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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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8 Ideas For More Efficient Warehouse Practices

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If you’re wondering how to improve warehouse efficiency and want to discover the best ways to boost your warehouse productivity, read on for these essential tips to apply to any warehouse. Evaluate Your Current Space Assess whether your current storage, process and layout solutions are working for your warehouse, or if it requires updating in line with changes in the business’s scale or specialisms. Think: is your warehouse layout affecting travel time between stations? Reducing unnecessary travel around the warehouse will save time and improve efficiency. Ask your employees for suggestions and ideas – they’re the team on the ground who…

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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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International Forklift Truck of the Year Nominees, 2015

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Back in January, we previewed the upcoming Fork Lift Truck Association Awards for Excellence, the UK’s premier awards event for the materials handling sector. This time around, we set our sights overseas towards the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) competition, 2015, to be held in Germany in the not-too-distant future. IFOY Setup in order to highlight and celebrate outstanding developments in the world of forklifts and materials handling, the IFOY award helps to drive healthy competition between those companies operating in the manufacturing of equipment in this industry. Now entering its third year, the award is the brainchild of…

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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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The 2015 FLTA Awards

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This February 28th, the International Centre in Shropshire will be welcoming the annual Fork Lift Truck Association Awards for Excellence, the most anticipated event in the materials handling industry’s calendar. This year, the event’s 21st, will see the FLTA Awards moving to the International Centre for the first time, finding a new home in the £250 million conference centre that’s appropriately located in the heart of the historical region that birthed the Industrial Revolution centuries ago. Jonny Gould, ITV London Tonight host and experienced TV presenter, will be back once again to take care of Master of Ceremony duties, hosting and presenting…

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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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Forklifts – Frequently Asked Questions

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Due to the inherent hazards of forklift truck operation, it is essential that employees operating these devices in the workplace have proper training in the safe operation of such machinery. Whilst there is no actual forklift licence, accredited training is required in order to comply with an employer’s obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). What certification is required under the act? Despite the lack of a formal licence, employees using forklifts have to receive ‘adequate information instruction and training’ by law. It ultimately rests with the employer to decide how much training is adequate; however, it is…

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National Forklift Safety Week 2014

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In any industry that uses potentially hazardous equipment, safety is an on-going concern, and forklift use clearly falls into this bracket. With constant threats present to both operators and pedestrians in the area, it’s no surprise that the forklift industry is heavily regulated to improve safety and avoid injury. It’s with this in mind that the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), one of the leading industry bodies in the UK, first introduced National Fork Lift Safety Week back in 2008. The event was created as a way to put forklift safety at the forefront of the public consciousness, and the 6th…

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What is the Role of a Vehicle Banksman?

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At a building site, loading bay, warehouse or any other location where large vehicles are in operation, it’s vitally important that there is someone on the ground providing drivers and pedestrians alike with extra eyes and ears. This person is known as the vehicle banksman, and is a key figure in maintaining a high level of health and safety onsite – particularly when it comes to loading and unloading large cranes where the operator’s vision may be obscured. So what does the Role of a Vehicle Banksman Incorporate? Using some form of communication with a vehicle’s operator, whether a radio link…

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