How to Move Machinery

 

Heavy machinery can be a nightmare to transport, not only can it be difficult to work out the logistics of the move, but doing it wrong can actually lead to some pretty serious injuries. As material handling experts, we make it our business to know how to move heavy machinery and provide you with the equipment you need to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Above all, knowing how to move heavy machinery safely is the key to having these jobs move smoothly. Here's a guide to the equipment you need to get that machinery moving:

How to move heavy machinery:

We recommend before you move any machinery that you get yourself familiar with the HSE (Health and Safety Executives) guide on manual handling. If the goods you are attempting to move is too heavy for a person (or even multiple people) to lift and carry safely, you should always use equipment that is specifically created for this.

Machinery Moving Skate Sets

 

Our machinery moving skate sets are a fantastic tool for moving goods that weigh between 8 and 36 tonnes. Each of these machinery moving skate sets is easily manoeuvred using the steering handle. This controls the two trailing skates which each have polyurethane wheels which are a fantastic choice for moving machinery as they prevent damage to your floors. Using these machinery moving skates allows you to move heavy duty and industrial machinery with ease. 

 

Caterpillar Skates

These skates are made of steel and are perfect for transporting heavy goods and machinery over a firm floor. The design of the skates makes them incredibly durable and they can transport loads from 20 to 60 tonnes. They are a great piece of equipment for moving awkward loads, for both machinery or furniture.

 

How to safely move heavy machinery using equipment:

Machinery movers may help to move heavy goods with ease, but it's still vital to use these with the correct safety measures in place. Here is some advice on how to move machinery safely with skates:

  • Always read the instructions and follow the intended use of the equipment
  • Avoid wearing loose garments that may become caught or jammed
  • Keep hands clear from any rotating mechanism
  • Ensure the weight of the machinery is evenly distributed before attempting to transport it
  • Be sure the equipment can hold the weight of the machinery (see maximum weight load in the product descriptions)
  • Use anti-slip barriers to help keep the load secure

 

If you have any questions about how to move machinery we are more than happy to help you find the best equipment to help with the process. For any advice about any of our products or any other material handling query feel free to get in touch. Contact us today. To view our full range of Load Moving Equipment, click below!

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Safe Use of Ladders

A ladder is a vital piece of equipment for anyone who works at height. However, ladders cause 30,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths each year which is why it is so incredibly important to know exactly how to use them safely.

Many of these accidents are preventable, it's just that people aren't always sure what safety precautions should be made. That's why we are writing this blog, to make sure that you can use ladders safely. Here are some tips to make sure you know what the safe use of ladders is:

Inspect your ladder carefully

Whatever type of ladder you are using, whether it is a leaning ladder or a step ladder, you must inspect it carefully before using it. It doesn't matter whether your ladder is old or new (although of course, it is more likely to become unsafe over time), you must be sure it's in good working condition. Even if your ladder is relatively new, you can't be sure it hasn't been damaged during its last use or whilst in storage. Be sure to check:

  • The feet - the foundation of your ladder needs to be sturdy to ensure that your ladder will sit level. If your ladder's feet are damaged, missing or have worn away you can't be sure it has the right grip to use safely.
  • The stiles -  If they look damaged, split or bent then they may have become weak enough to snap whilst you are on it.
  • The weight limit - with the above being said, each ladder will have a maximum weight limit. Be sure that no one using the ladder exceeds it for their own safety.
  • The rungs - be sure none of the rungs (steps) are missing, loose or bent as you trust the stiles of the ladder to hold most of, if not all of your weight.
  • The locking bars - important for step ladders, these hold the ladder together in place in a stable condition. Make sure they are not damaged.
  • Any fixings - fixings on your ladder are there for a reason, just because you may be unsure why doesn't mean they aren't vital.
  • Stepladder platform - this is the part that will hold your weight for a period of time. Be sure it isn't damaged in anyway or it could collapse. 

If for any reason your ladder is not in good enough condition to use safely, you can see our collection of high-quality ladders here

Safe use of the ladder

Never overreach on a ladder - always have a ladder that is the right length for your project. Overreaching can cause you to lose balance.

Don't spend too long up a ladder - it's recommended that you don't spend longer than 30 minutes working up a leading ladder. 

Get the angle right - leaning ladders should be used at a 75-degree angle.

Only use on a stable surface - make sure your ladder is on a stable foundation that doesn't move. The feet must all be balanced. 

Sensible shoes - there's a chance in the wrong shoes (or no shoes) that you may slip on a ladder. If you're looking for a ladder with the extra grip you may want to invest in an anti-slip ladder

Face forward - avoid turning in a different direction from your ladder. This is when you are climbing up, down or working on it. Working to the side could be dangerous. 

Keep 3 points of contact - you should ideally have both feet and one had on the ladder at all times. When using a step ladder for jobs that require two hands, your body can become a point of contact. Any less could increase the risk of falling. 

Use a tool belt - don't take up a hand that could be used to hold onto the ladder. A tool belt can hold a number of tools so that you don't have to. 

Don't use the very top of a leaning ladder - you should not use the three top steps/rungs of a leaning ladder as it is possible that the ladder will lose balance.

You can download a free copy of the official HSE guide to the safe use of ladders and stepladders by clicking here

If you're wondering which ladder would best suit your project we would be more than happy to assist you to pick the right one. If you've browsed our collection and are still unsure or have any general questions regarding the safe use of ladders then please feel free to get in touch. Contact us here today. 

 

Why Are Risk Assessments Important?

In May 2015, a SPR Trailer Services Ltd worker died when the scissor-lift platform he was working on tipped over and caused fatal head injuries. Last month the company faced a £120,000 fine as they admitted a breach in the Health and Safety legislation, admitting they failed to carry out an appropriate risk assessment – that’s why we’re here to tell you exactly how important risk assessments are.

This workplace fatality was one of the 142 reported in 2014/15 and was wholly avoidable. This incident should remind companies to ensure rigorous risk assessments are taken prior to any operation that could potentially be fatal. 

What should workplace risk assessments include? 

As any safe workplace will know, risk assessments are an extremely important part of the job. Not only do they maintain the safety of your workers, they also avoid the hefty fines that are caused by health and safety breaches – hence putting a big emphasis on effective and thorough risk assessments is key.

 

Risk assessment in the workplace should include: 

  • Identification of hazards and risk factors that could cause harm
  • Evaluation of the risk associated with that hazard
  • An analysis of how the hazard can be eliminated or controlled

Furthermore, if you're using manual handling equipment it is important an in-depth risk assessment of the items is completed. The safety components of the equipment should be inspected thoroughly to make sure it does not cause injury to the worker while in use – this is an important part of any manual handling risk assessment.

If you think your equipment no longer meets health and safety requirement standards, we supply a wide range of high-quality, budget-friendly material handling equipment here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys. Our aim as a company is to keep manual handling workers safe while on the job so you can be sure all of our equipment meets the required safety standards. 

Browse our range of safety assured manual handling equipment here

If you'd like to get in touch with us about any of our products, contact us here.

 

Cost

When choosing a pallet truck, you need to ensure you choose the right one for your business. But with so many options on offer, how can you find the right one for the right price? Today, we're going to take a look at how much pallet jacks cost here in our PalleTrucks-Trolleys range to help you decide. 

 

Low Budget Pallet Jacks (£150-£250)

 

300kg Foldable Mini Hand Pallet Truck

300kg Foldable Mini Hand Pallet Truck

Ideal for small warehouses and offices, this pallet truck is the perfect price for those on a budget.

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2500kg Mini Pump Truck

2500kg Mini Pump Truck

If you're looking for something with a little more weight capacity, this 2500kg mini pump truck is a great piece of equipment for only a slightly higher cost.

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 Medium Budget Pallet Jacks (£400 - £800)

 

2000kg Pallet Jack w/ Built-in Scale

2000kg Pallet Jack w/ Built-in Scale (540mm x 1150mm)

With a medium budget, you can afford to buy a pallet jack that gives you a little extra. 

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1200kg Rough Terrain Pallet Jack 

£1200kg Rough Terrain Pallet Jack

If your pallet jack is going to be working in harsh environments, it is worthwhile upping your budget to get the right pallet jack for the job.

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High Budget Pallet Jacks (£1000 - £2500) 

 

1500kg Off Road Pallet Truck

1500kg Off Road Pallet Truck

A robust frame with excellent manoeuvrability skills makes this Pallet Jack part of the high-budget range. 

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1.5 tonne Electric Hand Pallet Truck

For those with a higher budget, save yourself time and energy with an Electric Hand Pallet Truck.

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We hope this brief guide to how much pallet jacks cost helps you make your decision! If you'd like to browse our full range of Pallet Jacks, just click here.

 

 

 

 Warehouse

The Christmas period is one of the busiest times for warehouse operatives, especially for those who work in retail. With Amazon taking half of all online Black Friday sales, those working in this sector have most likely experienced a very tiresome holiday season. 

We know it can be difficult to work through this time, so we've put together some tips on working in a warehouse over Christmas to make your job easier!

Tips for a Christmas Warehouse Worker

  • Make sure you have equipment that works

As a warehouse worker, you're likely familiar with the likes of pallet trucks and sack trolleys. They make your job easier and help get things done quickly. However, if you have one which does not function properly, you may find it causes more damage than good. 

A broken piece of manual handling equipment can cause excessive strain to the worker - so it is advised to make sure your equipment works over this busy period. To browse new manual handling equipment, you can see our ranges here

  • Take breaks

Though it may seem like you can't stop, make sure you take a break occasionally. Sit down for your lunch and rest your body before starting the whole process again. A tired worker isn't an efficient worker - so it is in the companies benefit to let you recharge your batteries. Over the Christmas period, we often see different businesses getting into trouble over lack of breaks for there workers, so make sure you don't become one of them. 

  • Always wear protective clothing

Objects falling from a height is one of the biggest contributors to injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Avoid any injuries happening during this busy period by always wearing protective headgear, gloves, proper footwear and eyewear if needed. PPE is a necessary part of keeping you safe while working, so make sure you have yours. You can browse high-quality PPE equipment here

  • Treat the aisles like a busy street

If you're busy during the Christmas period, your colleagues definitely are too. Pay attention to what is going on and keep an eye out for any hazards. Even if you need to get something done, it's never worth putting yourself or someone else in danger. 

  • Inspect your equipment before use

All equipment should be inspected before use, so don't forget this rule during Christmas. Especially because the equipment will be used more than normal, you need to ensure there's no danger when using it. Take a look here to see who can inspect lifting equipment.

Most of all, stay safe this Christmas! We hope you have the best day and we will see you in the new year.