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KALMARS MEDIUM FORKLIFT PACKED WITH
has launched a new medium forklift, the Kalmar 9-18
The company says the new design is based
on customer feedback on requirements for forklifts of
The development of the new forklift,
which was coordinated by a special project team, has
resulted in a modern design with many unique features.
Product development manager Stefan Johansson said patent
applications had been made for some of the
The complete development process has
been highly targeted and systematic. We have developed
only those functions and solutions that we know will be
useful for our customers, he said. We have constantly
carried out testing to be absolutely sure the forklift
we are launching is as good as we want it to
Kalmar has focused on better visibility,
hiding the air filter and the sound insulation. The
forklifts bonnet and counterweight follow the line of
visibility to the rear, and the exhaust pipe has been
placed at the corner post. At the front, all hoses,
struts and corner posts have been optimised to reduce
Electronic inching, which allows the
operator to drive with high precision using slip
control, is available for the first time on a medium
forklift. Using "Optidrive", the driver can regulate
speed independently of engine revolutions, making it
possible to inch along while using maximum engine
revolutions for lifting.
Other optional lifting
innovations include "Optispeed", a system where a
variable-speed pump is used in parallel with the normal
system, using circuits to optimise lifting speed.
"Optirev" ensures the engine works at maximum
revolutions when lifting, contributing to lower noise
levels and fuel consumption. If either of the systems
fail, the machine continues to operate
The Kalmar 9-18 tonne range is being
shipped to all Kalmar distributors over coming months,
the company says. Forkliftaction.com has a picture of
the new truck on the website. To view the picture, click
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- Kalmar Industries
GUIDE RELEASED FOR USA COMPULSORY
BLAINE, United States
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
regulation 29 CFR 1910.178, companies must now
re-certify their forklift operators as the first
compulsory three-year refresher comes into
The OSHA regulation, introduced in 1999,
was intended to reduce the number of injuries and
deaths that occur as a result of inadequate operator
training and applies to forklift operators in every
industry except agriculture.
When introduced, the
OSHA said the ruling, which mandates operator training
and three-yearly refreshers and re-evaluations, were
expected to reduce deaths by an average of 10 and
injuries by an average of 9000 annually.
Training Group has released its Ives Lift Truck
Re-Certification Study Guides, publications designed to
be easy-to-follow review tools that are used as training
aids during operator re-certification.
currently available for powered pallet trucks, and
counterbalanced, rough-terrain and narrow aisle
forklifts. For more information on the OSHA ruling, see
- Ives Training
STATEWIDE MACHINERY THEFT RING CRACKED
PALM RIVER, United States
believe they have busted a statewide stolen equipment
racket after recovering more than USD1 million in
forklifts and other equipment on September
Louis Natal, 37, was charged with multiple
counts of grand theft, possessing stolen property and
altering vehicle identification numbers, according to a
Tallahassee Democrat report. No other arrests had been
made, but the investigation was ongoing and more arrests
were expected, police said.
An anonymous tip
about a stolen forklift led detectives to Mr Natal's
business, Natal Express Inc, where they found three
stolen forklifts, 12 semitrailers, seven tractors and a
Detectives also found 22
pallets of 20-by-20 foot (six-by-six metre) slabs of
marble worth USD200,000 inside one of the trailers, and
tools, allegedly used to alter vehicle identification
numbers, were also confiscated.
Mr Natal was part of a statewide ring of auto thieves,
as the forklifts and other vehicles came from all over
Florida, the report said.
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MAN KILLED BY TONNE OF FROZEN CHICKENS
MARSTON, United States
A man was
crushed to death when a tonne of shrink-wrapped frozen
chickens fell from a forklift on top of him.
Langfield, 17, was working with the driver in a
refrigerated unit when the accident occurred. He was
rushed to hospital with multiple injuries but died in
the ambulance, a Daily Star report said.
inquiry has found the pallet was defective, in that it
had no bottom board, which would have prevented it from
toppling. An inquest is in progress.
FORKLIFT HOONS DESTROY SPORTS GROUND
ALICE SPRINGS, Australia
used a forklift to tear up turf and smash fences at a
hockey and baseball complex, causing AUD30,000
(USD16,260) in damage on September 23.
was activated when the vandals rammed the forklift into
the wall of Traeger Parks canteen, but the offenders
fled before police arrived, a Northern Territory News
Alice Springs deputy mayor Michael
Jones said: "It's just a disgrace. It is a struggle
enough for council to find the funds to build these
grounds. Now we have something like this
GET READY FOR FORKLIFT RODEO HOE-DOWN
COLUMBUS, United States
slalom, four square, hot shot basketball dunk, pallet
ballet and trailer hitch welcome to the wacky world of
the US forklift rodeo circuit.
Planning is in
progress for the third annual Franklin County Forklift
Rodeo, scheduled for February 7-8, 2003.
the official venue is still to be confirmed, rodeo
marketer and forklift sponsor Hy-Tek Material Handling
Inc says the popularity of the 2002 event, which drew 26
corporate entries from Franklin County businesses,
assures its success.
Hy-Tek marketing manager
Claire Rigot told Forkliftaction.com News the forklift
rodeo had been popular with corporations, because it
gives them a motivational tool and incentive to improve
teamwork, morale, and safety in their own workplaces.
Some companies even held trials to determine who would
While most events were designed
to simulate real-life industrial situations, some were
strictly skill events, Ms Rigot said.
The top two
teams from the Franklin County event could be invited to
compete at the All-Ohio Forklift Rodeo Competition, run
by the safety and hygiene division of the Ohio Bureau of
Workers Compensation as part of the Ohio Safety
Congress & Expo.
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