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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

Operating Forklift Trucks in Winter Conditions

If your material handling work environment has both in and outdoor areas, then it’s always important you consider the elements when it comes to operating forklift trucks. Safety and productivity requirements can be complex when you also have outdoor areas in the workspace, especially when the weather conditions get colder and harsher.

Of course it’s important to keep your lift trucks well maintained and ensure your operators are safe at all times. It’s also necessary that you employees recognise weather-related dangers and understand how to avoid them. 

Here are a few key elements to consider when operating forklifts in the winter…

Have a training program in place

Even experienced operators may not understand all the principles of cold-weather operation with lift trucks. Not all knowledge is intuitive and letting all your operators navigate icy inclines and other winter hazards through experience only, can be a costly mistake both in terms of actual cost and injury. Therefore it’s highly advisable that you conduct regular training sessions before the winter arrives, and that you don’t allow staff to get behind the controls until they’ve passed the extra training on offer.

Emphasis safety first

It’s essential that any training emphasises safety above all else. When ice starts to form over surfaces, it can compromise their integrity and lead to skids, slides, tipovers, poor visibility and cornering, along with hazard spots at transition points between indoor and outdoor settings. So, it’s vital that your staff get safe driving and lifting techniques under their belts before you look at things like maintenance training for example. 

Ensure operations are easier

Staff discomfort and distraction can lead to further potential hazards and safety issues. Cold bodies that are more exposed to freezing temperatures due to not having enough layers of clothing, can lead to impaired judgement and slower reaction times. This can then increase accident rates significantly, so it’s always important to provide your operator with winter protection clothing. They also need to be made aware of cabin temperature settings to help avoid feeling the cold too much.

Conduct routine maintenance training

It’s hugely important that your staff recognise the signs of cold-weather maintenance issues, such as a reduced forklift battery life. By having proper training in place, which is conducted on a regular basis, minor issues can be dealt with quickly. And you’ll avoid having to remove any lift trucks from circulation for too long.

Are you looking to purchase a new Forklift or used forklift? Why not give us a call today? 0800 298 8790

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H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

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