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Managing Director of Dechmont Forklift Trucks, Davey Forrest, says: “Having such an extensive product range is going to ensure our customers can have exactly the right equipment to suit their operation, which will mean greater efficiency and cost savings.”

He adds: “Impact’s commitment to stock levels and their flexibility in transport means fast availability of new trucks, which will prove invaluable to customers.”

Ensure Forklifts are Covered by 'Thorough Examination'

As with a car and an MOT a forklift truck has the thorough examination to make sure it’s safe to use. A forklift is a heavy, complex vehicle and it could cause a serious accident if it’s not performing at optimum level.

How Often is the Thorough Examination Carried Out?

The Thorough Examination is carried out at least once a year on every forklift truck. Depending on how you use it and how often, you may have to have it tested more often. There is an official website where you can check how often each of your forklifts are examined.

Is Your Examiner CFTS Accredited?

The examination should be of excellent quality, as if the test isn’t’ good enough you could end up facing legal action or a fine. The examiner who carries out the Thorough Examination should be CFTS accredited. CFTS stands for Consolidated Fork Truck Services. If it passes the test that’s been carried out by a CFTS accredited examiner, then you know your truck is in tip top condition.

Test Your Forklift Trucks Regularly

If you constantly have your forklifts tested regularly then you’ll prevent them from developing problems which could be costly in the long run. Have a full service one yearly too and that way any problems can be fixed right away, and your vehicles will be in good enough condition to pass the ‘Thorough Examination.’

Important Points to Remember Regarding Your Thorough Examination

There are some simple points to consider with the ‘Thorough Examination,’ and we’ve listed some of them below to help you.

  • Find out who is responsible to organise the Thorough Examination If you’re the employer, then it’s your responsibility

  • Make sure your operators inspect each vehicle daily before they use them

  • Make sure you have a workable system where operators can report faults quickly and in a timely fashion

  • Have each forklift truck serviced on an annual basis

  • Make sure when a Thorough Examination is carried out, it’s done so by an accredited CFTS examiner.

Dechmont Forklift Trucks – For Reliable, Quality Forklift Trucks

If you have any further questions regarding the Thorough Examination or how to find an accredited CFTS examiner, then please get in touch with us here at Dechmont Forklift Trucks, and one of our professional team members will be more than happy to help you. We have many years’ experience in the forklift truck business and we know every aspect of truck maintenance, examination and care, so there’s not much we don’t know! Give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk about your forklifts.

Tips For Operating a Forklift in the Summer

If you work as a forklift driver, then this time of year is probably your favourite. While everyone is stuck indoors in the office, you are out in the sunshine driving around in your forklift truck. However, if you’re operating forklifts outside in the summer weather there are certain things you need to look out for so you’re working safely.

Temperature rise in the summer and the heat can be difficult to work in when it’s humid. You can suffer with dehydration, heat stroke and extreme fatigue. This can be dangerous if it happens while you are in control of a vehicle like a forklift truck.

Breaks From Your Forklift

It’s important to take as many breaks as you need, you may have been told to do this anyway, but it’s even more important if you’re in intense heat. Start the day off with a healthy breakfast and then take a 15-minute break as often as possible and drink plenty of water.

Rehydrate Regularly

Yes, it’s important to drink plenty of water, especially when you’re working outdoors. If you don’t make sure you drink plenty of the stuff it could have disastrous consequences for your health and well-being. You need to increase the amount you drink if you’re involved in any heavy work, drink at least 8 to 12 glasses per day and you’ll help prevent becoming dehydrated.

Reduce Coffee Consumption and Get Plenty of Sleep

Before you come to work on your forklift in the morning, make sure you’ve had a good breakfast, but that you’ve also had enough sleep. If you’re going to be working a full 7-hour day at work, then you need to have had a good night’s sleep the night before. If it’s going to be hot, then it’s going to be even more tiring, so make sure you’re prepared.

Coffee is great if you have just the one in the morning, but if you keep having them throughout the day, at some point you’re going to experience a crash in energy. It can also contribute towards dehydration, so water is probably your best friend.

Sunburn

On a hot day, and sometimes even on a day when it’s not even that hot, if you’re outside all day in the sun, your skin will burn, so you need to add sun protection in exposed areas. You’ll stay safe outside if you use sunblock, and you can prevent serious issues that can lead to other problems more serious than sunburn.

Follow Our Guidelines While Operating Your Forklift This Summer

If you follow the sensible guidelines above, you’ll stay safe in your forklift, and if you’re a manager with staff who drive forklift trucks, you’ll be helping them to drive safely while working. The hot weather is great if you have nothing to do all day, but if you work, and especially if you drive a vehicle such as a forklift, then you need to drive safely.

Tips For Forklift Repairs

Hopefully, you will have made sure you have a good supply of forklift trucks in good condition at your disposal. You will have made sure there are trucks to use when your best ones are out of use and you are able to maintain a smooth working timetable as a result. However, every now and again your trucks break down and you or someone in your team will have to carry out forklift repairs, and if they do, then a prompt resolution is essential.

We’re going to be looking at forklift truck repairs, and how you can carry them out quickly and efficiently so your trucks are up and running in no time.

Health and Safety

It goes without saying that working safely is crucial, not only for yourself but for your team. Caution is a key word and you mustn’t rush anything. Make sure the area where you’re carrying out your repairs is well-lit, and that you’re wearing protective clothing so you don’t expose yourself to harmful chemicals. Protective clothing will include goggles, gloves and overalls, with strongly made quality boots. Keep in mind that injuries can be a result of harmful substances which can come from the engine, radiator or battery.

Follow Instructions Carefully

It’s important to follow the instructions to the letter, whatever it is the manufacturer’s instructions tell you, you need to adhere to them because if you don’t, then that’s how accidents happen. It’s also how you’ll irreparably damage your truck.

Gauges Need to be Repaired Promptly

The gauges are an important part of how your forklift truck works efficiently. The mechanism activates how the forklift works, they’re part of the instrument panel and activate once a part is no longer working. You can imagine then how important it is that the gauges are in perfect working order. Check these before anything else.

Brakes

Brakes are important and need to be checked. We’re talking brake pads here and it’s important to avoid brake failure, this can be done by inspecting the pads on a regular basis. Any defects need to be repaired quickly.

Malfunctions

Any malfunctions should be reported by the operator immediately, so something can be done quickly. Therefore, your team need to be told how and when they need to inform the repair team there’s an issue so as to avoid any serious accidents.

Recycling Parts

If you have more than one forklift truck, then you’ll know that you have many other parts to rely on. This is useful when carrying out forklift truck repairs, you can really save money if you use recycled parts. You don’t necessarily have to use your own, you could buy them in and save yourself money at the same time. They won’t necessarily be lacking in quality just because they’ve been recycled, just check with your dealer that they’ve been thoroughly checked and that they are now up to optimal quality as specified so they can be used immediately.

Dechmont Forklift Trucks – Quality Forklift Truck Repairs

If you have any questions regarding forklift truck repairs, then get in touch with us here at Dechmont Forklift Trucks. We believe in a fast, professional service which we know all clients can rely on and all our forklift trucks are of the highest quality. 

Your Guide to Buying a Used Forklift Truck

If you have a business that largely depends on forklift trucks to move stuff around, then you’re probably well aware of how important they are to you. Your staff will be moving products around from fragile to heavy, and the trucks that carry them to and fro are indispensable. You will hopefully have a set of forklift at your disposal should one break down, and when one is ready to retire, you’ll have another waiting to take over.

Save Money by Investing in a Used Forklift Truck

What you can do to replace forklift’s as they get used is to buy a used forklift truck. You can save a lot of money this way, as long as you examine the history of the used forklift you intend to buy, and make sure it can handle all the tasks it’s going to be undertaking. It’s no different to buying a used car, you just need to consider what you’re going to be using it for, check whether it’s in good condition and whether it’s suitable for your needs.

Check the Type of Forklift Truck You Need

Knowing what you’re going to be using it for is important. Check the make and model, is it the type of forklift you’ve used before and it is it a brand you trust? Set your budget and make sure you’ve got something to not only cover your purchase costs, but any maintenance costs you may have in the future.

Older Models

The older the model the more potential problems you may have to deal with, so don’t go with something too old. Older models are more prone to mechanical problems, and may have been under several different ownerships. It’s best therefore to go to a reputable dealer who sells previously owned forklift trucks. A good dealer worth his salt should be able to provide a history of the use of the machine, as well as any problems which may have occurred in the past.

Repair History Checkout

When you’re buying a second hand used forklift truck check out it’s repair history carefully. Any engine issues or mechanical functions are worth looking at as are lift chains, or the mast. Always ask for a test drive, and see for yourself what you think of how it drives.

Warranty

Your used forklift truck should come with a warranty should anything go wrong. They may cost you more but they are essential if you’re buying a used item. A warranty means that in future, any repairs or malfunctions will be covered by the warranty and you won’t have to pay.

Dechmont Forklift Trucks – Reputable Dealers of Used Forklift Trucks

If you think you’d like to invest in a used forklift truck, then please come to us, we are a reputable dealer of used forklift trucks and we can help you make an informed choice, helping you to purchase a vehicle which will stand the test of time and help you to save money in the long term. We’re here to help, so please get in touch

Most Common Forklift Truck Operation Mistakes

If you use forklift trucks as part of your daily business, then you’ll probably have a dedicated team of forklift truck drivers who manage and operate the vehicles on your behalf. Hopefully, you will have ensured they are all well trained and qualified to drive them.

There are Common Forklift Operator Mistakes to Look Out For

Your forklift drivers will carry materials each day to their rightful place, wherever that may be and through the course of the day, there’s room for errors and potential accidents. Hopefully, they will overcome most of them. However, there are common forklift truck operation mistakes to look out for, which if you are aware of, can be avoided.

Communication is Key

Communication is key to making sure everyone knows what they’re doing and that they are approaching. The best way for drivers and other personnel to communicate with each other is to use signals and lights as your voice may not carry, even if you shout, above the noise of machinery.

Use verbal communication, but always back it up with clear hand signals. Make sure that the backup alarm is working on the vehicle as well. This will give a clear warning that the forklift operator is reversing and backing up. If there are blind spots, which there invariably will be, then it’s important the operator has a way of clearly warning anyone behind him.

Don’t Work Alone

If your forklift drivers are operating their daily load as usual, make sure they’re aware that it’s okay to ask for help if they’re struggling with a particularly difficult load. Going to advice from a more experienced forklift operator, or simply asking someone for help when trying to unload a particularly heavy palate is the safest option. Safety is paramount, so asking is better than carrying on and hoping for the best.

There are other common operating errors too which are worth a mention: -

  • Battery – always check the battery because it’s easy to forget, but if you fail to do so, then the potential for injuries and damage to items is inevitable. Check battery levels and avoid accidents

  • Hydraulic fluid – This is something else that requires regular checking. It will need replacing, so regularly check the levels as soon as you can

  • Machine capacity – Weight capacity should always be checked before carrying a load, does it have the capacity to carry something, is it heavier than what the forklift is able to deal with. Accidents can be avoided by checking weight capacity

  • Manoeuvring through narrow lanes – avoid injury and potential damage to equipment by checking the width of a lane or passageway when operating a forklift. Be aware of your surroundings

  • Oddly shaped loads – Unfortunately not everything an operator carries on his forklift truck will be perfectly shaped. If you have loads which might easily roll off, are top-heavy or a come in a shape which is difficult to manoeuvre, take extra precaution and go slower if it helps

  • Safety clothing – Always check that the operator is wearing the correct gear, boots especially can cause injury if they have slippery soles. A bad slip could lead to a serious head injury – that’s before they’ve even turned on the ignition key

  • Vertically elevated forks – If you drive while the forks are upward then you could make your vehicle unstable, if your operator is unsure as to how to operate the forklift truck then refer to the manual and consult with a more experienced staff member for instructions on how to drive in the right position without a load.

Dechmont Forklift Trucks – Advice and Guidance From Professionals

If you have any further questions regarding the safe operation of forklift trucks, then get in touch with us here at Dechmont Forklift Trucks, we’re here to help, so just give us a call.

Which Tyres to Choose For Your Forklift Truck?

When you own a forklift truck, there's a lot to think about. You have to consider maintenance, health & safety, and of course training. You also have to make sure you have all the right equipment for your forklift, or you could irretrievably damage it. After having spent money on your forklift, whether you hired or bought it, you want to make sure you get as much out of it as you can, and to do that, it has to remain in good condition.

We're going to be talking about choosing the right tyres for your forklift truck. The right type of tyres are crucial, because when they're in good condition, so is your forklift, and you'll get more out of it.

So which type of forklift truck tyre is best?

There are two types of forklift truck fits, so there isn't a massive amount from which to choose. There's press on and standard fit. Standard fit go on like conventional car tyres and are fairly easy to put on. Press on tyres are perhaps not quite as hard wearing as standard fit, they take less time to put on, but they don't do well in different terrains.

Three different types of tyre

So there are two tyre fits, but there are three types of tyres. There's pneumatic, solid rubber and polyurethane. Which type is right for you will rather depend on where you work. If you understand your workplace well, you'll know which ones are right for you, or you can discuss it with your forklift dealer.

Pneumatic forklift tyres have a thick tread and are good for uneven terrains, they are more expensive, but if you work in a rough area, then these tyres could be the right type for you.

Solid Rubber forklift tyres are quite popular tyres, and as a rule are not usually filled with air. They're made of solid rubber that fits around a metal band. There's less cushion, and because of this, are better suited to indoor work.

Polyurethane forklift tyres are indoor tyres, they're much lighter and give good traction. They're good for electric and indoor forklifts. They really good for keeping an electric forklift balanced. You can't really use polyurethane tyres outside, as they're completely unsuitable for this type of work.

As we've seen, its important to make sure you make a proper assessment of what you're forklift truck is going to be used for, the weight and size of your forklift and of course, what it's going to be carrying. If you research carefully before you buy, and not make an impulsive purchase, then your forklift will thank you in the long-run. It'll last longer, it'll work better, and you'll get so much more out of it. You'll also have a safer working environment because you're less likely to have accidents and spills if you're using the correct tyres.

If you have any questions you'd like to ask regarding forklift truck tyres, then get in touch with us here at Dechmont Forklift Trucks.

Forklift Truck Maintenance Tips

If you've invested in forklift trucks for your business you'll have invested good money in them, because naturally, you wanted good quality trucks that were safe to use and ones which would last over the years.

It's Important to Look After your Forklift Trucks

If you want your forklift trucks to last and you want to get your money's worth out of them, then naturally it makes sense to maintain them on a regular basis. Over the time you use them they will, in all likelihood, need repair for either unique or routine breakdowns, including replacement parts etc. Maintaining your forklift truck doesn't have to be hard work though, all you need is to make sure you follow a clear and well-thought out schedule and stick to it.

Proactive Maintenance Programmes

By being proactive with your maintenance programme you will be better prepared for bigger problems should they appear, and you'll also be able to catch small problems before they become big ones. By making sure you're well prepared you're going to save money in the long run, money you can invest in your business. Make sure you check your forklift trucks daily or weekly so you know if there are any problems quickly, also make sure you keep up with when they need servicing.

Safety Checks

As well as scheduled equipment checks it's important you carry out safety checks and check each part of the machine, looking at all the intricate parts of the machinery such as tips and forks and any hooks. What you're aiming at is for all your forklift trucks to operate smoothly and for them to be safe to use.

Check Everything

Pay attention to service intervals, and make sure you check everything as well as carrying out daily checks. Based on hour clock reading, the service intervals are every bit as important as every other type of check carried out, we're talking temperature, moisture, exposure to harmful fluids and the flooring your forklift travels on.

If you carry out safety, daily and service intervals, then your forklift trucks are going to last that much longer. Prevention is better than cure, and if you are proactive with your maintenance and checks, then your forklift is going to be in less need of more serious repairs if you take care of them.

Dechmont Forklift Trucks – Expert Advice & Guidance

If there's anything you're not sure of and need some advice, then you can contact us here at Dechmont Forklift Trucks where are our team of knowledgeable experts can talk you through anything you're unsure of. 

Benefits of Electric Forklifts

So you're thinking of investing in a new forklift, but which one do you think is best? If you're struggling with the ins and outs of it and you'd like to know more then this post should be really helpful. We're going to be talking about the benefits of electric forklifts, which offer plenty of reasons why you should consider investing in one. However, we realise how important it is for you to know all you need to on this important decision. So read on and see our advantages and disadvantages of electric forklift trucks and then you'll be able to make an informed decision.

Advantages of Electric Forklifts

Electric forklift trucks offer you the advantage of being able to work while using less power and are thus environmentally friendly.

Fuel Costs – You will definitely make a saving here because unlike diesel engines, an electric forklift truck isn't going to need fuel. You won't need gasoline or petroleum as an electric forklift can operate fully without it. The savings you make over the course of a year are going to be considerable.

Durability – An electric forklift truck uses components that come with a long life and will last many years, again you'll be making a saving on costs.

Servicing – Because an electric forklift truck uses long lasting components and there's no constant transmission of fluids, it won't be needing servicing that often, and longer service intervals means again, cost savings.

Things to Keep in Mind if You are Considering an Electric Forklift

  • How is an electrical forklift truck refuelled? Because it uses electricity it needs to be recharged rather than refuelled, and this can take up to 30 minutes, whereas with a diesel forklift you're looking at only a few minutes.

  • The batteries, industrial batteries which it uses, need to be cleaned and charged on a regular basis.

  • You need to make sure there are new batteries on site in case your forklift breaks down as this helps to avoid downtime.

  • In order to avoid accidents you'll need to make sure there's the required amp and voltage requirements for your charging station.

A Worthwhile Investment

An electrical forklift truck is a worthwhile investment that could save you money long-term. Although there is some initial investment, you'll easily see you get your money back over time. Electric forklift trucks are especially good for indoor work too, and as they're so environmentally friendly they're an obvious choice for a more greener future and a sustainable work environment.

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If you'd like to talk it over further and cover any points we haven't raised here to talk about any last minute doubts you may, then please do get in touch. We've got a knowledgable team here so they'll be able to answer all your questions.

Tips For Operating a Forklift Truck Outdoors

Driving a forklift truck indoors is very different experience to driving outdoors, and with this in mind we've put together a post to give you advice on how to operate your forklift safety outdoors.

Different Environment, Different Conditions

The outdoor environment offers a very different set of conditions that can be affected by the weather. Naturally the same safety advice adheres to wherever you use your forklift truck, but naturally you'll be needing a few more tips on how to cope with outdoor conditions and any any other obstacles you may encounter when you're outside.

Unexpected Surprises

There are certain hazards to look out for when you're working outdoors, such as wildlife, stray branches, rocks and stray bricks or paving. Always keep away from using electronic devices so you are not easily distracted. Keep your hands free at all times so you're ready for anything.

Adverse Weather Conditions Can Be Hazardous

As we've already mentioned the weather can really influence how you operate your forklift truck. It's usually best to check the weather before going outside. You may have to cancel or even postpone your forklift operations until better weather is forecast, wet weather can be treacherous and both snow and rain can change the conditions in a moment.

Make Sure You're Prepared

If you're expecting bad weather before you go outside and even if you're expecting mild weather, it's till always a good idea to check your tires and fluids before embarking on any work. Look at tires, are they inflated enough? Perhaps you don't have enough fluids, both set of problems can prove fatal. Antifreeze and oil should both be checked to see they are at the appropriate levels needed.

Communicate

It's important when you're going outside to make sure you have communicated your whereabouts and your timetable to other team members. Remember that any poor weather conditions, and the sudden surprises that working in the outdoors can bring, makes it especially important that everyone knows your whereabouts. If there any problems then your team members should fully brief you and again conversely, if you find any problems you report them to your team members, that way there are no unpleasant surprises. Also you need to know your team members have your full attention should they see something you can't. Communication therefore is of paramount importance.

Get in Touch With Dechmont Forklift Trucks

We hope you found this blog useful, and if it's raised questions or concerns regarding forklift truck operation outdoors, then why not contact us, one of our team will be more than happy to talk things through with you. If you need any advice on the condition of your forklift truck and you don't feel safe using it outdoors, then why not let one of us check it for you, if you're unsure. It may be that there's only one small problem that needs to be seen to or if there's more than one thing at fault, we can advise on what part's needed or whether it's more serious. It's always better to be safe than sorry and we're here to help, so give us a call.

Tips For Operating a Forklift During Winter

In this blog post we’re going to be looking at care tips for your forklift during the winter months. Winter weather can be quite destructive and dangerous throwing wind, rain, snow, hail and sleet at us. It is at these times of the year that we need to be vigilant in taking care of not only our cars, but our work vehicles.

So how do you take care of your essential forklift trucks when the weather turns nasty?

Daily Checks

Carrying out daily checks are essential if you want to take good care of your vehicle. You need to ensure that the forklift is safe to operate and that any defects you find are reported to those that need to know. This way, any deficiencies are rectified as soon as possible. It’s important to check the following:

  • Batteries

  • Tyres

  • Wipers

  • Lights

  • Screens

  • Horns.

Service History

When was the last time your forklift trucks were given a service? Was it recently? Check to ensure that all service checks have been done recently, and if not, make sure your forklifts are given the service they need. These are preventative measures that could save a life.

Breakdown

If your forklift truck does breakdown suddenly, then you need to make sure the driver has an emergency number to call should this happen.

Suitable Clothing

If your duties for operating the forklift are outside then it makes sense that your drivers are given suitable clothing for winter weather e.g. gloves, hat, visible jackets.

Lights and Visibility

Make sure that all the lights are working both at the front and back of your vehicle. Wipers should be in full working order and the lights should be free of dirt. Horns should be checked to see that they are working, and all areas where the forklifts are operating should be well lit.

Are all your staff adequately trained?

It is imperative to ensure all staff who operate the forklift truck are adequately trained. There will be reduced risk of accidents if all your operators are trained in how to use their forklift truck. During winter months the roads and ground around where you work can be treacherous, so you need to operate your forklift with great care.

EmergencyParts, Hire Vehicles and Preparation

If you have a break-down, then you need to make sure you have access to a hire truck and the same applies to equipment and machinery. Make sure you have emergency parts and access to a hire firm, so you’re not suddenly stopped in your tracks. Prevention and preparation are everything, so you’re ready should something happen.

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If you have any further questions or enquires regarding winter weather, or any other relevant forklift truck hire questions, then do please get in touch, we’re happy to help. We know all there is to know about forklift trucks and we have a knowledgeable team behind us who are ready to answer your questions.

Forklift Truck Safety Tips

In this post we’re going to be talking about important aspects of safety when you’re operating a forklift truck. We hope that you find our safety tips of use to you when you’re operating a forklift in daily work. If you’re a supervisor and you manage a team of forklift drivers, make sure you pass on these tips to your team, so they are always operating safely.

Appropriate Clothing

When a driver is operating a forklift truck, make they are wearing appropriate clothing. This will of course mean safety gear such as hardwearing safety shoes, a hard hat and a hi-visibility jacket. Wearing loose clothing is a recipe for disaster as they can get caught up in machinery, which could result in a serious accident.

Routine Checks

Make sure your forklift truck driver checks the equipment before putting them into use. Check for faults and report them immediately. Never use the forklift truck if any aspect of it is in need of repair. Think about what you’re going to load on a forklift and whether it’s suitable for picking up and stacking.

Seat and Control Checks

Always make sure the seat has been adjusted accordingly so it is in line with the controls. Make sure the operator has easy access to everything that’s needed to control the forklift truck. The mirrors and seating position should be checked and adjusted so that the truck can be controlled safely.

Make sure the forklift truck is never started up until the seating has been adjusted to suit the operator and that they are safely contained within the cabin of the truck.

Pay Attention to What’s Around You

Keep an eye on what’s around you when operating a forklift truck. Check behind you and to your side, use your mirrors carefully. Only use the forklift for its designated route and not outside of it. Keep an eye out on all signs for clearance heights and permitted loads.

Take note when exiting or entering premises and the height of your forklift truck and the load you are carrying – make sure they can leave and enter safely. Be especially careful when you are near a ramp or loading dock, your forklift truck could easily go over the edge if you’re not careful.

Careful with Speed

Always be extra careful with your speed, especially when there are corners or turns. It doesn’t take much for your forklift to get out of control and cause an accident.

Hazards to Avoid

If you see bumps and uneven surfaces stay away and keep clear of any slippery areas. Make sure people know you are there and use your horn. Especially when entering and exiting a building. Also, make sure you have enough space to turn around or stop.

Make Sure You Can See Clearly

Don’t operate your forklift truck in any way if visibility is not good. Reverse when it’s sensible to do so and always make sure where you are loading or positioning your load has clear visibility.

Loads Should Be Carefully Checked

Before you carry a load make sure it’s appropriate and stable for your vehicle. Don’t lift anything if it isn’t safe to do so. Make sure the operator is trained to make sure the load is carefully positioned on the pallet or skid.

Make sure the load is evenly distributed so as to avoid it collapsing from the truck, and never overload the forklift, again, it’s another accident waiting to happen. Never load or unload your forklift on a ramp or uneven surface.

Keep in mind that forklifts are for carrying loads and nothing else, so don’t use it for anything other than what it was intended for.

Mast

Keep your hands clear of the mast – it could cause as serious injury – and never let anyone walk under the load you’re carrying.

Fuel

There should be one designated area to fuel up, only use this area and no other.

Ramps

Make sure that ramps are entered by going in an upward direction, and when going down, make sure the forklift truck is in reverse.

Training and Qualifications

Make sure that anyone driving and operating the forklift truck is qualified and trained to do so. They should have a licence to say they are qualified to operate the equipment. This could have serious implications for you, should there be an accident on you premises.

When the Forklift is No Longer in Use

Always make sure you place the forklift truck in a safe place once you are no longer using it. At the end of a shift it should be placed in an authorised area with the park brake in place with the keys removed. Make sure it is turned off and NEVER leave the forklift running while it is not being used.

We hope you found our forklift truck safety tips useful, we want to encourage you to be safe at work with your forklift truck, and if you think carefully about what we’ve suggested above, you and your forklift operators should have peace of mind when operating a forklift truck.

If you have any further questions or would like to hire a forklift or buy a forklift, contact us today.

About Forklift Thorough Examination

Your forklift truck may be the lifeblood of your business and play a vital role in getting products moved around safely. With this in mind, after you’ve purchased your forklift and you’re using it on a daily basis, things don’t end there.

It’s now important to make sure your forklift truck is in full working order all year round. If you don’t, then if your forklift breaks down or malfunctions while your key staff member is using it, it may have catastrophic consequences for you, your staff and your business.

With this in mind, forklift trucks now have to go through an intense examination so you know that the equipment you’re using is safe to use. This is known as the forklift truck ‘thorough examination.’

Forklift Thorough Examination

This cohesive system helps to assess the condition of your forklift truck. It comes with stringent quality assurance so the standard of testing is always at a high level. There’s a certain confidence that comes from knowing that the safety of forklift testing is of a high standard.

There are two organisations that represent the forklift industry and they both have the full support of the HSE. They have taken the existing imperfect version and created something better out of it with the Thorough Examination.

It has a firm Procedural Code that maintains and raises the standard of current testing and broadens the examination to include everything you need to ensure the safety of your forklift truck.

Naturally you will need an accredited company to test your forklift with the thorough examination. But what happens if you don’t ensure that the company is accredited?

Use An Accredited Company For Your Forklift Thorough Examination

You could put yourself and your staff at risk of terrible danger with inadequate and incorrect advice, including legal problems, future accidents, and examinations that don’t comply with HSE requirements.

Damage to your business and delays in productivity could be the catastrophic impact of having inadequate testing of your forklift truck. Also, adverse publicity could have a terrible effect on your company that you may never recover from.

What are the advantages to using an accredited company for your forklift thorough examination?

You will have the peace of mind knowing that your forklift has passed stringent tests and that the test has been carried out efficiently and to the highest standards. You will be given a quality mark to attach to your forklift truck.

This gives a real stamp of approval to your forklift and your business

  • It gives your authority because of the documentation you now hold

  • You let your customers, staff and business associates know that you care about the safety and wellbeing of your staff

  • Your forklift trucks will have a symbol of excellence that reduces the risk of accidents, while eradicating the possibility of disruptions to your business

  • You’ll fulfil all legal requirements and give yourself peace of mind.

Don’t put your staff or your business at risk – get your forklift the thorough examination

If you insist on getting the mark of quality from an accredited examiner you’ll be well on your way to ensuring the safety of your forklift trucks and the safety and well-being of your staff.

Don’t let your forklift truck be the cause of a terrible accident, there are thousands of forklift truck accidents in the UK each year, and many of them are due to safety issues that could have been avoided. A safe forklift is only possible with regular, rigorous check-ups.

Don’t let yourself or your staff down, this is a crucial piece of documentation. Get in touch with Dechmont Forklift Trucks today to book your thorough examination.

Types of Forklift Trucks

You know you need forklift hire or forklift trucks for sale, but what type do you need? It may seem easy, you take yourself down to the suppliers and buy what you think is right for you, after all, aren’t forklift trucks the same?

No, and it’s very important you know what type of work your forklift is going to be doing for you before you make a purchase.

There are various types of forklift trucks available and you need to have some rudimentary knowledge of what they are. Once you know a little more about the various types of forklift truck available, you’ll be able to make a much more informed decision about what to buy.

Buying a Forklift

There are various types of forklift trucks, and in this post we’re going to focus on four of the main ones.

The Bendi Forklift Truck is a forklift that turns more easily in narrow aisles because of the way it’s been made. Its main function is stacking and can it load straight from a rack, so pallets are not handled more than once.

A Counterbalance Forklift Truck is mostly used for heavier carrying. There’s extra weight at the back of the machine so it will give equal balance when carrying heavy loads at the front. They have hydraulic tilt cylinders which are attached to the lifts frame and at the mast.

Reach Forklift Trucks have a special mast that stabilize the forklift. It helps to balance out any loads the forklift carries and any equipment. This type of forklift is designed so that a driver can operate the machine while standing. It can also pass through quite narrow aisles.

They’re excellent for lifting at greater heights and are therefore very popular for use in warehouses.

Telescopic Forklift Trucks are used in the building sector and for agriculture. They come with a crane with an attachment at the end of it.

This type of forklift is extremely versatile and flexible to use for a wide range of situations and the attachments range from muck grabbers, pallet forks to buckets and lift tables.

Keep in mind that any forklift truck you choose which you feel is right for you and your business, has to be matched by a competent driver. This means making sure they have a full understanding of the machine, they pass a course with an examination at the end of it, which includes health and safety, as well as a first aid course should something go wrong.

With this knowledge to hand, your drivers will be competent at handling the forklift truck they’ve been designated and will be able to handle any emergency situation.

Forklift Sales

If you’re looking for a forklift for sale and you want value for money then get in touch with Dechmont Forklift Trucks where you will find the different types of forklift trucks we’ve described here. We’re experienced in the sale and knowledge of forklift trucks, so if there’s anything you’re not sure of, always ask one of our team members, and they’ll be more than happy to help you. 

Things to Consider When Buying a Forklift Truck

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably thinking about buying a forklift truck. And you’ll also have found that it’s not an easy decision to make. When buying a forklift what are the key considerations to keep in mind?

Let’s take a look and hopefully, you’ll find you have all you need to make an informed decision.

Naturally, as you can imagine there are a few things worth considering when buying a forklift. You want to think about how much you’re willing to pay, what value you’ll get from it, like, how much use are you going to get out of it, what exactly you’re going to be using it for. There are different types of forklift and different manufacturers to consider.

Make sure you check the make, year and model and where possible, the serial number. If you need parts for your truck later, it’ll make the supplier’s job of finding the parts so much easier. It’s also important to consider how easy it will be to actually find the parts depending on the make and type of forklift truck you choose. If the supplier has to get parts from abroad, it might make it a lot harder to repair your forklift truck when necessary.

It might help therefore to research the brand of forklift truck you’re thinking of buying. Is it worth the investment? Remember why you’re buying you’re forklift and what you want to use it for. Think performance and productivity. How much will it cost to run, discuss it with your supplier.

Warranties

You may pay more when buying a forklift truck if you make sure it has a warranty, but you will benefit in the long run. It gives you security, so that should you experience problems once you start using it, you can get repairs as part of the warranty. You may also be able to get a warranty that covers specific parts, this way you’ll get new parts and repairs free of charge for the life of the warranty.

Are there forklift sales where you are? Make sure you read the small print to see exactly what you’re getting for your money. A cheap forklift truck may cost you more in the long run, if you buy on impulse. Sometimes a forklift for sale could have hidden problems, such as the parts no longer being available – so beware.

When will you receive your forklift truck?

When you get your forklift truck, do they do deliveries, or do you have to pick it up personally. What happens if you need a part, how does it come, in the mail or again, do you have to pick them up yourself. If you need your forklift truck urgently, you need to make sure you know how and when it will be delivered so you know when you’ll be operational.

So there you have it, a few tips on buying a forklift truck, it’s not an exact science, but it’s important you have all the most important information to hand.

We hope that what we’ve provided today will prove useful in your search for a good quality forklift truck. Get in touch today if you want to find out more about buying a forklift truck.

The Importance of Forklift Training

Is it likely that either you or your staff will be using a forklift truck? If the answer is yes, then you’re probably aware of the importance of forklift training and the ramifications of what can happen if you don’t, that’s why you’re reading this.

In this post, we’re going to be taking a look at the importance of forklift training and what you can do to make sure your staff gets the right kind of forklift training and why.

Heavy Objects – Greater Responsibility

A forklift truck will be used to lift heavy objects and moving them from one area to another. The technology behind forklift trucks has changed radically over the years. As you can imagine there are many companies out there who use forklift trucks, but sadly they don’t seem to appreciate the safety element, and the fact that a forklift truck is a difficult animal to control, these are heavy and powerful vehicles and in the wrong hands can lead to serious accidents.

Forklift training then, is an imperative. Your operators should be certified and trained and if not – it’s a serious issue.

Train Your Staff & Reap the Benefits

Naturally the business owner benefits from a trained driver because everything gets done more efficiently and faster, and this can have a positive impact on productivity.

If you have a trained forklift driver then the likelihood of accidents are less and proper training will decrease the chances of accidental damage and worse. It also helps to maximise your reputation as a responsible business and help you retain your staff.

Forklift Trained Drivers Mean Less Damaged Goods

If you make sure your drivers are trained then there’s less likelihood of there being damaged goods due to improper handling and that will save you money in the long run, regardless of what you may pay now for the forklift training.

Train, Maintain and Look After Your Vehicles AND Your Team

Your forklift trucks will be in better condition too, because if your staff are trained there’s less likelihood of damage to the vehicle and less for you to pay out in repairs. Once your staff are trained they’ll also be able to take better care of the vehicles themselves and they will take pride in their work and in their truck.

Training and Confidence – A Winning Combination

And yes your staff will be much more confident – your drivers naturally, but the rest of your staff too, knowing that whatever is going on in the warehouse yard is safe, and that there’ll be no accidents, complaints from customers, because your team of forklift drivers have been trained accordingly. And naturally, your drivers will have much more confidence now too and this in turn will result in happier, confident staff with more job satisfaction, helping them to focus and concentrate on the job better than before.

Do you still have questions? If you’re unsure about training, where to get it and when to start, then do get in touch with us here at Dechmont Forklift Trucks where we’ll be more than happy to answer your queries.

Things to Consider When Hiring a Forklift

Forklift Truck Hire – There’s a lot to consider

There are many things to take into consideration when looking for forklift hire in West Lothian. You also have to have a good understand of health & safety legislation to make sure you hire one that your staff, who are going to be using it, are competent enough to drive. Is the forklift truck hire the right type for the person that’s going to be utilising it?

You already know how powerful a forklift truck can be and the damage they can inflict in the hands of someone not experienced or competent enough to be driving it. You’ll need to ensure that whoever will be driving the forklift will have had adequate training first before they’re allowed to drive.

Risk Assessment – Essential For Forklift Hire

What are the risks of bringing a forklift truck into the workplace? You’ll need to find out by carrying out a risk assessment. You’ll need to do this in order to identify any potential hazards which could present themselves. A risk assessment is an important part of Health & Safety legislation in the UK.

Once you’ve done this – you need to make sure you hire one from a reputable and well-established company, such as ours at Dechmont Forklift Truck hire.

Forklift Truck Hire With Dechmont Forklift Trucks

We have a team of knowledgeable and experienced experts who can take you through the safety aspects, so you’ll understand exactly what you’re dealing with. There are many different things you need to consider, such as how high do the forks reach safely? What is the weight capacity?

We’d also advise that you make sure your staff are qualified to drive a forklift truck, that way you’ll avoid potential accidents to both staff and members of the public. If you don’t make sure your staff are qualified to drive a forklift, you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to potential legal action if someone decides to take you to court for injuries incurred as the result of an accident.

Surface, Signs & Bollards

Another important consideration is the surface you’re forklift will be working on. You’ll need to tell us what type of surface you’ll be using it on so we can ensure we have the right tyres for the vehicle you’ve hired from us.

You need to make sure that the area which your forklift will be used is in an area that’s been carefully cordoned off, so no one will be injured. Only staff that are specifically working within this area should be allowed in.

Safety Clothing

It’s important that the people who are using the forklift are wearing the right clothes, and this will usually include hart hats, gloves, steel toe capped shoes and goggles. Again, you’re putting your staff in danger of accidents and serious injury if you don’t ensure your staff are safe from harm by wearing appropriate clothing.

What you’ll be using it for

Weight capacity has to be ascertained before hiring your forklift, so we need to know what you’re going to be using it for, and you’ll need to know how high the forks reach when they are fully loaded, how high do they need to go, and what exactly will your truck be lifting?, This way you’ll get the forklift you need.

If you’re unsure then tell us and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you, so you get the right forklift truck hire suited to your needs.

We’ll also need to know how long you’re going to be needing your forklift hire, whether it’s a long or short term hire. It would be helpful too, if we knew what your budget is and that way we can get the right truck for the right job and one which suits your wallet.

Keep in mind that here at Dechmont Forklift Truck hire, we’ve got over 25 years’ experience in the business and what we don’t know about forklift truck hire isn’t worth knowing. We’re a friendly team of knowledgeable professionals and we’re here to make sure you get the right type of forklift truck for the job you’re doing. Get in touch today and let’s see what we can do to help you. 

What to Look Out For When Buying a Used Forklift

The lower price tag of a used forklift can make it easier for your business to afford the machinery it needs to operate and grow. As with all used goods it is important to be able to give them a once-over yourself. A quick bit of reading up and you'll be confident not only that a used forklift in west Lothian is right for you, but also that you know how to spot any potential problems before buying.

Here's what you need to check for when looking at used forklift trucks.

Have you found the right truck for the job?

Buying a used forklift won't save you money if you are getting a truck that isn't really suitable for the role. Make sure you know things like your required operational duration and lift capacity. Don't be tempted to buy something that isn't quite what you want just for the sake of a good deal.

What are the long term running costs?

Used forklift trucks could be cheap up front but cost a lot to maintain and run. In this situation you are probably losing money in the long term due to the cost of maintenance and repairs. Don't judge the deal you're getting just on the cost then and there. Do the sums, make sure spare parts are available at an affordable price, and that you can get it serviced by a qualified professional in your area. Knowing these things helps you afford a costly mistake.

Just how used is it?

Always check how many hours used forklift trucks have been in operation. According to forklift experts, using a truck for one hour equates to driving a car 50km. Think about your truck's hours in terms of a car's odometer and you'll get a good idea of just how used a used forklift actually is. If you don't know the ins and outs of a forklift yourself, bring along a competent engineer who can check that the lifting mechanism is in perfect working order.

Has it been inspected?

All used forklift trucks must have a certificate to indicate that a Thorough Examination has taken place. Ask to see the Thorough Examination certificate for the forklift. The inspection should have covered everything under the PUWER and LOLER regulations, and should have been carried out within the last twelve months to be valid.

Is it a reliable brand?

Some brands of used forklift truck won't age as well as others. Build quality is very important when looking at used forklift trucks. Check online for reviews on the model you are looking at: they will help you get an idea of how long these usually remain operational.

Have you chosen a reputable dealer?

The best way to ensure you are getting only the best used forklifts in West Lothian is to visit expert dealers. At Dechmont Forklift Trucks we are accredited and experienced in providing both new and used forklift trucks. We can talk you through your requirements and help you choose the right used forklifts for your needs.

Contact us today to find out more.

What Type of Forklift is Right For You?

Forklift Sales & Forklift Hire

With different types of forklifts on the market you want to be sure you are getting the right machine for your business. The wrong forklift can be expensive, affect operations on your site, slow productivity, and become difficult to maintain. Each forklift is designed with a specific purpose in mind, so it is important you know what you are looking for when thinking about forklift sales or forklift hire.

So how do you know which forklift is right for you?

Types of Forklift

Forklifts fall into three main categories: gas, diesel, and electric. Each different fuel source affects the machine’s power, speed, ease of use and requirements.

Electric forklifts are the most environmentally friendly, and are suitable for use outdoors as well as indoors. They are often the weakest in terms of performance, however, although they offer excellent value for money with their low running costs.

Gas forklifts can be used for indoor or outdoor purposes, and are best for speed, acceleration, and lift speed. Easily changeable gas cylinders mean these forklifts can run continuously, while their compact size and study tyres make them perfect for working in small spaces.

Diesel forklifts are unrivalled in terms of power, and are highly durable and easy to maintain. Due to the fumes and noise they produce, however, they are only suitable to work in outdoor environments.

Do I Need Diesel, Gas, or Electric Forklift Hire?

With their different strengths and weaknesses, certain forklifts will suit certain applications better than others. The wrong forklift could be expensive, counterproductive, or completely unsuitable for the task at hand. Forklift hire is only a cost-effective solution if you have the correct forklift for the job.

For small warehouses an electric forklift is ideal. These machines are quiet and emit no fumes, making them great if you need to move food or other items that could be absorb the smell of gas or diesel fumes. They are highly manoeuvrable and have a long lifespan. They can be costly to operate and maintain, however, and will require a long time to charge.

Gas forklifts combine the manoeuvrability of an electric forklift with higher load-bearing capacity. They are quick and versatile, although their running costs are higher. You'll also need to have somewhere to store their fuel.

For large scale outdoor jobs, a diesel forklift is the best option. These machines can lift huge loads, are about half as expensive to run as a gas forklift, and have low maintenance requirements. Like a gas forklift, diesel forklifts require a lot of warehouse space to store their fuel.

Things to Remember for Forklift Sales

Fuel type is important, and your requirements will dictate which type your business requires. When choosing a forklift, you need to keep the following in mind:

  • Terrain - will you need to move loads across flat surfaces or rough terrain?

  • Load capacity - how much weight does the forklift need to be able to lift?

  • Operational duration - how long does the machine need to be able to operate for in one go?

  • Lift height - how high do loads need to be lifted? Are there any low ceilings or beams that need to be taken into consideration?

  • Type of goods - will your forklift be lifting perishable goods or other items that could be affected by emissions?

Forklift Sales and Forklift Hire

Whether you want to buy a forklift for your business premises, or hire one for a specific job, contact us today to discuss forklift sales and forklift hire.

Forklift Truck Thorough Examination: Your Guide

Forklift Servicing West Lothian

A safe and secure workplace is vital in order to protect your business, your staff, and the general public. Where forklifts are involved, the dangers can be potentially severe. If faults develop between forklift servicing, the machine could cause a serious or even fatal accident. This is why current Health and Safety laws state that all forklifts must have a Thorough Examination carried out at regular intervals.

Dechmont Forklift Trucks have put together this handy guide to help you understand what that means.

What is a forklift Thorough Examination?

A Thorough Examination is a regular check-up to ensure that the key components of a forklift are in safe working condition. It highlights the need for forklift servicing if problems are detected. It must be carried out at regular intervals, and must be completed by a ‘Competent Person’ (see below).

Who can carry out Thorough Examination?

The law states that a forklift Thorough Examination must be carried out by a ‘Competent Person’. While there is no strict definition of a ‘Competent Person’, guidelines suggest that it is an engineer who has experience and training in dealing with forklift servicing, and who can offer impartial advice. The inspector has to complete a full report following the inspection.

Whose job is it to have the forklift Thorough Examination carried out?

It is the responsibility of the forklift operator or employer to ensure a Thorough Examination is carried out. Even if you have hired a forklift from another business it is your responsibility – not theirs – to ensure that the inspection is carried out.

What does the examination cover? What is Examined?

There are two sets of regulations that govern forklift servicing and what must be carried out during a forklift Thorough Examination: LOLER 98 and PUWER 98. They both cover different things, including:

LOLER

  • Carriage

  • Forks

  • Load bracket

  • Hydraulics

  • Chains

  • Controls

  • Tilt Mechanism

PUWER

  • Steering

  • Safety systems

  • Counterweight

  • Tyres

  • Wheels

  • Brakes

  • Chassis

It is important to make sure that a forklift Thorough Examination covers both LOLER and PUWER regulations.

How often do I need to have my truck(s) go through an examination?

Just like forklift servicing, you should have a Thorough Examination carried out a regular intervals. You may have an Examination Schedule that dictates how often you should get your forklifts examined. Otherwise, all lifting equipment that is used to lift people, and all lifting accessories, should be examined every six months. All other lifting equipment should be examined every 12 months.

How do I know if a Thorough Examination has been carried out on a hired forklift truck?

Every forklift Thorough Examination must be accompanied by a written report. Always ask to see the report. Remember, it is your responsibility to have a valid examination on all forklifts operating on your site, so don’t hire a forklift from someone who refuses to let you see the report.

Can my own engineers carry out a Thorough Examination?

In the case of hiring a forklift, it is best not to have your engineers carry out a forklift Thorough Examination. The person carry out the inspection should not be the same person responsible for the maintenance of onsite vehicles; they would be assessing their own work, so are unlikely to be truly impartial when it comes to reporting faults and failures. Although the law only states a ‘Competent Person’ is required, there is a special certification available to give forklift operators confidence that their examination has been carried out fully and professionally. Always choose an inspector who has the CFTS certificate.

Contact us today for all your forklift servicing and forklift thorough examination requirements.