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5 Ways To Prevent Forklift Accidents

Posted on by Dean

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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Keeping Your Forklift Safe Through Winter

Posted on by East Midlands Forklifts

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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Getting The Most Out Of Your Forklift’s Battery

Posted on by adtrak

With the ever-rising costs of fossil fuels, alongside government-imposed restrictions on carbon emissions, many of us are turning to alternative sources of energy in our domestic and commercial lives. From hybrid cars to solar roof panelling; insulation to motion sensor lighting, there are a number of steps that can be taken to save both energy and money.   In the forklift industry, this green transformation has seen an increase in the popularity of electric lift trucks, providing operators with a potentially cost-effective solution to running a single forklift or a fleet of vehicles. Although the battery could account for almost 30%…

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Why Is Forklift Servicing Important?

Posted on by East Midlands Forklifts

When working with any heavy duty machinery, ensuring that regular servicing and repairs are carried out is a must, and forklifts are definitely no exception to this. HSE statistic show that between 2001 and 2006, there were 21,190 reported injuries as a result of forklift accidents, with 94 of these being fatal and 5,758 major, and has subsequently drawn up an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to standardise forklift safety use. The code stipulates a number of regulations, including stating the minimum amount of training that all forklift users must undergo. Following a couple of high profile forklift accidents recently, safety…

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What Are The Most Common Causes Of Forklift Accidents?

Posted on by East Midlands Forklifts

Forklift accidents can lead to serious consequences, so it is important for those involved with this heavy duty machinery to take steps to improve safety. Due to the dangerous nature of forklift use, there are a number of industry regulations in place to ensure safety. However, a high level of common sense must also be applied.   The first step to creating a safe operating environment for forklifts is to understand the common factors that lead to accidents. These factors can be broken down into five main categories: behavioural, organisational, environmental, mechanical, and problems related to the load. Behavioural Factors That…

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