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The Most Common Forklift Hazards

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Forklifts are a great way to transport heavy loads across your workplace. However, as with all heavy equipment, forklifts are going to pose some level of danger if not used correctly.  Staying safe in the workplace is a number one priority, so it’s important that your workforce recognises and understands the most common forklift hazards. In this article, we’ll describe the top five most common hazards and how you can ensure your workforce remains safe. Manoeuvring and handling While rear-end steering provides a tight turn radius for the front of forklifts, the back of forklifts are known to swing wide during…

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Most Common Forklift Attachments

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One of the best things about forklifts is that they’re versatile. They can be used for almost any application — just add the required attachment. There’s various attachments to choose from, each with their own benefits. In this article, we’ll explain the five most common types of forklift attachments and their advantages. Sideshifter Sideshifters are one of the most common forklift attachments and are regularly used in multiple industries, including agriculture, construction and paper handling. They enable the forks to move side to side so that the operators can make small adjustments in racking without having to manoeuvre the entire truck….

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What Are The Different Forklift Power Types?

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There are three forklift power types: electric, petrol and diesel. Which one you should use will depend on the application, run-time requirements, number of shifts and environment of your company. Understanding the differences between the different power types, as well as their advantages and disadvantages, will help you to determine which one to use in a particular situation. In this article, you’ll discover the pros and cons of each forklift power type. Electric forklifts Electric forklifts are quick and easy to manoeuvre and are typically used indoors.  Advantages: Environmentally friendly — electric forklifts don’t emit any greenhouse gases Quieter than LP…

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Can Forklifts Drive on Grass?

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It’s possible to drive a forklift on grass, but only with the right type of truck, the right set of wheels and the right safety precautions in place. Failing to do any of these could lead to serious injury or death. We always recommend speaking to a reputable forklift company before driving your forklift on grass. In this article, discover which forklifts and wheels are most suitable for driving on grass, as well as the precautions you should take before doing so. Which forklift is most suitable for driving on grass? There are various types of forklifts, tailored to suit different…

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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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