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Supplying forklifts since 1976

What we do

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.

Tips For Operating An Outdoor Forklift In Winter

Operating a forklift truck outside comes with a few more health and safety issues to consider and when you factor in winter conditions, those issues increase even further. However, with proper due care and attention operating an outdoor forklift truck in winter doesn’t have to be inherently dangerous and you can operate safely and securely.

Daily Checks Of The Forklift

Before you use any vehicle, it’s essential to perform thorough checks to determine whether or not the forklift is in complete working order. This is an opportunity to identify any faults or issues with the vehicle before you operate it – when finding an issue would be much more dangerous. You should check all aspects of the forklift truck including the battery, tyres, screens, lights, hydraulics, attachments and steering.

Ensure Proper Services Are Carried Out

Having operators regularly checking their forklifts is great but it’s also essential to have proper forklift servicing carried out. These are thorough and comprehensive maintenance checks that are carried out by professionals. One of the benefits of hiring your forklift trucks is that you should get services included in your contract. For example, here at H&F Lift Trucks, we offer a regular preventative maintenance service to keep your new and used forklifts in the best working order. We can also arrange for regular, accredited thorough examinations of your fleet to satisfy LOLER regulations and HSE requirements.

Suitable Clothing, Equipment & Tools

Operating a forklift truck outside requires different clothing than forklifts that are operated inside. And obviously in winter, this changes again. Winter weather demands gloves, sturdy boots, high vis jackets and warm hats. Ensuring this is provided to all employees and that they wear appropriate clothing whilst working can make work more efficient and safer.

Staff Training

No one who has not been trained on outdoor forklift trucks should be operating one – especially in winter. All staff should have thorough training and regular refreshers to keep the knowledge fresh in their mind. It requires a different skillset working outdoors as there are different hazards to be aware of.

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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

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

We cover a 30 mile radius