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Is Your Forklift Winter Ready?

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Make sure your forklifts are safe this winter. Bitter temperatures, reduced daylight hours and ice-covered surfaces all pose risks to your forklift trucks, but a few simple checks and tweaks will ensure your operators remain safe. Use this checklist to get your forklifts ready for winter. Check tyres Two elements of your tyres should be inspected for winter: tread depth and air pressure. Larger tread depth provides better grip. You should check the tread depth of your tyres and consider replacing them if you think more grip is required. Winter tyres should have a tread depth of at least 4mm, and…

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5 Ways Human Error Impacts Forklift Safety

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Around 1,300 people in the UK are hospitalised each year due to forklift accidents in the workplace. These incidents include overturns, collisions, workers getting crushed and drivers falling out the forklift. Though some of these incidents are caused by equipment failure or malfunction, many result from simple human errors that could have easily been avoided. If you’re not careful, your actions could seriously injure yourself or a colleague. Stay safe — discover how human error can impact forklift safety in your workplace. Tiredness and Fatigue Overworking or not getting enough sleep can lead to impaired judgement and delayed reactions. It’s important…

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Our New and Improved Fleet

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The past few months have been a strange time for all of us. No one foresaw a global pandemic, especially not one that has affected so many industries across the world. When the country was locked down, things were quiet. But this gave us an opportunity to reflect on our business. While many of our competitors are closed, we’ve seized on the opportunity to grow. Our business is and has always been about customer satisfaction, so we used these quieter few months to improve the level of service we provide our customers.  The answer? We’ve expanded our fleet of vehicles to…

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Can Forklifts be Used to Tow?

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Forklifts are not designed to tow, and it is not recommended that you attempt to do so.  If you desperately need to tow with your forklift, there are attachments that support forklift towing, though these should only be used for towing vehicles of a specific type, size and weight as outlined with each attachment. For continuous towing, we recommend finding more suitable towing equipment.  This article will explain why towing is not recommended on a standalone forklift, and the accessories you can use to make towing safer. Why can’t you tow with a forklift? Forklifts were designed to lift heavy materials…

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Why Forklift Thorough Examinations Are So Important

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If things are busy, it can often be easy to cast aside certain important processes, procedures and duties to make sure all the work is done on time. When it comes to thorough forklift examinations, this isn’t something you should skip. It’s vitally important that you maintain your equipment for a number of reasons, with the following just five of the more important ones to consider. Safety As per LOLER and PUWER regulations, the safety of both the operator and the staff in the area is important. Without a thorough examination, there is a much higher chance that something could go…

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Free Forklift Transport On All Forklift Hires!

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It’s been a busy few weeks here at East Midlands Forklifts and with many businesses looking to get back up and running across the next few weeks, we thought we’d do our bit to help get local businesses (just like ours) through this period. That’s why we’ve decided to offer free forklift transport for all hires with a minimum term of 4 weeks – Subject to being within a 30 mile radius of LE115QY. Just quote code ‘Forklift4’ when speaking to one of the team and we’d be happy to arrange this offer for you. If you’d like to browse through…

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Keeping the East Midlands moving: our response to Covid-19

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Our top priority is the safety of our employees and clients, so we want to keep everyone informed of the steps we are taking to help stop the spread of the virus and follow government guidelines, whilst making sure that our services are still accessible to those that need them. East Midlands Forklifts are still open for business whilst we support new and existing customers in key industries such as construction, warehousing and distribution, during what is inevitably going to be a particularly busy period. Forklifts are crucial for many of the companies we are relying on right now, so we…

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Your Guide to Becoming a Forklift Operator

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Operating a forklift takes a degree of skill and knowledge of health and safety for the job to be done effectively. If you’re wondering how to become a forklift driver, or whether it’s even the right job for you, this article will explore key questions such as standard duties, salary expectations, training requirements, and how to start a career in this area.  Job description for a forklift operator  A job description may vary depending on the workplace, but generally a forklift operator is responsible for operating a forklift machine to stack, transport and maneuver goods, containers or pallets. Often this is…

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Common Forklift Faults and How to Fix Them

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Over the course of its lifetime, your forklift truck may gradually start to develop faults which affect its everyday performance. In this article, we’ve listed some of the most common problems dealt with by operators, and how they can be fixed. Remember, you should always be monitoring the condition of your machine and enlisting the help of a professional if you want a problem to be diagnosed and fixed properly. Forklift does not start If it won’t start up, your forklift is pretty much useless. The cause of the problem could be something as obvious as a flat battery or lack…

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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 an impressive 5 forklifts! One of the main benefits of having this lorry is that we’ll no longer…

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