Safety is paramount no matter what time of year it is however, throughout the winter months the weather can make things a little more tricky and so extra care should be taken.
During winter, the weather can bring ice, snow, strong winds and heavy rain all adding to the risks of using and operating a forklift. It’s not only the operators that are more at risk but those that work around forklifts too.
As an employer it is vital that health and safety measures and regulations are followed to the letter to prevent the risk of any workplace accidents and as an employer you have a duty of care to ensure the safety of those who work on your premises.
There are a few points that you can follow to decrease the risks in the workplace, these are as follows;
Increase Staff Visibility: The darker days and shorter daylight hours of the winter months will mean that there if your staff are working outdoors then they will most likely be working in lesser well-lit conditions. If this is the case then the risks of accidents in significantly increased and therefore all workers should be issued with high-vis vests and clothing to ensure that they are more visible to forklift operators.
Supplying staff with additional safety lights, floodlighting if possible and putting up reflective signage will also be beneficial when staff are moving around the workplace.
Protect Staff from Cold Stress: When the skin temperature gets too low, then there is a medical term known as ‘cold stress’ that means that the body in no longer able to regulate its normal temperature. Should cold stress be left untreated this can lead to other serious health problems such as frostbite and hypothermia.
Ensure staff have all the necessary clothing to stay warm and comfortable such as insulated and water-resistant gloves, good quality boots and socks as well as lots of protective clothing both insulative and water-resistant will encourage good working practices and that staff are well looked after and are able to do their job well and safely.
Ensure the workplace is safe in bad weather: Tasks are much more hazardous in bad weather and operating a forklift safely can be made much more difficult in bad weather. Even the simplest of jobs can be more difficult to carry out and therefore ensuring the workplace is free from ice, is vital. Lay down grit and prevent ice forming is the safest way to keep loading bays, car parks and roads as safe as possible. Should there be snow, ensure that this is cleared prior to commencing any work. There are attachments available to buy to turn a forklift into a snow plough.
Winter can put additional stress on forklifts themselves so ensure all tyres are winter ready and that all necessary checks are carried out prior to staff operating the machinery.
When staff and employees are adequately trained, this also assists in the safe operation of a workplace. If your staff require refresher or novice forklift training then don’t hesitate to get in touch as Forklift Agency can help. We provide health and safety approved training at a time and place to suit you and we don’t charge traveling costs. Call the team now to find out more on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.
With the world’s mindset being on smarter, greener operations, then it makes sense that the Forklift Industry will also be looking to do their bit towards the environment.
At the same time as looking at greener, more environmentally suitable options, if there is a way that companies can also work smarter and develop new techniques then many are looking to take these ideas on board.
The engineers at CAM Forklift Trucks based in Sheffield have been working with Managers at George Walker Transport to work on new ideas and techniques to improve the role of Forklift Trucks in the material handling operations.
Back in 2016, they began updating the fleet at TCM with 20 new forklifts and 20 powered pallet trucks. Furthermore, the company is now expected to take delivery of another 13 TCM trucks.
The company made the decision to use TCM gas-fuelled trucks due to their performance, safety features and also operator comfort. The TCM trucks offer lower fuel costs and lower emissions and still they have a capability of 2.0-ton lift capacity with sound construction and heavy-duty breaks.
The engineering of these forklifts state that over a five-year lease period the saving in fuel economy alone will amount to a six-figure sum.
Employee satisfaction is becoming more and more important to employers and it has been proven that employee satisfaction and involvement is more powerful that supervision alone.
With that in mind, it’s important to have the right training to accompany the right members of staff and technology and this is where Forklift Agency can help.
Forklift Agency provide health and safety approved training to both companies and individuals. They don’t charge travelling costs and will provide the training at a time and place to suit you. The trainers are highly experienced, friendly yet professional and offer either novice or refresher training.
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Yale is a huge name in the Forklift Industry but just like its many competitors, Yale is always looking for new ways to bring new technology to the market.
Recently they have unveiled their new high-capacity truck which adds to it’s already diverse portfolio.
The new truck, the GDP160EC12 was first revealed to Yale’s customers and dealers as well as journalists at their ‘This is Yale’ event which was held in Germany back on the 19th and 20th of September.
The new model is capable of lifting weights of up to 16 tonnes and at a 1200mm load centre. This is great news in the answer to being able to move and transport unusual size loads. It has been announced to lend itself to moving objects such as lumber, concrete, steel and other heavy loads.
In terms of operator benefits, the new truck is said to have great operator visibility as well as a higher number of carriage options. Another benefit is that the narrow front axle, this allows the load centre line distance to be enhanced meaning that the carriage can be mounted as close as possible to the drive wheels.
So if you dream of operating such a truck, or any form of forklift whatsoever then you’ll need to ensure you get the right training. Whether you’re a novice or you simply require a refresher then Forklift Agency can provide the right training for you. We provide health and safety approved training nationwide, we’ll train at a time and place to suit you and we don’t charge for traveling costs.
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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:
Aurelius Environmental Fenix PB
HIAB E-MOFFETT electric truck-mounted fork lifts
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
Cat Lift Trucks NRM20-25N2 multi-way reach truck range
Combilift Combi-MR multi-directional reach truck
Linde Material Handling Linde Rescue Alarm
Robur Trucks Bespoke remote-control powered pallet truck
TCM FB Series
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
Robur Trucks Bespoke glass-handling truck
Toyota Material Handling Toyota Autopilot
Toyota Material Handling Autopilot TAE50
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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:
- Always check the load is securely stacked and the pallet is not damaged.
- Carefully ensure that the forks are in the gaps correctly, push the two handles down in an upright position and then push steadily forwards.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- On a slope, ensure that the handles are well controlled to control the trucks speed, pull back on both handles to keep control.
- 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.
- 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.
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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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.
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.
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.