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Forklift Truck Buying Guide

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The humble forklift truck offers a vast helping hand to businesses across the world. If your business is expanding and you have never bought or rented a forklift before, this guide could save you from being caught out with the wrong truck. If you are a veteran forklift owner with an out-of-date fleet, it should offer a good checklist to ensure your new investment is the best it can be. New trucks With a new truck, you are spared the challenge of sourcing a well-maintained second-life machine. It comes with a guarantee, a service package and a certified dealer who can…

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Forklift Basic Training

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  A fully qualified forklift operator is important for both the safety of others and ensuring that a forklift is used in the most efficient way. A forklift licence must be held by all who wish to operate a forklift, and the relevant training is available from many reputable providers throughout the country, including from ourselves here at East Midlands Forklifts, so failure to have your employees or yourself properly trained will be inexcusable. This month, we’re looking at the necessary components of forklift training you must undergo to receive your licence, providing you with more insight into the importance of…

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What is a ‘thorough examination’ forklift inspection

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A thorough examination is vital when it comes to owning and operating forklifts to ensure the safety and functionality of your equipment at all times. Here, we run through exactly what these inspections constitute and what they cover: What is it? The thorough examination under LOLER – Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations – is a systematic and detailed examination of the forklift equipment including its safety-critical parts, which is carried out at specified intervals by a competent person. This person will then go on to complete a written report of the examination’s findings, detailing the ‘health’ of the forklift as…

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The evolution of forklifts

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Forklifts, an invention created many years ago, have evolved over the years to meet ever-changing requirements and suiting more diverse uses than ever before. With changes in technology creating new potential in the forklift industry, the forklifts we see being produced today are a stark contrast to those more traditional models. Here, we run through some of the changes forklifts have gone through during their development: Smart technology With the ever-changing technology industry, it is now possible for forklifts to be connected to intelligent systems including ERP systems, RFIDs and Zone Control. Sensors can even be attached to forklifts, which allow…

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BLAXTAIR pedestrian detection system

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The Blaxtair pedestrian detection system is revolutionising workplaces across the country, making a huge difference to institutions using forklifts and similar vehicles. With a number of beneficial features, the system can make a huge difference in keeping workplaces a safe yet efficient and productive place. Here, we explain a little more about what is is that the BLAXTAIR pedestrian system does and how it works. What is BLAXTAIR? An intelligent, on-board camera, the BLAXTAIR is designed to prevent collisions occurring between industrial trucks and pedestrians working within the industrial site. The solution allows for efficient work within the industrial site that…

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New location for Safety Conference

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The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) are renowned for their annual Safety Conference, taking place during summer each year. The venue plays an important role in the success of the conference each year it is held, and this year will be no exception with a fantastic new venue recently announced. The 2016 conference will be held at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre, near Coventry, and will be sponsored by Jungheinrich UK. What happens at the conference? The conference addresses key issues in the forklift industry, focusing on those which directly impact upon those workers operating the trucks. Events…

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Female Tornado Pilot to Speak at FLTA Safety Conference

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On the 29th June, the Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) National Fork Lift Safety Conference will take place for the 14th year. The conference sees industry insiders from across the country meet up in Coventry to share knowledge and advice on all aspects of forklift safety. The theme for this year’s event is Leadership and Ownership, with issues such as staff accountability being debated. Jo Salter, Britain’s first female fast jet pilot and successful management consultant, is taking part in the event, sharing her previous experience of being entrusted with military hardware worth £25 million. Jo Salter: An inspiration As a…

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Temporary Christmas workers lacking basic skill sets

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In today’s society, there is an ever-growing popularity for hiring temporary workers over the festive period to provide assistance with over-worked existing staff in stores, restaurants and cafes bursting at the seams with custom and stock. This increase in temporary staffing is unsurprising, as with the British public due to set a record breaking online shopping spree in the lead up to Christmas this year, warehouses which do not have enough workers to deal with stock and orders will fall short and suffer the consequences with added stress and higher incidents of mistakes made during the processing of customers’ orders. However,…

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Electric vs diesel or LPG vs gas? What power should I use for my forklift?

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There are a number of different ways in which you can power your forklifts. Here, we run through the three main sources of power for forklifts, listing their relative benefits and disadvantages to help you decide which is best for your forklift and your requirements.                     Electric Pros This type of power is the most environmentally friendly, producing no fumes during operation Easier to drive than engine-powered machines, in general, as no clutch or inching pedal Lower maintenance and servicing costs than other types of power Clean and quiet to operate Cons Higher…

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Forklift Training Guide

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A tool that is invaluable in the operation of storage facilities, warehouses and construction sites, forklifts are a commonly used vehicle in a number of premises. Though fairly simple to operate, it is important that all staff using the machines have the correct, relevant and up-to-date training before they can safely and legally operate them. Here at East Midlands Forklifts, we have devised a handy guide to explain the process of the training to anyone who is to undertake it. Forklift license and training costs With six accreditation bodies in the UK, there are various sources from which you can receive…

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