There are so many reasons that fork lift accidents happen each year in the workplace however, many of them are due to human error rather than mechanical error.

 

The way in which employees conduct themselves has a major impact of a maintaining and safe working environment and with the right training and ensuring the staff are put onto refresher courses the risk of accidents is greatly reduced.

 

Another factor that is key in the safe operation is keeping within a safe speed when operating a fork lift and ensuring that operators are aware of limits and restrictions.

 

Fork lift trucks are not designed to travel at speed and the steering and braking on a fork lift varies considerably to that of a motor vehicle. Travelling at excessive speed can cause a fork lift to become unstable risking the load to shed from the forks or worse still, the fork lift to topple over.

 

Although there is no specific limits to the speed a fork lift should be operated at, common sense should be used. As a guide, 3mhp in racking is considered safe, 5mph in transit aisles and 10mph in a workplace yard. This should be used only as a guide and this may vary depending upon the business and from location to location.

 

Fork lift maintenance is crucial and all operators should carry out daily checks before beginning operation of a fork life.

 

If you’d like to put your staff through either novice or refresher training then Forklift Agency can help. We provide health and safety recognised training at a time and place to suit you. We don’t charge for travelling fees and out trainers are professional and friendly with a wealth of experience.

 

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Last month, a firm namely Meredith and Eyre Ltd were fined £12,000 as a result of an employee was badly injured by a Forklift carrying a load.

 

The company is a trailer manufacturer based in Cheshire and one of their forklifts was carrying out a task which included moving a stack of three trailer chassis using a lift truck.

 

At the point that the load was lifted, the three trailer chassis moved on the forks resulting in an employee on the site being injured when the load hit him.

 

As a result of load moving, the employee suffered a broken rib, four spinal fractures, a broken left scapula wounds to the ankle, shoulder and his head.

 

An investigation was conducted by a Health and Safety Executive who in turn produced findings that the company had failed to properly and thoroughly plan the task. The stack of chassis had not been checked to be safe and secure however, should it have been made safe and secure the load would not have moved.

 

The investigation resulted in the advice that should Refresher training have been provided to employees, the employees would have the knowledge to identify the correct centre of gravity thus resulting in safer operation.

 

This is just one incidence where Refresher Training would have proven to have given the staff the required knowledge to operate machinery safety in the workplace.

 

To keep your staff safe and reduce the risk of fines, ensure that your staff have the full or correct training required for their role.

 

Forklift Agency provide both novice and refresher training to employers and their employees. We provide training all over the country to both individuals and groups, and we don’t charge travelling costs. We can also provide the training at a time and place to suit you.

 

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Forklift Agency Completes 2500 Jobs

Posted by | September 10, 2018 | Latest News, News

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It was over a decade ago when Forklift Agency began and in that time we’ve been proud to offer training to hundreds of individuals and companies.

 

It was only last month that Forklift Agency completed their 2500th job and we’re pleased to say that Forklift Agency are busier than ever.

 

Forklift Agency provide Forklift Training nationwide and have fully qualified trainers that provide the training at a time and place to suit the individual or company.

 

Forklift Agency don’t charge traveling costs and have a wealth of experience and knowledge which means that you’ll get only the very best when it comes to receiving your training needs.

 

Forklift Agency can provide health and safety recognised training on Forklifts including counterbalance, reach, telehandler, side-loader, BNA pedestrian operated pallet trucks and rough terrain.

 

They provide both novice and refresher training to both employers and individuals.

 

So why not get in touch and speak to us about your training requirements? Give the team a call on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

 

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Get Winter Ready!

Posted by | August 27, 2018 | Latest News, News

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Winter might seem like an age away but when it comes to the weather in the UK we all know it can turn at the drop of a hat.

 

Not only that, but time often passes us by and before we know it, all those good intentions about making preparations early, have now passed by.

 

With this in mind, we’ve put together a few guidelines about taking the appropriate means to get the right measures in place so you and your business can be equipped come the winter months.

 

By arranging a Winter Check early, your business can be prepared for the winter months and less likely to suffer any downtime due to lack of preparation. Ensure that tyres are suitable for all conditions and any that are worn ensure they’re replaced.

 

It’s important to carry out daily checks. These are important at any time of year but in the winter all oils and lubricants should be replenished regularly and the level of anti-freeze,  should also be kept topped up.

 

It should go without saying but services should be done regularly and ensure that any maintenance that need to be carried out is done. Regular Maintenance and Serving should mean that the risk of any unexpected breakdowns should be minimal.

 

Ensure that all lights work on the forklift, that means that both you can be seen and you can see others. Operating a forklift in poor visibility can dramatically increase the risk of accidents.

 

If your Forklift operators work outdoors ensure that all paths are free of fallen leaves, snow, ice etc to ensure the safest conditions possible.

 

Lastly, ensure that all staff are fully trained and have also been on refresher where necessary.

 

Forklift Agency can assist with all your training needs, from the standard forklift to man-up, side-loader and tele handler. We offer training at a time and place to suit you and we don’t charge travelling costs. We offer the training nationwide and we have great reviews from very happy customers.

 

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Training with Accreditation

Posted by | August 13, 2018 | Latest News, News

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You could be forgiven for thinking that training is training and once a member of staff is trained that risks are reduced and all boxes are ticked. Sadly this is not the case.

 

It has been proven by the RTITB (Road Transport Industry Training Board) that training that is delivered in-house increases the risk of incident in the workplace.

 

The findings detail that employers are taking risks by offering in-house training and that companies could be compromising safety and compliance.

 

Accredited training has to meet external standards which are confirmed as having met the requirements to better improve employee and workplace safety and delivered to a high standard that much ‘in-house’ training can lack in.

 

Accredited training ensures that what is taught is compliant with relevant Codes of Practice and all relevant legislation. It will offer a clear record of what has been covered in the training as well as the duration of the training, the testing that took place and also the conditions as to where the testing was conducted.

 

Accredited training will cover all of the required information and subjects that are required for skilled operation as well as safety in the workplace. Accredited training will also ensure that any assessments and testing will have been done to fairly and correctly.

 

Often training standards, or lack of, is often highlighted in the event of an accident or problem within a workplace at which point somebody’s life may have been affected. If accredited training has been received then there will be an audit trail of this and what was carried out and when.

 

Accredited training is also carried out yearly and therefore stops any ‘bad habits’ in their tracks, in-house doesn’t always mean that the training will be carried out rigorously each year and in turn puts workers at risk.

 

Forklift Agency provide training that is accredited and provide the training all over the country. They will provide the training at a time and place to suit you and travelling costs are not charged. Why not speak to a member of the team today and find out more? Call 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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Driving a Forklift on the Roads

Posted by | July 30, 2018 | Latest News, News

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Many operators are used to driving a Forklift in conditions such as a work environment and warehouse however not all are prepared for driving on the UK’s roads.

 

Firstly, the Forklift will need to be registered to be used on public roads and then there are a few procedures that need to be followed. The operator will need to hold a full UK Driving Licence and depending of the age of the driver, there are restrictions as to what forklift can be operated.

 

The driver must be 17 to drive a forklift weighing up to 3.5 tonnes when fully loaded, they must be 18 to operate a forklift weighing up to 7.5 tonnes and they must be 21 to operate the truck weighing more than 7.5 tonnes when fully laden.

 

If the Forklift is travelling on road for more than 1 mile each week then the forklift will also require taxing. There is an exception to those forklifts travelling under 1 mile as long as it’s being used for forestry, agriculture or horticulture.

 

For all forklifts being used on public roads they must have the appropriate lighting as well as a number plate, flashing amber beacon and must be driving at less than 25 mph.

 

Records of servicing and maintenance must be kept and should there be a risk that a forklift could roll over then a seatbelt must be worn.

 

Further regulations must be complied with if the forklift is going to travel more than 1 mile, the forklift will need to be insured, taxed and registered. If the forklift will be traveling over 1000 yards in one go the rules of Construction and Use Regulation will also apply.

 

Don’t forget all Forklift operators should be trained up to high standards and that regular refresher courses should be attended. This is where Forklift Agency can help! We provide forklift training at a time and place to suit you, we don’t charge traveling costs and our trainers and friendly yet professional. If you’d like to find out more, please call the team on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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As most employees know, keeping staff members safe is absolutely paramount and ensuring staff are adequately trained and provided with refresher training is a must.

 

With hundreds of forklift truck accidents happening in the workplace each year, there is a constant reminder to ensure that safety procedures are in place and staff are aware of them.

 

Safety checks on a forklift should be carried out each time before use as so to minimise the chances of anything going wrong with the forklift itself. Operators however don’t go through the same safety checks before each working day and knowledge that they’ve be taught on training can often diminish from being at the forefront of the operator’s thoughts.

 

With this in mind, Safezone have developed a system which creates an alert or warning when in close proximity of an object.

 

Safezone understand that the risk of collision is far greater when an operator is carrying large, bulky loads on a forklift due to restricted driver vision, driving around blind corners as well as carry out specific manoeuvres. The risks are also increased when working in close proximity to pedestrians.

 

Safezone consists of an in-cab control unit with detection antennas, which produce a 360 degree zone around the forklift. Each pedestrian working within that environment is given a tag to wear that can easily be integrated into a high visibility jacket. Should a pedestrian, wearing a tag, then enters the restricted area, an alert to the forklift operator is then sent.

 

If this is something you or your staff are interested in, you can find out more at the ZoneSafe website. ZoneSafe can work alongside regularly trained forklift operators and that’s where Forklift Agency can help. Forklift Agency provide training to both employers and individuals in a place of their choice. We don’t charge for travelling costs and we offer the training nationwide. If you’re interested, you can speak to a member of the team on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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When looking for new equipment for a business, very often it’s considered that only new equipment is reliable and worth investing in. Depending on the requirements of the business, this is not always the case.

 

If there are busy periods in a business and they require back-up equipment or they’re looking for a truck that will only be used periodically then pre-owned equipment may be the answer. Another case where pre-owned may be an option is where affordability is limited and in this case a pre-owned forklift may be a better option that will provide the support required for a much lower outlay.

 

Pre-owned forklifts are of course more affordable but that doesn’t mean that they lack in quality or performance. These machines have often been maintained to a high standard and have been regularly serviced and inspected.

 

When looking for a pre-owned forklift, it is recommended that you look for a high quality supplier and that the forklift has been serviced throughout its life. Ensure that any parts that have been fitted are genuine manufacturers parts and safety checks have regularly been carried out. Ensure that questions are asked about the maintenance of the equipment from new and always ask about the levels of inspection that have been carried out. Ask if there is any warranty being offered with the forklift truck and also enquire about the working life the truck has had previously.

 

Before purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, ensure that the forks and masts are in good working order as these are often subject to hugs stresses throughout the working life of a truck. Look at the wear and tear on forklift and how the tyres appear.

 

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