Category: Materials Handling

Welfaux Becomes One of the First UK Companies to Become FLTA-Accredited

We’re better than the rest – and we can prove it! We are one of the first companies in the UK to be accredited by the country’s foremost authority on materials handling.

Many people can sell or hire you a forklift truck, and all will tell you they’re the best.  But few – if any – can support that claim with solid evidence.   We can.    Welfaux Materials Handling Ltd. has become one › Read More

How To Take an Eco-Minded Approach to Materials Handling and Warehouse Operations

The future is green – is your operation ready?

Environmental impact is an increasingly hot topic both for businesses in their working practices and individuals in their everyday lives. As more customers seek companies with sustainable and eco-friendly approaches, it may be time for businesses involved in materials handling and warehousing to examine where they can lessen their environmental impact. 

Buy Second-Hand

Over-consumption is a key contributor to environmental pollution. When everyone is constantly buying › Read More

You MUST Undergo Necessary Forklift Inspection, Maintenance and Repair During Covid-19, Confirms FLTA

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have confirmed that forklifts and other materials handling & plant equipment MUST continue to undergo scheduled maintenance, repair and statutory inspection during the current pandemic.

Whilst cars and other motor vehicles may be exempt from undergoing MOTs during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, owners and operators of materials handling and plant equipment such as forklifts should not follow › Read More

How to Operate a Hand Pallet Trucks Safely

When we talk about safety within materials handling we are not just referring to powered equipment. Manual equipment such as hand pallet trucks can also provide a risk to safety. So, we wanted to give you some advice and tips on how best to operate a hand pallet trucks safely.

Pre-operational checks

  1. Visually inspect the hand pallet trucks for damage or cracks.
  2. Raise the forks to check the hydraulic pump is in working order. Do this by pressing › Read More

Pallet Stacker an Alternative to a Forklift?

A new pallet stacker could the best alternative to a used forklift

It’s often the case that the company hasn’t really thought about how the machine is actually being used day-to-day. Ideally, they’d look at how often it’s being used and in what situations. After all, the truck may have been in service for 5 or 10 years and businesses can change significantly in that time. By looking at the situation with fresh eyes, they may › Read More

Questions to ask when buying a forklift

Whether it’s your first forklift or your 100th, you still need to buy it (or lease it). When buying a forklift, the old "kick the tyres" check, just won’t cut it. There are certain questions you need to ask that could save you hundreds, maybe even thousands of pounds. Before purchasing new equipment, most buyers go through an evaluation process that goes something like this:
  1. Analyse Current Operations
    1. Will anything be changing?  Specifically: have forklift hours increased?  Decreased? › Read More

Forklift Facts

The forklift was developed in the early 20th century by various companies, including Clark, which made transmissions, and Yale & Towne Manufacturing, which made hoists. Since World War II, the use and development of the forklift truck have greatly expanded worldwide. Forklifts have become an indispensable piece of equipment in manufacturing and warehousing. The impact they have had on the efficiency › Read More

Can you afford to lose money? Or worse, lives?

WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS COST EUROPEAN BUSINESSES MORE THAN 384 MILLION EUROS EACH WEEK.

But, as companies of all shapes and sizes strive for maximum impact with minimum outlay, experts are concerned that the current focus on saving money could lead some managers to cut corners when it comes to safety: putting lives at risk.

COUNTING THE TRUE COST

A staggering 4.5 million serious accidents already occur in European workplaces annually, claiming the lives of 5,500 workers, according › Read More

Report of Thorough Examination

When we’re working with forklifts day in and day out, we forget that they’re a dangerous bit of kit. Recently, the operation a poorly maintained forklift, left one teenager hospitalised with serious injuries. And a businessman’s livelihood in ruins.

DANGEROUS TRUCKS

Courts recently heard of how a 17-year-old worker was left hospitalised for two weeks. He had had his his leg trapped by a  poorly maintained forklift. The truck, which was on loan from another business for six › Read More