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This is issue #77 - 03 October 2002 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. KALMARS MEDIUM FORKLIFT PACKED WITH INNOVATIONS
2. GUIDE RELEASED FOR USA COMPULSORY REFRESHERS
3. STATEWIDE MACHINERY THEFT RING CRACKED
4. **ADVERTISEMENT** ADDITIONAL SAFETY FOR FORKLIFT-DRIVERS WITH
5. MAN KILLED BY TONNE OF FROZEN CHICKENS
6. FORKLIFT HOONS DESTROY SPORTS GROUND
7. GET READY FOR FORKLIFT RODEO HOE-DOWN

UPCOMING EVENTS
8. INTERLEV
9. EXPOSHIPPING 2002
10. THE 8TH TAIPEI INTL LOGISTICS SHOW 2002

OPEN TENDERS
11. WOODEN PALLETS
12. PORTAL JIB CRANES
13. LIFTING TRUCKS. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS


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1. KALMARS MEDIUM FORKLIFT PACKED WITH INNOVATIONS 
TAMPERE, Finland
Kalmar Industries has launched a new medium forklift, the Kalmar 9-18 tonne.

The company says the new design is based on customer feedback on requirements for forklifts of the future.

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 features.

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 be.

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 blind spots.

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 normally.

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 the Photo button above, or visit www.forkliftaction.com.

- Kalmar Industries website -
2. GUIDE RELEASED FOR USA COMPULSORY REFRESHERS 
BLAINE, United States
Under 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 force.

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.

The Ives 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.

Guides are currently available for powered pallet trucks, and counterbalanced, rough-terrain and narrow aisle forklifts. For more information on the OSHA ruling, see http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FEDERAL_REGISTER&p_id=13870&p_search_str=&p_search_type=&p_status=CURRENT&p_text_version=TRUE.

- Ives Training website -
3. STATEWIDE MACHINERY THEFT RING CRACKED 
PALM RIVER, United States
Police believe they have busted a statewide stolen equipment racket after recovering more than USD1 million in forklifts and other equipment on September 23.

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 single-body truck.

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.

Police believed 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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5. 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.

Paul 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.

An 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.

6. FORKLIFT HOONS DESTROY SPORTS GROUND 
ALICE SPRINGS, Australia
Hooligans 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.

An alarm 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 report said.

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 happening."

7. GET READY FOR FORKLIFT RODEO HOE-DOWN 
COLUMBUS, United States
Basket 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.

While 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 represent them.

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.

- Event details -
 
8. INTERLEV
Lyon, France
10th, 1th and 12th October 2002
9. EXPOSHIPPING 2002
Istanbul, Turkey
30th, 31st October and the 1st Nov. 2002
10. THE 8TH TAIPEI INTL LOGISTICS SHOW 2002
Taipei, Taiwan
16th, 17th, 18th and 19th November 2002
 
11. WOODEN PALLETS
Washington, DC, United States
Closing: 25 October 2002 2:00pm - Contract: CT1545-02
12. PORTAL JIB CRANES
Paris, France
Closing: 31 October 2002 4:00pm - Contract: CPV: 29221430
13. LIFTING TRUCKS. FORK-LIFT TRUCKS
Le Havre Cedex, France
Closing: 04 November 2002 TBA - Contract: CPV: 29221500
 

  

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