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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
This year’s Fork Lift Truck Association Safety Convention will take place on Wednesday 3rd October and this year it will be proudly sponsored by Toyota.
The event will be held at the Heart of England Event and Conference Centre and will see hundreds of managers of companies that are responsible for ensuring the safety standards in their workplaces.
The event is a great opportunity for attendees to hear about the experience and knowledge of materials handling and safety specialists and to obtain advice and guidance about the issues relating to the workplaces and forklift truck industry.
It has recently been announced that incidents in the workplace are on the rise with more than 1300 individuals in 2016/17 having been seriously injured or having died as a result of forklift truck accidents.
For those attending the event in October, there will be a chance to hear presentations from industry experts addressing many safety issues in the workplace as well as guest speakers and case studies to get involved in.
If in the meantime you’re looking for forklift truck training, be it novice or refresher, Forklift Agency can help. We provide health and safety approved training nationwide, and we don’t charge travelling costs. We’ll provide the training at a time and location to suit you and you can be assured our trainers are highly experienced and professional.
To book your training or to find out more, call the team on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.
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.
- All staff and machine operators should receive full and adequate training.
- The appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn.
- Only the right machinery and trucks for the given workspace should be used.
- All machinery should you regularly services, examined and maintained.
- Operating restrictions such as speed etc should be enforced and followed.
- Drivers should be aware of their surroundings and have excellent visibility at all times.
- Loads should never be exceeded and kept safe and secure at all times.
- Pedestrians should avoid walking or being in operating parameters of the forklift forks.
- 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 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.
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.
Want to find out more? 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.
It’s an industry wide problem when standards aren’t what they should be for all of those using and employing staff to use a forklift.
Training Standards are currently under the spotlight as BITA and RTITB turn their attention to the delivery of training within the Forklift training.
The two boards hope to achieve some common goals in the training standards across the country such as promoting the forklift industry as an attractive career path for younger people by raising awareness.
There will also be focus on the level of standards and the delivery of training. The RTITB and BITA aim to minimise the risk with workers and operators in the workplace thus reducing the amount of workplace incidents, making a safer working environment for all.
Finally, there is to be a focus on new technology and how this can be used by prospective operators to be able to access training in a modern and ‘technology-friendly’ manner.
A younger, highly trained workforce will bring new life into the sector and attract more people into the industry. Bringing a wealth of fresh energy into the industry, and hopefully bring a workforce able to complete at a global level.
The RTITB want to bring together global brands that work together to encourage good practice, efficiency and high training standards.
If you or your staff are looking for Forklift training, then Forklift Agency can help. We offer novice or refresher courses and we offer the training at a time and place to suit you. The training is delivered by highly experienced trainers and we offer the training nationwide, and we don’t charge for traveling costs. If you think that we can assist your staff then please don’t hesitate to 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.
We’re all used to the advances in technology, from computers and smartphones to the cars that we drive, but what does the future hold for the forklift?
Well, here we give an insight as to what you could expect…
Up and coming innovative manufacturers are taking on the industry giants when it comes to design and performance. These new manufacturers will encourage the market leaders to also keep up with new technology and will hopefully change the face of the industry.
Increased range and good for the planet, hydrogen fuel cell technology produces electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen. These two chemicals create a reaction which is in turn converted into electricity cells. This process releases no CO2 into the atmosphere and the only byproduct is water.
We all know that safety is paramount and there are still a high number of casualties and fatalities every year involving forklifts. The use of safety sensors to monitor a forklift’s movements along with Toyota’s new swing lock cylinder which temporarily stops the swinging of the rear axle prevents the chance of tipping over the truck during normal use.
Along with sensors, rear cameras could help prevent accidents whilst operating the forklifts. A head up display will automatically be activated when an operator puts the forklift into reverse saving the operator having to swivel around to manoeuvre.
This technology is already being used in cars today but in the not too distant future, this is expected to be extended to forklifts as well.
The future certainly looks bright for the forklift industry so you want to ensure you’re up to date with your training, and this is where Forklift Agency can help. Give us a call to discuss your requirements – 0330 330 9425 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch shortly.