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Introducing Our New Delivery Lorry!

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Here at East Midlands Forklifts, we have recently made the exciting investment of our very own lorry. This shiny new vehicle is going to make a huge difference to the business, enabling us to have more control over our operations, which will mean that we can work much more seamlessly.  The new delivery lorry will be used to transport our forklifts, and those that need to be brought to our depot for maintenance services. It boasts the ability to carry 19 tons, or up to an impressive 5 forklifts! One of the main benefits of having this lorry is that we’ll…

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Rugby World Cup Competition

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How to enter To enter, you must comment who you believe the first try scorer will be as well as the minute in which it will be scored.  The entrant with the right guess of the player and the closest minute guess will win the Amazon voucher prize!  The competition is open to enter from Tuesday 29th October 2019 to midday Friday the 1st of November.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday the 5th of November.  In the event of a tie, the winners names will be added to a ‘hat’ and pulled out at random. The first to be…

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The Dangers of Casual Forklift Training

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What is casual forklift training?  Casual forklift training is that which is carried out informally, with no official goal or accreditation. Some employers allow inexperienced newcomers to be trained by their existing forklift operators, rather than by professional training providers, which is highly concerning considering the level of risk that comes with operating a forklift truck. Some of the people carrying out this training have also never been instructed by an accredited trainer, which only worsens the problem.   Although there are some elements of forklift driving which may be adequately explained in-house by experienced employees, environments such as warehouses and…

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Do I Need A Licence To Drive A Forklift Truck?

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Want to be able to drive a forklift truck but unsure of the requirements? You’re not alone – with so many different options available for training, certification and licensing, it can be confusing to know what’s necessary for you to get started. Read on to find out how to make sure you’re ready to start operating your forklift – it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think. The basics A licence isn’t essential to drive a forklift truck, but there are a few requirements that you must meet in order to safely operate one. Age – the HSC Approved Code…

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The Big Bank Holiday Biscuit Giveaway!

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How to enter To enter, you must comment with a numerical guess of how many individual tea bags a counterbalance forklift could carry (based on weight) The entrant with the closest guess to the figure determined by East Midlands Forklifts will win the prize of a biscuit hamper. The competition is open to enter from Thursday 22nd August 2019 to midday Tuesday 27th August 2019. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 27th August and the hamper will be delivered to the winner’s address within two weeks. In the event of a tie, the winners names will be added to a…

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The Business Cost of Forklift Accidents

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When forklifts are used in an industrial setting, such as a warehouse for instance, they can quickly improve the efficiency and internal flow of labour. They make difficult, tedious jobs more manageable for workers, allowing them to distribute, organise and transport goods quickly and effectively. However, statistics show that over 1,300 employees in the UK are hospitalised due to forklift accidents each year. Poor health and safety procedures, which can lead to the improper use of forklifts, can have serious consequences for a business — monetary and otherwise. The cost of damaged machinery Forklifts are valuable assets to a business. If…

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How Is It Possible for a Forklift Not to Tip Over?

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Forklifts are relatively compact vehicles and yet are capable of carrying extremely heavy loads. At first glance, you may wonder how the forklift achieves this without toppling forward. The answer is actually quite simple, and it all comes down to one thing: physics. In this article, we’re going to explain how forklift stability works and how to stay safe when lifting heavy loads. Counterweight Physics teaches us that stability occurs when a force is balanced with an equal, opposite force. Forklifts attest to this theory by countering the heavy weight at the front with an equal or greater weight at the…

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What Are the Different Types of Forklift Training?

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There is a common misconception regarding forklift licenses and the corresponding training. Many people presume the process of receiving a forklift license is similar to receiving a driving license — everyone takes a standardised test and, once passed, receives a shiny new license that allows them to drive any car (with a few exceptions) anywhere in the country. The truth is, forklift licenses don’t really exist. Not physical licenses anyway. Instead, you will receive a physical certificate upon completing a training course. If your employer deems this certification to be sufficient enough to operate the forklift safely and properly, they will…

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How High Can a Forklift Lift?

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1906 saw the creation of the very first forklift, a contraption not too dissimilar to the forklifts of today. A little over a century later, forklifts are ubiquitous, helping businesses throughout the manufacturing industry lift and transport heavy goods with minimal effort. Unlike the solitary forklift variety back in 1906, forklifts today have branched into a number of different subsets, each engineered to cater to specific tasks and environments. Here at East Midlands Forklifts, we sell many types of forklifts, including reach, counterbalance, warehouse, pedestrian stacker, multi-directional, telescopic and side loader. The various forklifts are tailored for performing particular jobs, and,…

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Can You Hire A Forklift?

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For many industries, forklifts are ubiquitous; their presence is vital to ensure day-to-day business operations are successful. Forklifts are, therefore, sometimes purchased up front and owned by the business. However, at East Midlands Forklifts, we also provide forklifts for hire. What types of forklift hire are available? There are two types of forklift hire: fast, short-term hire and long-term leasing contracts. Short-term hire entails hiring a forklift for a short, unspecified amount of time, whereas long-term leasing will be for a much longer and explicit duration. Why would you need to hire a forklift short term? Short term hire of a…

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