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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.

Using A Forklift | 5 Common Mistakes

Operating a forklift can seem like a pretty simple job, but there are some hidden challenges that you may not have thought of. To ensure you’re always working in the most effective and safe way, here are 5 common mistake you might be making when using your forklift…

Overloading Your Forklift Truck

This is one of the most common mistakes that people make. Overloading your forklift can make it unstable and unsafe, making the chance of an accident much more likely. Instead of trying to load everything on at once, take a few trips. It will be a lot safer.

Being Unfamiliar With Your Surroundings

If you’re used to a particular warehouse or factory, you’ll know every route, every corner and every space you can fit into. However, if you aren’t used to your surroundings it is very easy for you to knock into things, collide with another truck or even get stuck in a tight spot. Before you take your truck out for a spin in a new environment, familiarise yourself with your surroundings.

Lack Of Maintenance

We’ve previously highlighted the importance of regular and thorough servicing and maintenance, but we’re telling you again to really hammer home the point! At best, a lack of maintenance will cause your truck to run inefficiently and slowly. At worst, it can cause you a serious accident.

Moving Too Quickly

While it might be tempting to whizz around the warehouse completing your tasks as quickly as possible, this isn’t the most sensible way of working. In fact, rushing can mean your tasks longer in the end as you have to stop and fix mistakes along the way. Plus overworking your forklift truck can cause malfunctions in your equipment.

Poor Communication

Working with a forklift truck requires excellent communication with other workers around you. Failure to do so can mean crossed wires or others being unaware of your presence and vice versa. Lack of clear communication can result in collisions and other kinds of accidents, all of which can be avoided.

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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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