The Materials Handling and Logistics sectors are busier than ever which is why it is so important to have reliable equipment in your warehouse whenever it’s called for.
Every square metre of UK warehousing space houses between 10 and 12 tonnes of goods each year and it’s highly unlikely it’s going to budge without a pallet truck or some other form of materials handling equipment. At Nationwide Handling we always ask if equipment is safe and serviceable, the reason we do this is to keep pallet trucks, stackers or any other equipment you have on site in good, working condition. Just recently we’ve had a case of customer urgently needing to move stock around and (having ignored their only other truck breaking down) suddenly have no equipment to do it with. For this reason we urge you to give us a ring if your pallet truck is on its last legs, it’s more important than you might think!
Lift chains are probably one of the most important parts of any stacker fork lift truck or materials handling equipment so it is important to use a quality chain lubricant when servicing and maintaining equipment.
By using a top quality chain lubricant and professional tools, supplied by FB Chain, you can prevent excessive wear and rust on manual or fully powered stackers and materials handling equipment, ensuring optimum lifting performance and service life.
At Nationwide Handling we have always had a big involvement with the food industry in both the supply of equipment plus the service, maintenance and repair of the materials handling equipment.
Wet environments such as processed food factories or meat and fish markets can be potentially harmful to pallet trucks, stackers and general manual handling equipment so it is essential that the correct suitable equipment is purchased backed with a service contract or some sort of planned maintenance.
As a Logitrans dealer, we can offer both manual and electric semi stainless products plus a range of full stainless pallet trucks, high lifters, stackers and tilt trucks backed with a comprehensive on site service and maintenance plan.
For a free quote or to arrange a site visit, please call 0845 177 0650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recent years, many UK based companies have greatly improved their health and safety records (regarding materials handling equipment safety in particular) as figures show accidents in the workplace have dropped and awareness of pallet truck safety has increased . Using materials handling equipment has become significantly safer than it was ten years ago.
Statistics show however, that this rate of decline in accidents has stalled and on average, one worker is hospitalised every day due to an accident involving materials handling equipment. There is clearly a lot to learn from this and everyone in the workshop environment can do something to help prevent accidents.
At Nationwide Handling Ltd, three key points we focus on are pallet truck maintenance, repair and thorough examinations. These factors are of critical importance when it comes to safe working equipment and keeping your equipment in check is one of the best ways to stop avoidable accidents happening to you and your colleagues.
Injury is much more likely to occur to operators of damaged or ineffective materials handling equipment as handling of heavy or large objects is a high risk environment. It is the duty of everyone using materials handling equipment such as pallet trucks, stackers and high lifters to ensure that all the correct procedures are being followed and most importantly, that the equipment is safe to use.
The message is meant for all staff as everyone has to do their bit. Even if you directly are not operating the equipment, it is up to you to promote health and safety standards to everyone involved. 99% of the time it is more important for managers and supervisors to lead by example as the standard they accept and tolerate are what is considered normal.
Aside from the obvious damage carelessness can cause which involves serious fines and penalties, damage to equipment and stock can be even more expensive. Reckless use of materials handling equipment is always risky and can raises the cost of maintenance when there is damage beyond the normal wear and tear. If this damage is not dealt with regularly, you could be faced with replacing your equipment entirely.
Make sure regular maintenance and thorough examinations are something you concern yourself with to keep yourself covered, and more importantly, to keep your employees safe. Remember, pallet truck safety is paramount.