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  • Getting the best from your used forklift

    If you’re investing in a used forklift, congratulations—you’ve made a great decision! You’re getting a vehicle that can offer the same level of functionality and quality at much lower prices than a brand new model, but you still need to make sure you get the best from the new addition to your business. So how can you go about doing that? Well, here are a few points you need to bear in mind:

    • Research and thoroughly inspect your forklift before you make the final decision. The first step to getting the best from your vehicle is choosing wisely in the first place, and that means you need to spend time doing your research and inspecting your prospective truck. This ensures you’ll be making an informed decision and can get the one that suits your environment as well as your budget, and if you make sure to buy from a reputable dealer (such as us) you can be confident in getting a vehicle that will meet your standards.
    • Check the maintenance history and determine future costs. You want to make sure your vehicle has got a decent maintenance history so you can be aware of any recurring issues and can plan accordingly, and you’ll want to consider the cost of any spare parts and attachments that could need to be replaced later down the line (and don’t forget fuel costs either). Ideally you’ll want to get added warranties or guarantees from the supplier too, thereby ensuring you’ve got a high-quality truck and won’t have to spend over the odds should an issue arise.
    • Use it appropriately. Sounds obvious, but you need to make sure you use your forklift for what it was intended—pay close attention to capacity and height restrictions so you don’t overload or otherwise damage it, and always keep up with a proper maintenance routine to keep it going for years to come.
    • Invest in suitable forklift truck training for employees. Anyone that’s going to operate a forklift truck needs to undergo sufficient training before they can get behind the wheel to ensure they can use it effectively—failing to do so could not only mean you’re not getting the best from your truck (or your workforce) but it could be dangerous as well, and given the importance of meeting health and safety regulations you should always put training at the top of the agenda.

    These are just a few ways you’ll be able to get the best from your used truck, but one of the most important things you can do is buy your vehicle from a reputable dealer with a fantastic range of high-quality used forklifts to offer something for everyone. That’s where we come in. We’ve got a wide range of second hand models for you to choose from with all of them being in excellent condition whilst offered at great value for money, so make sure to get in touch and you’ll be one step closer to making the most of your forklift.

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  • Putting forklift safety first...

    Forklift trucks can be extremely useful vehicles and your company may rely on them to complete many everyday tasks. Indeed, without these trucks, your operations may quickly grind to a halt. Their immense lifting power and ease of use makes them invaluable in a whole variety of industries.

    The great thing is, it’s now simpler than ever to invest in additional forklifts. For example, if you’re after used forklifts you’ve come to the right place. Here at Trucks Direct we stock an array of these products and should have exactly what you need. Meanwhile, the process of ordering the trucks couldn’t be more straightforward.


    However, as well as being incredibly useful, these vehicles also have the potential to be dangerous if they are not handled properly. Therefore, it’s vital that you ensure you have an effective risk management system in place and, as part of this, all relevant staff must have forklift truck training.

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  • The importance of effective forklift truck risk management...

    Without access to suitable forklifts, your organisation may grind to a halt. Certain tasks prove virtually impossible without these handy vehicles. Thankfully, sourcing the perfect used forklifts is now easier than ever.

    However, it’s vital to always bear in mind the potential risks associated with the trucks. As well as being immensely useful and important, they can pose dangers to people and property when they are not used properly.

    Worker injured in fall

    Highlighting this fact, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently pointed to an accident involving a worker in the north-west of England. The 39-year-old was performing his role at a bottling firm in Chorley when fell from the forks of a truck.

    He was standing on the prongs, but when the vehicle began to move, he lost his balance and tumbled to the ground. Although he managed to avoid being burned by the battery acid that had leaked onto the floor, he sustained bruising to his right hip and thigh.

    In court

    An investigation by the HSE found that a number of workers and managers at the firm had been standing on the prongs of trucks on several occasions prior to the accident. This behaviour had not been challenged by two layers of management.

    In a recent court hearing, the company pleaded guilty to safety failings and it was handed a fine of £14,000, as well as being ordered to pay costs of over £6,000.

    Could have been more serious

    Meanwhile, commenting after the case, HSE inspector Tracy Read said: “The employee was lucky not to have been more seriously injured when he fell from the forklift truck. He could easily have been burned by the battery acid or run over by the vehicle.

    “Rather than being a one-off incident, our investigation found that it had become commonplace for workers to stand on the prongs of moving forklift trucks. The company should have carried out a proper assessment of the risks workers faced and found a safer way of loading the pallets into the containers.”

    Containing risk

    Although being fastidious when it comes to forklift safety requires effort on the part of managers and workers, it is well worth while. In the long run, it can help you to protect property and minimise the risk of injury to your staff members. It can even save lives.

    With this in mind, it’s crucial that you have effective risk management strategies in place and, as part of this, you’ll need to ensure your workers have had the relevant forklift truck training.

    The right vehicles

    Also, it’s imperative that the sort of vehicles you use are suited to their tasks. Thankfully, the process of sourcing trucks is now easier than ever. Here at Trucks Direct UK we offer a variety of options and may have the perfect used forklift for your organisation.

    To find out more about the items we have in stock, just take a look around the rest of our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team.

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  • Forklift safety is paramount...

    Right now, money might be foremost on your mind. Like lots of firms in the UK and elsewhere around the globe, you might be operating on a very tight budget. Restricted access to finance, a general lack of demand and rising inflation have conspired to make a toxic environment for enterprises.

    However, this does not mean you can neglect safety issues. For example, it’s as important as ever to ensure any forklifts you use are of the very highest standard and it’s vital to make sure that all drivers have had the relevant forklift truck training.

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  • Comparing Forklift Features What are Your Options...

    Our extensive range of used forklifts is all about variety, cost effectiveness and making sure you can access the right used forklift for your terrain, budget and usage requirements.

    But the world of forklifts can be pretty tough to navigate for the novice. We really pride ourselves on providing exceptional solutions for small businesses and sole traders who need expert help and forklift truck driver training. Since we’re so obliging, here’s a little information on main features and how they affect things like terrain, running costs and the pressures of use.

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  • The importance of forklift truck driver training...

    The importance of forklift truck driver training

    Used forklifts might well play an important role in your firm. These handy vehicles can make a range of what would otherwise be tricky or even impossible tasks simple and quick. Meanwhile, the range of trucks on the market these days is vast, which is great because it means you should be able to select versions that perfectly meet your needs.

    However, there is one issue you have to be very aware of when you utilise vehicles of this kind and that is safety. Any lapses that occur can have hugely negative consequences. This is why it's vital for you to make the most of top-quality forklift truck driver training and to develop effective risk management strategies.

    HSE takes safety seriously

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is responsible for managing the risks that occur to people's wellbeing as a result of workplace activities, does not take kindly to failures when it comes to forklift use.

    It demonstrated this point recently when an investigation it launched resulted in a company being hit with a fine of more than £10,000. The legal action was taken against a mushroom farm and part of the case centred on the fact that forklifts were being operated by drivers who lacked proper training.

    No excuse

    After the hearing, in which the firm admitted breaking health and safety laws, HSE inspector John Claxon remarked: "There is absolutely no excuse to treat employees like this. There is plenty of free advice and guidance available from HSE to help businesses comply with the law and keep people safe. HSE will not hesitate to take action against companies failing to comply with the law."

    The good news

    Thankfully, these days it's easier than ever for you to benefit from superb quality training. Through us here at Trucks Direct you can access a variety of courses that might be beneficial for your personnel. For example, there's a novice training option that's ideal for candidates with no previous experience of operating trucks of this kind.

    In order to qualify for entry, candidates must be over the minimum school leaving age and have a reasonable degree of physical fitness.

    More advanced

    More advanced courses include refresher training, which is intended for those who have already had adequate formal basic operator training and who are appropriately certificated when it comes to using the machines.

    This course incorporates health and safety responsibilities, basic principles of stability, operators' safety code and legislation and pre-use inspection procedures. It concludes with theoretical and practical assessments.

    Find out more

    If you want to find out more about the various training options that are available, just take a look around our website.

    While you are doing this, you can also find the perfect used forklift if you're looking to stock up on vehicles of this kind. We offer a superb array of trucks and should have exactly what you need. Meanwhile, as well as selling these vehicles, we can hire them out to you for weekly rates as low as £37.50.

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