Category: Materials Handling

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

STREAMLINE YOUR COSTS WITH ATTACHMENTS

ATTACHMENTS ‘SAVE BILLIONS’ FOR BUSINESS

Businesses could "save billions" by fitting attachments to their forklift trucks, according to materials handling experts. In one European industry, for example, businesses are – on average – saving as much as 600,000 Euros each in stock damage alone. Fork Lift Briefing spoke to Carlo Fallarini, sales and marketing director of Bolzoni Auramo, one of the world’s leading supplier of forklift attachments, to find out more about how attachments could help your business. › Read More

THE TOP 10 FORKLIFT ACCIDENT FAILS 2017

RISKY FORKLIFT OPERATIONS COULD COST YOU YOUR TRUCKS, YOUR BUSINESS AND – WORST OF ALL – YOUR LIFE.

Top 10 forklift accident fails 2017 10: If you can’t see forward, reverse. 9: Loading bays: expect the unexpected. 8: Use your horn. 7: Secure your load. 6: If you need a ramp, get a ramp. 5: Be realistic about your load. 4: …if in doubt, take a smaller load… 3: Gradeability is ramp performance 2: Avoid improvisation. 1: Keep off the › Read More

Saving Money with Cleaner Engines

CLEANER ENGINES ARE GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT – AND YOUR TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP (TCO). COULD HAVING A CLEANER ENGINE HELP YOU SAVE MONEY?

Demand for lower vehicle emissions and higher fuel efficiency in the automotive industry has drifted over other motive industries. And, industrial lift trucks are no exception. Besides market demand also (European) regulations influenced the development of the modern industrial engines. To meet these requirements, many diesel engine manufacturers are using Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) systems, an › Read More