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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.

 

If you’re looking for the Forklift Training either for yourself or staff member, Forklift Agency can help. We offer health and safety approved training nationwide, and our friendly and experienced trainers don’t charge travelling costs either. Interested to find out more? Give the team 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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Tips to Improve Forklift Safety

Posted by | June 18, 2018 | Latest News, News

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Throughout the industry, there are many people that don’t give a second thought to Forklift safety, either through lack of time, the probability of an accident occurring or just plain ignorance.

 

Whatever the reason, the cost of safety is just too high to avoid consideration or to not invest in, and if this is the route taken it may be just a matter of time before something happens that makes an employer take note.

 

It’s of paramount importance that time and effort is spent on making a workplace as safe as possible, by educating staff and operators of the dangers of forklift trucks in the workplace.

 

To assist employers help keep their staff safe, alongside the safe operation of forklifts, the regular training courses to be provided as well as regular maintenance of the vehicles here are a few tips;

 

Use Videos

 

Over time, the impact of regular training courses lessens and the finer details become overlook or forgotten about however, the use of video footage is an easy way to keep staff updated and is fairly low in cost to produce. All staff to access the training videos on a company intranet or via link on email for a quick way to reiterate the safe operating of forklifts and general safety in the workplace.

 

Offer regular in-house refresher training

 

Keeping all staff (not just those who operate a forklift) updated on how to work safely within a workplace can help reduce injury and accidents.

 

Those that work on foot in the vicinity of a forklift should be just as informed of the dangers as forklift operators.

 

Bespoke training programs can be offered in the workplace, saving the cost of external training courses and carried out at a time to suit the employer.

 

These are just a couple of ways you can improve safety in the workplace but these ideas shouldn’t be a substitute for regular refresher training offered by professionals. Forklift Agency can provide you with health and safety approved training and offer the courses at a time and place to suit you. Give the team 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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Forklift Truck Safety

Posted by | May 21, 2018 | Latest News, News

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Every year there thousands of accidents that involve forklift trucks in the workplace, the good news is that the number is reducing annually but many of the incidents are avoidable if staff have the right training and machines are in good, working order.

 

Many of the incidents are not serious but at the other end of the scale, 85 people per year die in these incidents although this is reducing year on year. Still, even one fatality is one too many and more needs to be done my both employers and employees to ensure that workplaces are as safe as possible.

 

Once a business has the required machinery, the next, and most important step, is to ensure that the workforce is adequately trained and understand that regular safety checks are carried out on the machinery.

 

The right training can ensure that workplace staff fully understand the risks that operating machinery poses as well as how the risks can be minimised. Training alone is not enough to keep individuals safe, regular safety checks of the machinery are absolutely essential and should be carried out on a regular basis to ensure they are fit for purpose and are ok to be driven.

 

Safety tips should be offered to all drivers but here we list those tips that you can pass on to your staff.

 

  1. All staff and machine operators should receive full and adequate training.
  2. The appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn.
  3. Only the right machinery and trucks for the given workspace should be used.
  4. All machinery should you regularly services, examined and maintained.
  5. Operating restrictions such as speed etc should be enforced and followed.
  6. Drivers should be aware of their surroundings and have excellent visibility at all times.
  7. Loads should never be exceeded and kept safe and secure at all times.
  8. Pedestrians should avoid walking or being in operating parameters of the forklift forks.
  9. When a forklift is parked, it should always have the key removed and never left unattended with the engine running.

 

As mentioned previously, it is imperative that the right training is offered to employees and that is where Forklift Agency can help. We offer training to both employers and individuals nationwide, we have highly experienced trainers who don’t charge for travel costs and will run the training at a time and place to suit you. If you’re interested, give the team a call on 0330 330 9425 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

The Global Forklift Market

Posted by | May 7, 2018 | Latest News, News

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The future looks to be bright for the Global Forklift Truck Market is expected to rise at a rate of 6.4% up until 2023 which is great news for all those involved in the market.

 

The market is defined by two parts; The Warehouse Type and the Counterbalance Type, of which the latter was the one to generate the highest revenue.

 

The market overall is separated to the following different areas; automotive, food industry, logistics and retail & wholesale. Retail & wholesale largely dominates the market due to rise of applications of forklift trucks to be used in this area.

 

Although the Global Market for Forklift Trucks is growing the world over, the Asia-Pacific area still dominates the market due to the continued rise of industrialisation in that area.

 

It is China’s ever growing e-commerce requirements that are fuelling the requirements for forklift trucks in that area and it shows no sign of slowing down.

 

Whichever sector of the industry you’re in, the forecast for the sector as a whole looks great. It is important however, for anybody operating a forklift truck that they regularly embark on refresher forklift training courses to ensure their skills stay up to date and any changes are brought to an individual’s attention. At this point, Forklift Agency can help.

 

Forklift Agency offer both novice and refresher training at a time and place to suit you. We don’t charge for travelling costs and we train both individuals and employees. We have highly trained and professional staff to assist you with all your Forklift training requirements. 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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It may sound obvious that you’d know when your Forklift requires replacing but if you’re unsure what you should be looking for, this guide may help.

 

Tyres: Forklift Trucks do not have a standard suspension systems and therefore means that the entire weight of a forklift is put onto the Forklift’s tyres. For this reason, it’s really important to ensure that these are regularly checked and are replaced as soon is necessary.

 

The biggest indicator that the tyres require replacing are when they are worn below the wear line. Other factors include any tears or flat spots which could make the machine unbalanced.

 

Forks: Firstly, any damage should you acknowledged as this can cause weakness of the forks or to the good that are being moved. It is important to regularly measure the forks to ensure that they don’t exceed 10% of their normal thickness as this can impact on lifting capacity. The angle of the forks should also be checked to ensure that these are correct.

 

Oil Leaks: As with any other vehicle, it is important to check the oil levels and for any leaks as this can be a common problem with forklifts. A regular service can keep on top of this and any repairs required are usually taken care of quickly.

 

The Chain and Mast: With the chain it’s important to ensure that it is not worn, rusty and is free of any kinks. A damaged chain can also cause damage to the goods. The mast should move smoothly so ensure there is no jerking or catching, again a regular service can keep this is check.

 

So now you know how to maintain your forklift, it’s just as important to have members of staff regularly trained and up to date with operating the machines.

 

Forklift Agency can assist with the training with their highly experienced and professional trainers. We don’t charge travelling costs and we’ll provide the training at a time and place to suit you.

 

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