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|Hydrogen fuel cell technology has certainly arrived. This week, we report on a German alliance of leading industrial companies which will pave the way to advanced hydrogen infrastructure in that country. This represents a significant step forward – beyond R&D and into real-world possibilities for the energy technology. And it’s good to see that forklifts are involved, through industrial giant Linde. As one of the largest equipment fleets in the world, forklifts will be a major user of this new power source and suppliers and end-users alike are watching the German experiment with great interest. And so are we …|
|Industry leaders agree to evaluate hydrogen infrastructure|
|The use of fuel cell forklifts is a step closer to reality as leading industrial companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Berlin last week to evaluate the establishment of a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany.|
At the MOU signing, Wolfgang Tiefensee, the German minister for transportation, predicted that Germany will be a market leader for modern drive technologies.
“Germany is setting the pace when it comes to hydrogen and fuel cell technology. We aim to establish the nationwide supply of hydrogen in Germany by around 2015 in order to support the serial-production of fuel cell vehicles,” Tiefensee said.
The partners of the H2 Mobility initiative are Linde, Daimler, EnBW, OMV, Shell, Total, Vattenfall and NOW GmbH.
The CEO of Linde AG, Wolfgang Reitzle, says: “We see ourselves as pioneers in the field of hydrogen technology and will do everything we can to live up to our aspirations with our accomplishments in the areas of hydrogen production, storage, distribution and fuelling technology.”
Udo Bekker, a board member of Vattenfall AG, says that by the end of 2009, Vattenfall will start work in Hamburg on the construction of Europe’s biggest hydrogen filling station. “With [our] climate protection strategy ‘Making Electricity Clean’, [we are] pressing ahead with the expansion of environmentally sound individual mobility. We will be able to supply a low-emission fuel by means of hydrogen produced using power from renewable energy sources.”
“The only tailpipe emission from fuel cell vehicles is water vapour,” says Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “That’s good for the environment and for people – and the reason we want to commercialise this technology as soon as possible. But the widespread adoption of fuel cells will only occur when drivers can readily refuel with hydrogen.”
Phase One of the MoU involves the evaluation of options for an area-wide roll-out of hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany and the definition of a joint business plan agreement that includes the analysis of possible public support measures.
The initiative aims to install new hydrogen fuelling stations by 2011. This will take place within the framework of the German economic stimulus package and other national and state programs.
In Phase Two, the nationwide roll-out of hydrogen fuelling stations will be continued, supporting the introduction of a series of hydrogen-powered vehicles in Germany around 2015. The implementation of this phase is subject to the satisfactory outcome of the business plan agreement in Phase One.
Stakeholders in the forklift industry have long said that the automobile industry with its larger market will lead the way when it comes to establishing fuel cell vehicles. Crucial to the feasibility of fuel cell vehicles is the set up of hydrogen fuelling stations.
Hydrogen fuelling stations have already been set up in Berlin and Hamburg. Seven of the current 30 fuelling stations are integrated into public gas stations. Germany has a leading position regarding hydrogen infrastructure in Europe.
The Clean Energy Partnership, an international co-operation of leading industrial companies like BMW, Ford, Linde AG, Vattenfall and Daimler, seeking to demonstrate the safe use of hydrogen for road transportation, has a fleet of 40 hydrogen vehicles being tested in Berlin and Hamburg.
Daimler introduced the world’s first fuel cell vehicle in 1994. Since then it has invested over EUR1 billion (USD1.468 billion) into the development of fuel cells. With over 100 test vehicles and over 4.5km of test runs, the automotive manufacturer from Stuttgart has one of the largest fuel cell vehicle fleets of cars and buses worldwide.
|Supplier to forklift OEMs boosts capabilities |
Santa Ana, CA, United States
|Impco owner Fuel Systems Solutions Inc (FSYS) has increased its capability to supply forklift original equipment manufacturers with the acquisition of Teleflex Inc’s power systems business.|
FSYS has acquired Teleflex business segments in industrial and transportation alternative fuel components and systems and auxiliary power systems.
The transaction brings together two of the 15 manufacturers of off-road large spark-ignited engines suitable for use in forklifts as certified for 2009 by the California Air Resources Board.
For FSYS, the auxiliary power systems segment “creates an entry into a new market segment with diverse growth potential driven by regulatory and emissions standards”, says Mariano Costamagna, chief executive officer of New York-based holding company FSYS.
FSYS plans to retain the GFI brand name under its Impco Technologies Inc subsidiary, which focuses on the industrial market and is based in Santa Ana. Other acquired assets include engine assembly operations in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
“The acquisition of GFI allows their intellectual property and state-of-the-art technologies to be combined with Impco and BRC’s already proven systems,” says Richard Nielsen, Impco general manager. Impco, launched in 1958, makes systems that power forklifts, generators and construction equipment. The BRC SrL subsidiary of FSYS focuses on the transportation market, has principal operations in Cherasco, Italy and became affiliated with then-independent Impco initially in July 2003.
“Through the integration of GFI, FSYS can offer forklift OEMs a true one-stop-shop approach for their customer needs,” Nielsen notes. “With FSYS’s presence in every high growth region globally, the OEMs have the piece of mind that their customers can be properly supplied and serviced anywhere in the world utilizing the best alternative fuel engines and fuel systems available today.” FSYS technology for the forklift market provides ultra-low emission levels and maximum power/torque ratings along with industry- best fuel economy and efficiencies, according to Impco.
FSYS paid USD14.5 million on 4 August in completing the all-cash transaction for the Teleflex power systems business companies and partnerships including Teleflex Ecotrans Technologies Inc and Teleflex GFI Control Systems Inc.
“Both GFI and FSYS view this acquisition as a win-win for the industrial market, and all our global customers agree,” Nielsen says. “Our employees and customers can take comfort that we are now a much stronger and larger company—the world’s largest alternative fuel (components and systems) supplier—offering state-of-the-art injection technology that not only meets current emissions regulations but future (requirements) as well.”
FSYS, established as a holding company in August 2006, employed 1,448 people as of 31 December and reported profit of USD23.3 million on 2008 sales of USD382.7 million. Teleflex of Limerick, Pennsylvania employed about 12,800 persons and reported profit of USD119.8 million on 2008 sales of USD2.42 billion. Both firms are publicly traded.
FSYS competitors include Landi Renzo SpA of Cavriago, Italy; SIT La Precisa SpA subsidiary OMVL SpA of Pernumia, Italy; Emerson Electric Co process management business OMT Tartarini SrL of Castel Maggiore, Italy; Aisan Industry Co Ltd of Obu, Japan; and Nikki Co Ltd of Atsugi, Japan.
|Two Florida dealerships may undergo changes|
Orlando, FL, United States
|Two Florida forklift dealers have unspecified changes pending and, in the meantime, conduct business as usual at slightly reduced volumes owing to the economic slowdown.|
Management of Mid-Florida Forklift Inc in Orlando and North Florida Forklift Inc in Jacksonville indicated on 27 August “we are restructuring” and “we are not closing our doors” and on 14 September said “we are still in limbo” without going into details.
A discussion in the forum of Forkliftaction.com News suggested changes for the businesses.
Owners of the two corporations are president James M Hall, executive vice president Nancy J Hall and vice president and sales manager Paul Sutherland. Sutherland is Nancy Hall’s son.
The two businesses represent lines from the Nissan Forklift Corp, a business unit of Nissan Motor Co Ltd; the forklift division of Doosan Infracore Co Ltd’s North American subsidiary; Moffitt Mounty truck-mounted forklifts from Atlas Polar Co Ltd; and BT Primemover pallet jacks.
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|Cargotec investment creates jobs |
|Cargotec Corp’s new multi-assembly unit (MAU) in Stargard Szcsencinksi in Northern Poland will have 200 new employees by the time it starts production in the second quarter of 2010.|
The MAU, which will support the production of a wide range of cargo-handling equipment, is a key part of Cargotec’s long-term global supply strategy. It will serve the European markets, lower production and transportation costs, and boost the company’s sourcing activities in Central Eastern Europe (CEE).
“We already source from CEE but we want to increase our activity more and one requirement to do so successfully is to actually be present,” explains Cargotec spokesperson Lotta Clausen. “The distance between the supplier and the production unit has an effect on the total cost levels.”
It is too early to say which of Cargotec’s range of cargo-handling equipment will be produced in Poland, Clausen says. “It depends on the customer demand and we [always] monitor and react to the market situation and future developments.”
Recruitment of MAU personnel has started and an initial 50 employees will be hired this year.
“When production starts in 2010, we plan to have [a total of] 200 employees - about 60 white-collar workers and the rest blue-collar,” Clausen says.
She adds that the white-collar workers will be expected to be skilled in English while the blue-collar workers need to be educated in technical subjects.
Cargotec will invest about EUR30 million (USD44 million) into the project and it says the MAU will be the most modern and energy-efficient assembly unit in the corporation. The plant, covering a 26-hectare (64-acre) area, will have a carbon neutral heating solution and waste treatment designed in partnership with “the best service providers”. Cargotec is currently studying alternative energy sources for electricity to power the plant.
Prior to the plant’s completion, Cargotec will assemble spreaders and medium-range terminal tractors in rented facilities in the Goleniów region in Poland.
“The main reason is to ensure we are ready to start production in 2010. We need time to plan and prepare regarding production, quality, logistics, documentation and training,” Clausen explains.
|Briggs wins highly competitive deal |
Cannock, United Kingdom
|Briggs Equipment UK has reduced Finnforest UK Ltd’s materials handling fleet by nearly 40% in a highly competitive deal worth over GBP4 million(USD6.6 million).|
After looking at nine materials handling suppliers, Finnforest, a supplier of Nordic timber and timber-based solutions, chose Briggs to replace its 120-strong fleet consisting of counterbalance forklifts and sideloaders.
Briggs supplied a fleet of 78 machines including 3 and 4.5 tonne Cat diesel counterbalance trucks, 27 Baumann sideloaders and five Combi multi-directional machines.
Briggs spokesman Scot Bullock says Finnforest wanted to reduce its fleet while maintaining or increasing work throughput.
The materials handling supplier helped Finnforest reduce its fleet by about 38% through “ongoing work with Finnforest” to improve fleet utilisation and use best practice, and making the Cat forklifts and sideloaders in its short-term fleet available to cover spikes in demand.
To win the tender, Briggs also committed to deliver 96% uptime for Finnforest, and guaranteed a three-hour service response time.
Mike Lomas, Finnforest’s operations director, says Briggs offered a “total solution” to meet the company’s needs. “This was an extremely competitive tender. Service support was critical. Our sites are geographically diverse, located across the UK. Briggs has 70 engineers within a 25-mile (40.2 km) radius of each of our sites.”
Briggs’ key account manager Sean Herrick says that the sideloaders were a critical part of the materials handling solution.
“Our short-term hire fleet includes 17 sideloaders and our long-standing relationship with Cooper SH means that we can fully support Finnforest’s needs,” he says.
Briggs’ strategic partnership with Cooper SH enables it to have the support and parts back-up required for its sideloader fleet. Cooper also provides training via Baumann for Briggs’ engineers at no cost.
The five-and-a-half year contract for Finnforest includes full maintenance and service, resident engineers, a single point of invoicing and bespoke modifications to the fleet to cut lifetime costs.
|Holly Material adds Clark brand |
Tulsa, OK, United States
|Holly Material Handling & Equipment Inc of Tulsa has added representation of the forklifts from Clark Material Handling Co, from 8 September.|
“Clark brings a well-known name to our business and provides us with a more complete product line” than Holly Material had available previously, says Gary Willis, Holly owner, president and dealer principal. Holly is a full-service forklift dealer offering equipment sales, service, rental and aftermarket parts.
“The appointment of Holly fills an important territory for Clark,” says Scott Johnson, Clark director of dealer services. That territory includes 28 counties in eastern Oklahoma.
Holly Material has roots going back to 1951, when it was founded as the Chalmers R Wood Co. In 1987, a change in ownership led to adopting the name Holly Equipment Sales.
Willis, who has a background in business development, acquired the company in 2007, and the business name took its present form.
The dealership began representing lines from Komatsu Forklifts USA Inc in 1997 and those from Mariotti USA through master distributor MH Distribution Co in early 2008.
With Clark, Komatsu and Mariotti, each brand’s geographic region for Holly is virtually the same.
In the scissor lift market, Holly Materials represents material lift equipment from Advance Lift Inc and Terex Corp’s Genie brand and man lift equipment from Lift-A-Loft Corp and Tanfield Group Inc’s Upright brand.
In July, Holly Material introduced a revamped website for which ThomasNet consultants from Thomas Publishing Co LLC of New York set up the new template and basic format.
“We have been changing the content ourselves,” Willis notes. “We are nowhere near complete. We expect to expand on the number of pages” and boost content relating to casters, dock equipment, conveyors, hand trucks, pallet jacks and racks, shelving and mezzanines in addition to forklifts and scissor lifts.
Willis reports the number of hits on the website doubles each month. “Basically, it is the PFI catalogue, which helps when someone calls in” and needs to describe a part or component, he says. “It is too early to tell the website’s impact on our business.”
Holly Material employs 16 staff and occupies 10,000 sqft (900 sqm).
|Sponsors line up for Rodeo|
|A number of significant forklift companies are expected to sign up as sponsors of the US Open Forklift Rodeo & Safety Expo.|
Organiser Dick Higgins of The Higgins Group has confirmed that Springfield/Clark County Safety Council, Forkliftaction.com, KMH Systems/Yale and his own company have signed up as ‘Gold Nugget’ sponsors.
Cascade Corp is a ‘Silver Spur’ sponsor, while Keytroller, EnerSys, Reiter Dairy and Sweet Manufacturing of Springfield are confirmed as ‘Tin Star’ supporters.
Already eight teams have signed up for the event, and Higgins is getting significant enquiries each week.
Confirmed participants at this stage include DSW Shoes from Columbus, Ohio; Pepsi Cola (winner of the Chesapeake Region Forklift Rodeo); local firms Sweet Mfg and Kreider Corp; Kraft Foods Global, from Jacksonville, Florida; and SafeMov/Invergo from Lisbon Portugal.
The 2009 US Open Rodeo will be held at the Clark County Fairgrounds on October 30 and 31 and more information can be found on the event website.
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|Clark offers support to dealers in tough times |
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
|Clark Europe GmbH has opened its first dealer support centre in Lyon, France to support local dealers and customers.|
“Despite the financial crisis, we will continue on the chosen path and invest for our dealers, our customers and, therefore, in our common future,” says Clark Europe’s managing director, Egon Strehl.
The wholly owned subsidiary of Clark Europe GmbH is located near the Lyon International Airport, the TGV rail system and road networks around the Lyon metropolitan area. The centre will provide technical and marketing support and customised modifications and repairs. Its area of service extends beyond France to French-speaking countries like Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, and the western part of Switzerland.
“We plan for the long term and realise our projects consistently step by step,” Strehl explains. “The financial and economic crisis does not change this undertaking.”
“Integral components of our long-term strategy are the establishing and strengthening of networks in the different core markets – the Lyon location is only a first milestone in this respect,” he says. Additional dealer support centres are planned for Russia, Jordan, the Czech Republic and England in the next few years.
Clark is currently establishing a team of forklift specialists that includes sales personnel and technical engineers at the Lyon centre.
Strehl says the company considers hiring new employees - “a good investment into the future” as it positions itself for post-recession growth.
The company has been able to accommodate disturbances in the global markets relatively well so far “by intensive internal efforts and flexible adaptations, we have been able to avoid going into the red”, Strehl says.
|Rocla enters new market |
|Rocla has entered the towing truck market with the launch of the Rapid tow tractor.|
The tow tractor is new to Rocla’s family of products but the truck’s design is based on the appearance and technical solutions used in the award-winning Rapid low-level order picker which was introduced in January.
“We wanted to broaden the operating possibilities for our (popular) product,” explains Maija Karhusaari, vice president of marketing and communications. “Both warehouse and towing truck users find (ergonomics), efficiency and usability important, so the expansion is natural.”
Rocla says all Rapid trucks feature the “biggest operator platform in the market”, which enhances the ergonomics and flow of picking.
“Compared to competing products, it has 40% more space for the driver, although the size of the truck has not grown. [This is due to the] product family’s intelligent design like placing the battery in the back,” Karhusaari says.
Design director Petteri Masalin comments that the tow tractor puts the Rocla product range into new customer segments and draws attention to its established warehouse trucks.
“The stylish appearance of Rapid with customer-specific design covers is sure to catch one’s eye,” Masalin says.
Karhusaari agrees: “The new steering wheel resembles game controls, which makes it easy to use. The truck features LED driving lights and blinkers that increase visibility and gives it a modern look.”
Tow tractors are used to tow roll containers and different kind of trailers in places like airports, shopping centres, hospitals and factories. According to Rocla, over 1,500 tow tractors are sold annually in Europe and the market is “growing strongly”.
The Rapid tow tractor can pull different kinds of trailers up to 3,000kg (6,614lbs). Rocla’s Intelligent Drive Assistant feature prevents the traction wheel from locking during braking or slipping during acceleration. It enables good control on slippery floors and improves the traction wheel’s life-cycle.
Rocla has won the Fennia Prize for its Humanic reach truck and the Red Dot Award for its Rapid trucks. Its net sales for 2008 were EUR127.2 million (USD186.6 million). Rocla is a part of Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Europe BV.
|DanTruck will launch fuel cell forklift |
|Forklift manufacturer DanTruck A/S and H2 Logic A/S are partnering to develop and commercialise hydrogen-powered forklifts.|
According to DanTruck, forklifts are an “obvious niche market” because of their environmental impact and business potential.
DanTruck’s marketing chief, Frank Rasmussen, says that the hydrogen used in one forklift can replace the CO2 equivalent of the annual emissions from eight cars in Denmark.
“A 2.5 ton LPG forklift used for 3,000 hours a year in a three-shift operation emits 27 tons of CO2. An average used car in Denmark emits 3.3 tons of CO2 a year,” Rasmussen explains.
The forklift market may be a niche market compared to cars but the global forklift market is estimated to be worth over DKK150 billion (USD29.6 billion) each year. DanTruck says hydrogen refueling stations and infrastructure can be concentrated as forklifts are often used in a small geographical area.
In 2006, the partners carried out their first hydrogen forklift tests on seven Class 6 forklifts at hospitals and municipalities in Denmark. Last year, two Class 1 and Class 2 forklifts were tested at industry customer sites in Denmark.
DanTruck and H2 Logic are currently developing a second-generation hydrogen forklift that will be introduced to the market in the first quarter of 2010. The DanTruck-branded forklift will be available in the European market and its price has not been finalised.
“The focus is on Class 1 and 4 forklifts. The first trucks will be 2.5-3.5 ton trucks where fuel cell forklifts will replace ICE trucks,” Rasmussen says.
H2 Logic’s fuel cell system is a second-generation PEM fuel cell system that resulted from six years of research and development. The fuel cell forklift will consist of a hybrid system that includes a fuel cell and a hybrid battery pack.
Rasmussen says the system’s final specifications are confidential and will be released with the first fuel cell forklift expected to be launched to the market in April 2010.
DanTruck managing director Niels Lauritzen says the forklift company is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers “when it comes to quiet and environmentally-friendly forklifts”.
“The use of hydrogen and fuel cells is therefore a natural step to us in order to maintain and develop this position,” Lauritzen says.
|CVS delivers five machines|
Roveleto di Cadeo, Italy
CVS Ferrari has delivered five F479 reach stackers to Port Said Container and Cargo Handling Company in the past two months. “Our business in Egypt has been developing very satisfactorily,” says Marco Tosi, CVS Ferrari’s sales manager. “The latest sales have strengthened our leadership in the reach stacker market of this region.”
KSW Microtec at Label Expo
RFID component supplier KSW Microtec AG will exhibit at Label Expo Europe 2009 in Brussels from September 23 to 26. KSW Microtec will show RFID solutions for applications in sectors ranging from secure access control and asset management to government ID at the show.
TVH distributes Grove
The TVH Group has been appointed as the official distributor for Grove aerial work platform parts. TVH is a global supplier of forklifts, spare parts, accessories and rental, repairs and handling equipment in 162 countries.
|Crown Equipment scoops award in NZ |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Crown Equipment New Zealand has been recognised for its innovation by scooping SSI Schaefer’s award for its leading distributor in the Australasian and APEC/Middle East region.|
The accolade recognises the company’s commitment to SSI Schaefer’s range of industrial warehouse and storage systems.
“This is an excellent result for Crown Equipment, considering that they have only been one of our exclusive distributors for the last 12 months. In this period, Crown has achieved outstanding results which have provided the New Zealand market with a viable alternative storage systems supplier,” says MD Alan Clark.
Crown MD Mike Fogarty adds that the company’s local design expertise enabled it to tap into SSI Schaefer’s vast resources and develop fresh initiatives.
All storage systems are designed to meet and exceed Australian and International standards and OH&S requirements, as well as being fully compliant with New Zealand seismic standards.
|Biggest auction yet for Powerlift Nissan |
Milperra, New South Wales, Australia
|In its biggest sale of forklifts to date, Powerlift Nissan is conducting an online auction of 226 forklifts.|
National operations manager Kevin Gaffney tells Forkliftaction.com News that the forklifts offered for sale include both ex-rental models and trade-ins.
Asked if such a large auction at one time could depress prices in the second-hand market, Gaffney says all of these units are available for sale now. “We have taken a view that the online auction is the most efficient manner to sell these trucks on a national basis.
“Over the last 12 months, there have been a number of auctions held by various companies. The second-hand dealers will no doubt participate in the auction and may find the available stock attractive and well priced.”
The nation-wide ‘surplus to ongoing requirement’ sale ends on 23 September.
|Supply chain awards launched in Victoria|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|A new awards program to recognise the people who work in the transport, supply chain and logistics industries in Victoria has been launched by the Victorian branch of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA).|
The SCLAA Young Supply Chain Professional, Service to Industry, and Industry Leaders Awards will become an automatic feeder program for the SCLAA Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards each year.
The Young Supply Chain Professional Award will recognise and nurture future leaders through support and development opportunities in the initial phases of an individual’s supply chain career.
The Service to Industry Award will recognise the contributions and support of individuals who helped shape the industry as we know it today.
The Industry Leaders Award will recognise the contribution of companies, institutions and/or organisations that have a proven record in supporting their employees via a solid learning foundation and development opportunities in the transport, supply chain and logistics industries.
Nominations for all award categories must be received by 2 October 2009. To access an application form and award criteria, contact the SCLAA on (03) 9895 4467.
|Auckland port prepares for new opportunities |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Ports of Auckland has announced a net profit after tax (NPAT) of NZD5.4 million for the year ended 30 June 2009, compared to NZD21.1 million in 2007/08.|
EBITDA for the container division, the largest part of the business, was up 1.4% on the previous year. Overall container volumes reached a new high of 843,590 TEU, an increase of 0.3%, with terminal division volumes up 2.1%.
According to MD Jens Madsen, the port has increased its share of the upper-North Island container market from 59% to 61%, and now holds 36% of the entire New Zealand container market.
“Ports of Auckland is emerging from a challenging transitional period to a position of renewed strength, and with a focus on capturing new opportunities,” he adds.
He says productivity continues to improve, with the average crane rate up 6.6%, straddle carrier moves per hour up 4.6% and staff hours per container down 7.7%.
“We are a significantly leaner and more efficient port than we were 12 months ago.”
“We are quite pleased by recent positive trends in trade volumes. In the month of August 2009, we handled 60,698 TEU through our container division – an all-time high for August.”
‘We anticipate further strengthening of trade volumes as a result of Fonterra’s decision to route more business through Ports of Auckland.”
|Man run over by forklift |
South Clayton, Victoria, Australia
|A man was injured at work this week after tripping and being hit by a forklift in South Clayton. |
Aged in his 20s, the man was walking beside a forklift carrying 660kg of stone cladding and balancing it when he tripped. The forklift was unable to stop in time, hitting the man, who sustained serious leg injuries.
WorkSafe has issued a safety improvement notice requiring changes to work practices.
According to executive director John Merritt, separating pedestrians and forklifts is a basic safety issue often ignored in Victorian workplaces.
“This is not hard. Loads must be properly secured so that people do not need to balance them.
“There is no shortage of fatalities or serious and permanent injuries caused by loads falling from forklifts or pedestrians being hit by these machines.
“If you have a problem meeting this obligation, consult the workforce, use some of WorkSafe’s forklift safety guidance material or call the advisory service on 1800 136 089.”
Yesterday’s incident happened less than a day after the launch of a new WorkSafe campaign promoting workplace safety.
WorkSafe inspectors are active in workplaces where forklifts are used, and this presence will increase in the lead-up to Christmas.
Forklift safety information can be found at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au.
Publications include ‘Forklift safety- Reducing the risk’, ‘A guidebook of industrial traffic management and forklift safety’, ‘Purchasing or hiring a safe and efficient forklift’ and ‘Forklift safety checklist’.
Forklift drivers should also check that they have a current licence to perform high-risk work. The licence replaces the old Certificate of Competency or Ticket.
The licence is renewed every five years and can be used nationally. It is intended to ensure skills levels are maintained and to reduce the incidence of fraud.
Old certificates issued before 31 March 1995 have now expired and must be renewed.
|Plan to reduce freight traffic on roads |
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|A two-year trial has begun aimed at reducing the number of freight vehicles on Victorian roads.|
According to roads and ports minister Tim Pallas, the Next Generation High Productivity Freight Vehicle Trial will enable goods to be carried safely and more efficiently.
He says the trial will allow B-doubles, capable of carrying two 40-foot containers, on to key metropolitan freeways that link the Port of Melbourne with major industrial areas in the west and north of Melbourne, and certain roads around Portland in south western Victoria.
"The HPFV trial supports the ongoing investments being made in the Green Triangle region, a hub for the timber and mineral sands industries and the centre of a large seafood and dairy industry."
He adds that road safety will also be improved, with the trial vehicles having to pass 16 rigorous road safety standards, including ABS brakes requirements and front, side and rear under-run protection, as part of the national performance-based standards process.
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