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Choosing the Right Forklift

Posted by | January 15, 2018 | Latest News, News

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It can be a minefield when making a decision about the type of forklift to invest in and it’s important to consider the benefits of each type before making a final choice.

 

Pre-forklift days, many factories and warehouses would use cables, ropes and pulleys to move boxes, crates and other heavy objects. Since the invention of forklifts, carrying out such tasks have become easier and more efficient, requiring less manpower and reducing the time required to move goods.

 

There are three main types of forklift truck, each generally used for a different purpose. These are powered either by gas, diesel, compressed gas or propane.

 

Gas forklifts have become popular due to the number of workplaces requiring them. Buying a second-hand forklift may be an option of the budget is tight, as purchasing a brand-new forklift can be expensive.

 

A diesel forklift is a great addition to any warehouse. This type of forklift tends to stay in good condition when used with diesel. They’re easy to operate and are a smooth drive, they’re also fuel efficient too!

 

Electric forklifts run off a battery that has to be charged, usually overnight. When fully charged, this type of forklift can run for approximately 6 consecutive hours and so if a warehouse is in operation for 8 hours, keeping the battery fully charged should enable a forklift operator to carry out a whole work shift on one battery charge. Electric forklifts are a notably greener option with regards to the environment too!

 

Whichever forklift you choose, they’re the perfect drivable, small vehicle for carrying out heavy lifting and moving tasks. They are compact enough to fit into relatively small areas and are easily manoeuvrable.

 

Once you have your forklift then you’ll need to ensure that you’re up to speed with your training, this is where Forklift Agency can help. We offer training for both the novice and experienced forklift operator, we also offer the training at a time and place to suit you. We don’t charge travelling fees and all the training is health and safety approved. If you think we can help you or your staff, get in touch. 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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If you’re all set for Christmas and looking ahead to the New Year what better way to begin 2018 that with a personal challenge? Whilst most people are wrapped up in trying to lose those extra pounds, giving up smoking or alcohol or the other New Year’s Resolutions destined to fail, why not challenge yourself with Forklift Instructor of the Year 2018?

 

At the Talent Logistics Conference of 2018, which is set to be held on 21st June, all the best Forklift Instructors will be gathered to compete for the title Forklift Instructor of the Year 2018.

 

Instructors in the UK and Ireland are invited to attend and compete for the award, they’ll be tested through a series of practical, pre-use as well as theory.

 

The awards will be held at Telford International Centre and the winner will be announced that evening. If you think you have what it takes, you can enter the competition, free of charge, from 3rd January 2018.

 

If in the meantime you’d like to brush up on your Forklift operating or you’d like to put members of staff through a refresher or novice course, then we at Forklift Agency can help. We’ve more than 10 years of experience providing forklift training nationwide, with a great team of friendly and knowledgeable instructors, we don’t charge travelling costs and we’ll provide the training at a time and place to suit you.

 

So with 2018 just around the corner, why not start the year as you mean to go on? Staff that are fully trained and up to date on their forklift operating make for a safer work environment for everyone. 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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The Importance of the Right Training

Posted by | December 4, 2017 | Latest News, News

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Many of you may have already heard about Derbyshire based firm Vinyl Compound’s recent fine. If you aren’t already in the know, the firm have been fined £450,000 after a young employee was crushed to death by the forklift that he had been operating.

 

Anyone involved in the industry is likely to already be aware of the number of incidents, even deaths, that occur in workplaces all over the country each year. Many of these incidents could have been prevented if the right training had been provided and equipment is subject to the correct and regular checks being carried out.

 

It really is imperative that all employers and employees are aware of all the requirements by law when it comes to forklifts and their operation.

 

Here at Forklift Agency, we can provide both novice and refresher training which is Health and Safety approved and delivered to the highest standards. We can provide training all over the country and we don’t charge travelling costs to deliver the training. We’re also happy to train your employees at a time and place that is convenient to you.

 

We not only provide the more common forklift training courses but we have specially qualified instructors that can also deliver training on the lesser known equipment such as the telehandler.

 

As an employer or an employee, if you don’t ensure that all staff are thoroughly trained and also put through refresher training then you run the risk of both death and serious injury happening in the workplace as well as major fines.

 

There really is no need to put off sorting forklift training so why not get in touch today and let us assist you in making your workplace a safer place. Call 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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Benefits of Narrow Aisle Forklifts

Posted by | November 6, 2017 | Latest News, News

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Having the right tools for the job can make any task a breeze, with the wrong tools the job may not be as easily completed.

 

With narrow aisle forklifts, these can be the perfect tool in a workplace and are perfectly suited to the most unusual and challenging circumstances. So, what are the benefits of a narrow aisle forklift? Well…

 

Improved Handling – despite the forklifts being narrower than a standard forklift, they are still able to carry out most tasks that a standard forklift can, and to the same standard. The benefit of a narrow aisle forklift is that they are less cumbersome, easy to manoeuvre and are easy for beginners to learn in. They are easier to operate in a factory and warehouse setting and perform brilliantly in tight spaces and narrow aisles.

 

Navigating narrow mezzanine – Many businesses operate from very limited space and warehouses and storage facilities can become tightly packed with stock. In this instance, aisles are made narrower to allow for more storage and therefore space for a standard forklift to be able to operate is limited.

 

Increase in Safety – although much of the safety aspect of a forklift comes down to the operator, there can be factors that can effectively increase the safety such as the easier a machine is to operate, the less risk there is that a mistake will be made and any persons’ safety put at risk.

 

Cost Effective – When it comes to saving money in the workplace, many employers are happy to do so where safety, production and running of the business is not put at risk. When it comes to narrow aisle forklifts however there are a couple of reasons why they will save an employer money, firstly the cost of the actual machine is cheaper than a standard forklift and secondly they require less fluids to run and much less maintenance.

 

So, if you’re looking to extend your fleet then a narrow aisle forklift may be an ideal addition to your business. If in the meantime you’re looking for forklift training, then Forklift Agency may be able to help. We provide both novice and refresher training to individuals and employers nationwide and we don’t charge for travel costs either. Give us a call today to find out more 0330 330 9495 or complete the contact form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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Forklift Instructors Wanted

Posted by | October 23, 2017 | Latest News, News

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With the forklift industry thriving, there’s never been a better time to be in the industry and that’s why here are Forklift Agency we’re looking for Forklift Instructors.

 

If you, or someone you know, is looking for regular work, or even just work from time to time, we want to hear from you. The rates of pay are good and you’ll be joining a happy and enthusiastic team of other instructors providing training to individuals and employers throughout the country.

 

If you’re committed to working on a self-employed basis and you are accredited with RTITB, ITSSAR, AITT or NPORS then we want to hear from you.

 

Forklift Agency offer training nationwide, but if you’d prefer work in a particular area(s) then we can work with you to meet your needs.

 

You’ll be required to have your own Public Liability and Indemnity Insurance and be able to travel to different sites and workplaces to carry out the training.

 

If you’re interested or you’d like to find out more, please send your CV and references to enquiries@forkliftagency.co.uk

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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