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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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5 Ways To Prevent Forklift Accidents

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Workplace accidents can result in pain and loss of livelihood for an employee, and legal problems for an employer. Forklift accidents are no exception, and therefore prevention is paramount to meet your duty of care.   Vehicles and machinery handling will always have an element of danger. By becoming aware of the possible pitfalls and endeavouring to stop accidents in their tracks, you will ensure a safer, happier working environment for all.   How to prevent forklift accidents Forklift accidents can be prevented by training staff correctly, investing in safety products, enforcing good workplace practices, and regularly servicing the right equipment…

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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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Fork Truck Safety

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When it comes to preventing fork truck accidents, there are a number of good practices in place which ensure the utmost safety of these vehicles in all their functions. Here, we explain a bit more about the National Fork Truck Safety Conference, and why it is so important. This year’s conference is to be held at Loughborough University in the East Midlands. Taking place this month, on 23rd September, the event will focus on peer-to-peer presentations discussing the best practice for using fork trucks. This exchange of information is a bid to lower the currently high levels of injuries and damage…

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Voluntary accreditation schemes for lift-truck training

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Accreditation is voluntary in the instance of lift-truck training and learning, but is something which is immensely beneficial to a company as a whole. Schemes are now in place which allow for voluntary accreditation to the standard outlined in the L117 ACOP, which are put in place with the intention of: setting and maintaining a consistently professional standard aiding employers to choose training organisations or lift-truck companies who offer training of a high standard How do the schemes work? Working by the following of course syllabuses approved by the accrediting body, companies’ workers will carry out said training in suitable premises…

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Propane Safety Online

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There are more than 500,000 propane-fuelled forklifts that operate throughout manufacturing plants and distribution centres. It’s not hard to understand why, as propane forklifts maintain their consistency and offer many advantages over other energy sources. This type of fuel is safe for indoor and outdoor use, unlike diesel or gasoline. What’s more, there is no spillage loss from the cylinder of the forklift so you won’t have to worry about evaporative emissions. Due to the high safety of propane-powered forklifts, up to 80 per cent of industries prefer using this gas. Aside from safety features, propane is a versatile gas that’s…

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Keeping Your Forklift Safe Through Winter

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Wear Winter-Appropriate Clothing It is crucial to stay as warm as possible in the winter to avoid succumbing to infectious illness and conditions such as hypothermia. Winter-appropriate clothing must be worn to maintain thermal comfort. Whereas a cold forklift driver is more likely to make a costly mistake in hazardous winter conditions, a warm driver will perform better in these circumstances. Insulation is more effective than layers at maintaining thermal comfort because insulating clothing traps warm air and helps keeps the body temperature at safe levels. Synthetic fibres dry quicker than natural fibres, and wet clothes can kill in cold weather,…

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Simple Tips For Safe Forklift Operation

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Forklifts are essential to the smooth running of a number of different types of business. Used safely, they eliminate a great deal of manual heavy lifting and speed up the movement of freight from one place to another. However, the key here is their safe operation. Following these tips will point you in the right direction. The role of the operator Forklift safety can be divided into three main components; the operator, the machine and the environment. The operators are the first and most crucial of the three as they are making the decisions that will affect the other two components….

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Forklift Training Procedures

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While forklifts are extremely useful devices that are employed within a number of construction and industrial roles, they can also be dangerous if operated by inexperienced personnel. While this danger may be offset by their rather diminutive appearance, the fact of the matter is that grievous injuries and even deaths have occurred as a result of their improper operation. So, there are a number of forklift training procedures that need to be recognised. A Full Check of the Operating Systems While following protocol is essential, the operator will need to make absolutely certain that all critical systems are in working order….

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