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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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Forklifts On Public Roads: What Are the Laws?

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Taking your forklift onto public roads must be done in accordance with the current legislation. Perhaps you think that offloading something at the side of the road or nipping across the street does not require your forklift have the appropriate registration, tax or insurance – this is not true, and you could be committing an offence without realising it. Here at East Midlands Forklifts, we’ve put together this short guide to the laws concerning forklifts on public roads and how you can adhere to them – helping you avoid any issues or fines in the future. Can forklifts go on public…

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Fork Lift Truck Association: Incentives for Apprentices

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  In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2014, much needed additional incentives were put in place to help Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) taking on apprentices in the coming year’s intake. In the fork lift truck industry, an additional £1,500 is to be made available, to help companies employing up to 50 people provide an additional apprentice place. Once Upon a Time 50 years ago, Britain was powered by a massive industrial manufacturing base. Car manufacturing, iron and steel production, aero-engineering, domestic appliances, ship building, and civil engineering companies thrived. All these companies employed hundreds, if not thousands of men and women. And…

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Is ‘Forklift Operator’ The Right Career For Me?

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Forklift operators are required to load and unload heavy goods and move them to and from warehouses. If you can handle the physical side of this job quickly, and you are able to measure weights accurately, then this job may be right for you.   Requirements Although the work may be repetitive at times, there are still many challenges that come with it. You may have to manually carry items that cannot be lifted with a forklift, or you might work in extreme temperatures, moving heavy materials for up to 8 hours a day. It is important to be physically fit…

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The Top 10 Lift Truck Suppliers in 2013

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While increases in truck sales in 2010 and 2011 remained higher than expected, these sales tapered off in 2012, dropping from 37% in 2011 to just a fraction of a per cent in 2013. This tapering off can be correlated to a decline in the economy, meaning that even a small growth is above expectations. Experts have stated that the decrease in growth rate is a good thing, as it is more stable than the growth of previous years. It reflects smarter practices on both the parts of the manufacturers and the buyers of lift trucks, meaning that the purchase of…

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East Midlands Forklifts Welcome Article

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The team at East Midlands Forklifts are delighted to welcome you to our brand new blog! In line with our commitment to good communication with our customers, we have set up a place for us to keep you up to date with all the latest news – both internally from within the company, and in the wider forklift and heavy machinery industry. From great hire rates to tips and advice for keeping your vehicles in optimum conditions, you’ll find it all here. So check back soon for further updates, and don’t hesitate to contact East Midlands Forklifts for more information in…

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