For over 40 years, Contact Attachments has designed and manufactured its extensive range of drum handling equipment – providing its customers with the ability reduce risk of product damage, injury to personnel, and enhance operational performance.

The firm’s drum handling range consists of three main products, including its fully automatic Drum Grabs which – thanks to their ability to grab the drum around the waist or under the lip – are ideal for drums which need small to medium amounts of transportation. Its Drum Grips specifically ‘pinch’ the drums around the lip, making it an easier and safer way for users to lift and transport drums on and off pallets specifically, as well as when drums are packed tightly together in stuffing containers.

Another popular manual handling solution from the range is its Drum Rotator, which utilises a high-quality gearbox which is linked to either a crank handle or loop chain, resulting in effortless and controlled pouring of contents. This product is also versatile as it can be designed for both forklift trucks and overhead cranes, making it a popular manual handling solution in the plant machinery sector.

Giving lift truck operators the best field of vision is vital to safe operations. However, it’s just as important to consider just how much your workers on foot can see, too. That’s the advice from Mitsubishi, announcing its latest safety innovation: Safety Zone. When it comes to improving visibility, the focus has been firmly on operators and it’s an area that the manufacturer has made great strides with through its revolutionary VisionMast.

But with accident figures on the rise, according to the latest HSE statistics, something needs to change, as Stewart Gosling of Red Diamond Distribution – official importers for Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks in the UK – explains.

“Each year, approximately 1300 people are seriously injured in accidents involving lift trucks and more than half of these injure workers on foot.

“It’s clear that there’s much more that can be done to warn pedestrians that a truck is getting ‘too close’ – in a way that doesn’t rely on auditory clues. After all, when there are a number of trucks moving around or vehicles or pieces of machinery operating in the area, then the sound generated by a truck just around the corner may be difficult to pick out.

“For employers, the most ideal and practical solution would be to extend the area in which your workers are visibly aware of a lift truck… without impacting on its size.”

Dave Manuel, Technical Sales Director at Contact Attachments, explained: “We’ve been designing, manufacturing, testing and supplying products from our site in Newtown, Mid Wales, since the 1970s. We have customers of all shapes and sizes across the UK and overseas, and our drum handling range remains one of our most popular due to its performance in a breadth of applications.”

Contact Attachments offers a bespoke service, including the manufacture of products with stainless steel to ensure they are ATEX Certified and can be used in potentially hazardous and explosive environments, such as nuclear power plants.

Dave added. “Like all of our products, our entire drum range comes fully CE certified and tested to ensure that it complies the latest Health and Safety regulations. For more information, please visit”


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