The winter weather is coming, and businesses should be preparing for the elements before they happen. It is an employers duty to maintain the health and safety of their employees, as well as making sure the workplace and equipment are safe to use. Here are some handy and help Hannaman hints!
Consider all outdoors work areas that will become snowy and/or icy, which is sure to cause accidents. This may be carparks, footpaths or yard areas.
Tackle the slippery areas with rock salt/grit (which should be properly stored in storage bins, and dispersed correctly) and have a snow plough at the ready, after a snow fall.
Look no further, as the Hannaman Store has a fantastic Winter Management section, well stocked to help your winter prep.
Sometimes we feel like our equipment has a nasty habit of breaking down right when we need to use it the most. Properly services and maintained equipment lasts longer, perform better and are less likely to suffer unexpected downtime.
Make sure your forklift is up to date with its servicing schedule and ensure all employees, using the equipment, carry out the forklift Daily Checks – if you need a reminder of the daily checks required for your forklift, find them here:
GAS – Gas trucks take longer to warm up in the cold weather, so allow your forklift to idle for several minutes after starting. Stopping and starting a gas truck, or over revving a cold gas truck could cause the LPG vaporiser to quickly block up with frost,. Make sure the coolant system topped up with anti-freeze.
DIESEL – Diesel trucks can suffer from Diesel waxing. This means the heavier components of the fuel begin to freeze at low temperatures. Where possible store both unused trucks and fuel inside at a warmer temperature, also use fresh red diesel as this is a lot thinner and can stand much lower temperatures.
ELECTRIC – Batteries have less capacity in colder conditions, so will go flat quicker. Ensure you keep battery levels topped up and store in a warm environment.