flta-logo-cmykFive easy ways to save
safely now – by the flta

1. Boost productivity: CUT speed! – Independent researchers have discovered that reducing the speed of an electric fork lift truck can slash energy consumption by 25%. As a result, shift lengths can be substantially extended to increase production levels.

2. Eye contact – Poor positioning of forks when unloading pallets is a major cause of unnecessary – and pricey – damage to stock. When removing pallets safely from height, forks should be kept horizontal – but it can be tricky and time-consuming for drivers to judge whether their forks are well-positioned when raised. To get it right every time, drivers should stop the forks as they pass at eye level, to check that they’re even. Correct the angle, if necessary, before lifting the forks to the appropriate working height. Try it – this simple tip will boost driver productivity and cut your costs.

3. The perfect fit – Using the wrong type of tyre can have a large impact upon your fork lift truck’s performance – and your finances. Your tyre choices affect driver confidence, fuel economy, safety, stability and ergonomics. So, to get the most cost-efficient solution for your business, work closely with a reputable supplier.

4. Help or hindrance? – A common myth among fork lift truck users is that gadgets always improve safety. Lights, beacons, mirrors and alarms can help to make operators and pedestrians aware of each other, but they are by no means mandatory and, without care, can become commonplace, easily overlooked, or even a costly hindrance. The introduction of any new aid to safety should be subject to a risk assessment.

5. Hands off! – Accidentally operating hydraulic levers on uneven floors can place life and load at risk.  our fork lift driver certainly won’t be the first or last to make this costly error – they might get away without any damage nine out of ten times, but an accident is never far away. Discourage drivers from resting their right hand on mast levers. Besides being very dangerous, it is not at all necessary. Instead, rest the arm on the arm rest or on the upper part of the right leg. It’s very easy – and safe.

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