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Welcome From our CEOâ€Ś With 2013 behind us, I would first like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of our readers, customers, team members, friends and family of Adaptalift Hyster. This past year has been an exciting one for us as it was the most successful year for the Hyster brand within Australia. I would particularly like to thank our customers for their ongoing support, patience, loyalty and especially their feedback as these components all contribute to our ongoing success. Our first edition of Uptime for 2014, takes a look at Safety and its critical importance within the workplace, from preventing forklift operator safety issues to tips on ensuring mining environments are a safer place to work. This issue also includes an exciting case study featuring Coca-Cola Amatil and the collaborative modifications made to their battery room at the Eastern Creek site, in conjunction with AET. This year, Adaptalift Hyster is pleased to announce the launch of an internal corporate induction program for new employees to ensure values and goals are aligned with an outcome purpose of increased customer satisfaction. Although we expect to see a challenging economic climate in the year ahead, we are determined to tackle this head on by further investing in our service offerings and continuing to provide superior value for our customers. Adaptalift Hyster wishes everyone a happy new year with plenty of good fortune, happiness and prosperity.
Andrew Satterley Chief Executive Officer
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Corporate Induction Program
Hyster #1 Choice for Big Trucks
Serious Safety Fails
Advice from the A-team
The Importance of Using the Correct Forklift Equipment
The Importance of a Traffic Management Plan: Forklift Speed and Stopping Distances
Adaptalift Hyster and AET bring world class technology to Coca-Cola Amatil
Did you know? Ergonomics
Preventing Forklift Driver Safety Problems
Hyster Product Design Process
Around the Bay Bike Ride "Adaptalift Hyster Flyers 2013 Lap Record"
Making the Mining Environment a Safe One
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Corporate Induction Program As of January, new employees of Adaptalift Hyster will start benefiting from an interactive online corporate induction program. This induction program has been developed in partnership with LearningSeat and will provide employees with a complete overview of the company. The core purpose of the program will be to provide a consistent description of the organisation and align employee and business values through promoting appropriate attitudes of behaviour and empowering individuals through self-service tools and resources.
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Through rolling out an online induction course to new employees, Adaptalift Hyster will streamline their approach to induction learning. This is important within a company such as Adaptalift Hyster, who employ staff within a wide range of different roles, from administration and marketing, through to, sales and service technicians. The induction program will ensure staff members have an understanding of the wider group of employees within the organisation.
The corporate induction includes a short video introducing the company and then goes on to provide information regarding different products and services, as well as descriptions of various roles of staff within the company, all whilst including interactive questions and activities. The program also highlights the importance of ongoing organisational learning and achieving success as a team. By providing new recruits with this information and in an interactive format, customers will benefit from even more knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff members who have a full understanding of their role within the company. With this understanding of the company, employees can deliver an effective, thorough and informative service to customers.
Hyster #1 Choice for Big Trucks At Adaptalift Hyster, we pride ourselves on the ability to deliver quality equipment to all of our customers. Therefore, as the Australian dealer of Hyster forklifts, it has not come as a surprise that Hyster Big Trucks are the number one choice in the industry for forklifts 16 tonne and above. Hyster heavy-duty forklifts, including container handlers and reach stackers, utilise pioneering technologies in order to enhance reliability, reduce costs and optimise performance for ports terminals and heavy industry. The number of standout features within these machines, demonstrates the reason that customers choose Hyster Big Trucks to bring efficiency, reliability and safety into their workplace. Innovation is a key factor in the design of every Hyster Big Truck. As a result, these machines have brought forth a number of positive changes to the materials handling industry. The Tyre Saving Axle is one of these major innovations. Featured on the series of empty container handlers, the design reduces the total cost of ownership through reducing downtime, whilst also improving its environmental footprint through the reduction of rubber waste. At the other end of the scale, is the Vista Cab, which vastly improves driver comfort and visibility. The Vista Cab also has a series of options, including an operator presence feature allowing the engine to shut down whilst the seat is
unoccupied. Hyster Big Trucks are also equipped with a range of Tier 4 engines featuring an integrated Diesel Particulate Filter exhaust after treatment and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, resulting in outstanding engine performance, low cost of operation and low emissions. Other stand-out features of Hyster Big Trucks include; power on demand hydraulics, which optimises power consumption, the tropical cooling system, allowing operators to work in up to 50째C heat and a side tilting cab to provide easy serviceability. These features all emphasise the quality of Hyster Big Trucks, differentiating them from any other trucks in the market and reinforcing their rank as the number one choice in the industry. *Based on average AITA date from 2006-2013, wholesale-booked orders over trucks over 16 tonne capacity.
Advice from the A-team A few excerpts from our Blog regarding safety:
Visual checks: Tyres (check for wear, splitting and pressures) Condition of the lights, lenses and gauges Obvious signs of damage to the body and overhead guards, mast, lifting assembly and attachments Forklift tynes and backrest for cracks and fractures Hydraulic hose, unions, cylinders for leaks or damage Underneath the forklift for fuel or oil leaks Physical checks: LPG bottle for leaks and security Battery connections Security of the fitting of attachments Thickness and condition of the tynes Check of liquid levels including hydraulic and brake fluids, fuel and engine oil coolant. Checking the data plate for capacities (safe working load) Load center Mast full height (MFH)
Operational Checklist: Hand brake Transmission – forward and reverse positive movement Brakes and inching pedal Full range of steering movement Lift control, tilt control and side shift if fitted Additional devices fitted Horn, flashing lights, headlamps, indicator, reversing lights and beeper Instruments are working correctly
How can indoor air quality be improved? Forklift Maintenance: Carbon monoxide levels should be measured near the tailpipe and adjustments should be made to the throttle and fuel delivery system in order to ensure the cleanest possible burn. Monitoring: Installing carbon monoxide detectors with automatic sensors, incorporated with ventilating fans that automatically open and close a dock door. Routine carbon monoxide exhaust checks preformed with hand held carbon monoxide gas analysers. Personal electronic detectors with alarms which can be used for every day monitoring. Catalytic converter: Installing a catalytic converter on a propane forklift - Catalytic convertors work to convert harmful exhaust emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides into less harmful emissions of nitrogen, water vapour and carbon monoxide. Electric Forklifts: Electric forklifts do not emit carbon monoxide and should be used in small and enclosed warehouses with little or no ventilation.
What is Whole Body Vibration? Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is the vibration that is transmitted through the seat, when an employee is driving machines over rough and uneven surfaces. If a worker perceives that roughness of the ride is reaching levels considered unpleasant, it is likely that their exposure to whole body vibration is reaching levels that risk their health Health Effects of Whole Body Vibration: Lower back pain Digestive problems Reproductive organ damage Impairment of vision and/or balance Cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and metabolic changes Herniated disc Early degeneration of the spine What can causef Whole Body Vibration? Rough roads Resistance forces Vehicle activity and engine vibration Road construction Age/condition of vehicle Maintenance of vehicle suspension systems Cab layout Lighting and visibility
Blog post: “Whole Body Vibration”
Blog post: “Air Quality in the Warehouse”
Blog post: “Forklift Daily Checklist; PreOperational and Operational Checklist”
To find out more about any of these topics visit our blog… www.aalhysterforklifts.com.au/index.php/about/blog
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The Importance of Using the Correct Forklift Equipment
There is the common misconception amongst many regarding the utilisation of forklifts, this being that a forklift is just a forklift and it can be used effectively within any application. This perception is extremely worrying as forklifts are customised pieces of equipment, each specialising in the application in which they were designed to fulfil. One size does not fit all and this is important to note, not just in terms of productivity, but in terms of safety as well. Using the correct forklift is one of the most obvious ways to reduce the risk of forklift related injury and determining the needs of the workplace is essential before purchasing equipment.
that are now available. Therefore, the physical features of the facility and the application of the equipment are two very important factors to consider. For example, within a warehouse environment, a forklift must be sized with the aisle width, weight at ground level, maximum lift height and overhead obstructions and doorways. Whereas, within outside environments, one needs to consider aspects such as, the climate, the terrain the forklift will be operating on and the type of tyres used on the forklift. Using the incorrect equipment for the application at hand will cause premature wear and failure to major components, leading to serious safety risks.
Every application has its own demands. If you require a forklift for use within a flammable or explosive atmosphere, you are not going to use a standard forklift for obvious safety reasons. This should be the same within every working environment. One needs to consider all aspects of an application to determine the safest and most appropriate piece of equipment for the job. Each application is different; hence the range of different forklifts and forklift customisations
It is also important to consider the form of energy your equipment will be using in order to choose the correct forklift for the job. The choice of fuel or power for forklifts can easily be determined by whether the machine will be operating indoors or outdoors. If indoors, electric forklifts are commonly perceived as the safest choice. Electric forklifts are not only quieter but do not produce any harmful emissions. This is extremely important in facilities such as food distribution
centres. However, many electric forklift models are unsafe to use outside, especially in wet weather. Diesel forklifts on the other hand, typically lift heavier loads and are much more useful for working on asphalt pavement or unpaved roads. This highlights the importance of considering the form of energy used to power forklifts, as diesel forklifts should only be used in open spaces or well-ventilated areas in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Many other factors need to be considered in choosing the correct equipment, including the capacity and lift height of the forklift. Workers using a forklift with an inadequate load capacity for the job are placing themselves and those around them at serious risk. A forklifts load capacity is significantly affected by the lift height or maximum fork height. Forklifts with high masts have a greater carrying capacity at lower lift heights than at maximum lift heights, therefore, forklifts with high masts may have a dual capacity rating at the maximum lift height, allowing the forklift operator to work with heavier loads at low heights. The rated capacity of the forklift must always be noted and
never exceeded. Overloading cannot only damage a forklift but present additional health and safety risks. Forklift operators and pedestrians are at risk of serious crush injuries caused by rollover, collision or falling loads if the load capacity is exceeded. The selection of a forklift must take into consideration the capacity and safety features specific to the application. Determining these needs before buying or hiring a forklift is the most effective way of reducing the risk of forklift related injuries. It is important to contact an experienced supplier and discuss your specific needs in order to determine all of your options. Without the use of the correct equipment for the job, operators will not be able to complete their work to the highest of standards, placing themselves and other employees at serious risk. Written by: Kiri Eagle References: http://bit.ly/18Suppf http://bit.ly/1gCQiOc http://bit.ly/1bMcYH8 http://bit.ly/18SuxVO
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time web based reporting. The alterations made to the CCA Eastern Creek battery room ultimately provide the site with an increase in productivity of operations whilst minimising any downtime.
Burton said that the equipment was reliable and when breakdowns occurred, an onsite Adaptalift Hyster technician was able to fix the problem with relatively little down time.
Adaptalift Hyster and Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) recently collaborated on a project to modify CCA’s battery room at their Eastern Creek site in New South Wales. Adaptalift Hyster has been providing CCA’s materials handling solutions for over a decade and was thrilled to be involved in this exciting development. Applied Engineering Technologies (AET), who specialise in the integration of telemetric devices into industrial and consumer equipment categories and a subsidiary of Adaptalift Hyster also played a key role in the CCA battery room modifications. The enhancements to the battery room included a reconfiguration in order to accept the Hyster L02.0 batteries, fitting of an automatic watering system and a battery queuing station. Each battery was also fitted with a specialised battery monitor, which allows real
CCA operates in 6 countries within Australasia including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa. The group employs almost 15,000 people and produces the Australian market leader in cola brands, Coca-Cola, the number one bottled water brand, Mount Franklin and the number one sports beverage, Powerade Isotonic. CCA's diversified portfolio of products ranges from sparkling beverages, still beverages, alcoholic beverages to various food products. Almost all categories of CCA incorporate world-leading brands. CCA’s Eastern Creek facility, which was launched in 2011, specialises in bottle preform and closure. The plant, which uses injection moulding technology, manufactures plastic bottle caps and PET resin “preforms”, which are test-tube shaped moulds used to manufacture CCA’s PET plastic beverage bottles. The preforms and closures are used in “blowfill” production lines in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand and PNG. Terry Davis, CCA’s Group Managing Director has said “this facility will help us deliver on our
goal to develop the most efficient and customer-centric fast moving consumer goods supply chain in the country.” The efficiency requirements at this site were therefore at the forefront of the battery room enhancement project. As productivity is an extremely important attribute of the Eastern Creek facility, Adaptalift Hyster implemented 27 new compact high frequency battery chargers installed onto multi-shifter battery bays which have significantly enhanced operations. Jon Burton, Warehouse Shift Manager of CCA explains that the battery chargers “…make operations a lot smoother.” The uptake of the equipment was also an easy process as Burton adds “the battery chargers are very user friendly and not much training is required in regard to their operation”. All multi-shifter battery bays in the battery room at the site were reconfigured to accept the Hyster LO2.0 batteries and 27 new Hyster LO2.0 low level order pickers to upgrade the previous fleet, with second shift batteries complete with single point watering systems were delivered. The Hyster low level order pickers are used for case picking at the site. Burton said that the equipment was reliable and when breakdowns occurred, an onsite Adaptalift Hyster technician was
able to fix the problem with relatively little down time. Each new charger was fitted with automatic watering solenoids at the site. This unique watering system allows for batteries to be automatically watered at the completion of each charge cycle. This eliminates the need for operators to manually water the batteries on a regular basis thus contributing to the safety effort of the site’s operation. The battery queuing station installed into the battery room at CCA, alerts the operator as to which is the next battery ready to be swapped into the next machine. This unit has an LCD display board along with a visual display header on top of each charger which signals a bright LED blue light when a charger has the battery ready for the next change. If the correct battery is picked a chime sounds. If the wrong battery is picked a recorded voice and siren warns the operator that they have picked the incorrect battery. Each battery was also fitted with a specialised battery monitor. The battery monitor records what is happening to the battery in real time, this recorded information includes the number of cycles, how deeply the battery is discharged, how the chargers are performing as well as ensuring batteries have sufficient water. Instead of changing batteries every shift, the batteries are only charged when
required, which increases the life of the batteries and has a positive effect on productivity. Eliminating the need for a battery change at the beginning of each shift allows operators to minimise downtime and therefore increase their work capacity. Advancements in technology allow both the queuing station and the battery monitors to provide reporting over the internet using a modem and cloud-link system to download the information. This information is updated to a website allowing the operation to be viewed remotely at any time. The innovative management solution of the battery room, powered by AET, is another contributing factor which aims to increase the productivity for the site. Adaptalift Hyster along with AET are proud to have aided in the upgrade project which was completed at the CCA Eastern Creek site. The modifications have not only enhanced the operations at the facility but have also provided world leading technology to manage the operations in order to improve the overall output capabilities.
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Preventing Forklift Driver Safety Problems Forklift operators spend the majority of their working day sitting, jolting and twisting as they operate and move in and out of a forklift. These movements can take a physical toll on forklift operator’s bodies and can cause serious musculoskeletal strain and occupational injury. When operators are affected by these types of injuries, not only does productivity for the business fall but pressure on co-workers increases. Therefore, businesses should take a vested interest in restricting forklift operator injuries. Forklift manufacturers are continually investing in efforts to improve the ergonomics of forklifts. Forklift design, however, is just one aspect of improving the health and safety of forklift operators. Musculoskeletal strain can be reduced through the following methods:
The most common muscoskeletal injury areas experienced by workers
Encourage stretching Micro-breaks should also be taken by drivers in order to avoid stiffness and reduce unrelieved static posture. Drivers should be encouraged to stretch on these breaks to alleviate muscle and joint stiffness. Restrict speed limits Drivers should adhere to speed limit requirements at all times within the warehouse to aid in the avoidance of health issues for themselves as well as others. By maintaining a slower speed unnecessary jolting and braking can be avoided. It is important for employers to be aware that uneven ground and ill-fitting ramps between loading docks and trailers can all cause a significant increase in jolting and braking for the forklift operator. Therefore, regular surface checks should be carried out to ensure there are no exacerbated physical discomforts for the forklift operators. Wear seat belts Whilst operating the forklift, drivers must always wear their seat belt. Overturning poses the biggest danger to forklift operators. The safest position to be in if unfortunate enough to encounter this situation is in the driver’s seat with a fastened seat belt. This prevents the driver from jumping from the forklift or falling under the forklift if it tips over. A seat belt can also prevent knee, rib and neck injuries if brakes are applied suddenly or if a collision occurs.
Appropriate clothing Cold temperatures can cause an increase in muscle and joint stiffness. Employers should ensure forklift operator’s wear not only appropriate and warm clothing at all times but also high visibility attire whilst in the warehouse to ensure safety for all individuals. Preventing forklift driver safety problems is an important element within a warehouse. If forklift driver’s experience occupational injury they could be unable to work for weeks. Not only does this strain productivity it also increases the pressure on co-workers. Therefore, warehouse managers must encourage safe practices as well as ensure all safety requirements are carried out by forklift operators.
Written by: Siobhan Mitten
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Increase driver visibility Whole body vibration and jolting can cause musculoskeletal disorder. In order to overcome this health issue, employers can install mirrors and CCTV cameras within the workplace to increase driver visibility. Sensors can also be installed on forklifts or racking to lift the forks to the correct height whilst avoiding extreme neck craning for the driver.
Making the Mining Environment a Safe One
Mine sites are hot, dusty and demanding environments and the machines used within them need to be in peak condition in order to guarantee both safety and productivity. It is important for machines used within these applications to compliment both those who operate them, along with the environment in which they are used. The use of Hyster Big Trucks, within mine sites across Australia, highlights this importance, through enabling an increase in operator safety through the utilisation of durable and ergonomically designed machines. Heat exhaustion is a serious threat for many workers within mining applications, which is why the Hyster Vista Cab, featured within Hyster Big Trucks, is extremely important in targeting operator fatigue. The ergonomic design of the operator compartment delivers all round visibility, low noise levels, extensive ventilation and optional air conditioning
or climate control. To further increase operator comfort the visibility of the operating area is enhanced as the doors feature upper and lower glass panels improving sideways visibility. The ability of the operator to stay alert within this industry is extremely important and the operator compartment featured within Hyster Big Trucks delivers safety to the mine site through ensuring the productiveness of drivers throughout their shift. Wear and tear of equipment is hazardous within applications where it is required to withstand the harsh Australian elements, particularly within mines. The Hyster range of high capacity forklifts delivers features, such as the heavy-duty mast and frame, meeting the dependability requirements of mining applications. Tier 4 Interim engines provide further reliance through offering a faster engine response and increased truck productivity, with the added benefit of a cleaner, quieter operation and lower
fuel consumption. Hyster Big Trucks can also operate in temperatures of up to 50Â°C, allowing operation to continue regardless of skyrocketing temperatures during the summer months. The use of these trucks within mining applications ensures that working in demanding environments is no longer the effort of which it once was. The design compliments the needs of the driver through overcoming barriers placed upon them by their surroundings. The capability of these machines stems from Hysterâ€™s unique experience in this market for over 50 years, providing application-focused solutions to customers worldwide. Written by: Kiri Eagle References: http://bit.ly/T2HGl http://bit.ly/1bcOLYI http://bit.ly/E0LnY
Pedestrian Safety From 2000 to 2007 in Australia; over 7400 work-place injuries were caused by forklift accidents. On average up to 50% of forklift accidents are pedestrian related, resulting in pedestrian deaths every year in Australia. Here are some ways you can help decrease this statistic and make your workplace safer.
COMMON WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FORKLIFTS 2. Forklift Tipovers
3. Falling loads
HOW TO MAKE THE WORKPLACE SAFER 1. Ensure safety equipment is used at all times
2. Eliminate any potential safety hazards
3. Clearly label designated hazardous zones
4. Provide training and refresher courses
5. Promote awareness such as the use of horns when turning corners
6. Designate clear areas for pedestrians and machinery
7. Keep doorways clear and well lit
8. Use speed management systems to automatically limit forklift speeds
9. Ensure high visibility throughout the warehouse e
DOORWAY CLEAR AT ALL TIMES References: 1. Forklift Safety â€“ Reducing the Risk; State of Victoria (WORKSAFE); 2. FORKLIFT TRUCKS AND SEVERE INJURIES: PRIORITIES FOR PREVENTION By George Rechnitzer M.Eng.,MIEAust,MUARC Tore J. Larsson IPSO Australia August 1992 Report No. 30 3. A Guidebook of Industrial Traffic Management & Forklift Safety Accident Research Centre Monash University Victoria 3800 Australia Authors: TJ Larsson, T Horberry, T Brennan J Lambert & I Johnston)
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Serious Safety Fails
A forklift driver, who also posted his antics on YouTube, lost his job after filming himself driving his forklift backward with the rear wheels off the ground. The man performed burnouts and then crashed into a concrete pipe. He was convicted for breaching workplace safety and ordered to do 50 hours of community work and pay $1200 in costs.
A driver working for a trucking company reacted to another worker spraying water at his truck by challenging him to an arm wrestle through the trucks window. During the arm wrestle, the driver mistakenly pressed the gas pedal other than the break, hitting the worker and breaking his arm in multiple places.
A warehouse worker was killed after falling from a pallet, which was set on the forks of a forklift. The man was standing on the raised pallet in order to remove a box from a warehouse rack and fell 4 metres to the ground.
A forklift operator was hospitalised after his forklift plunged through a collapsed sidewalk. The heavy machine, which should not have been operated on the footpath, cracked the sidewalk, swallowing the truck into the hole.
Eight staff members of an Irish company lost their jobs after serious health and safety breaches were captured on a mobile phone and published on YouTube. The footage showed workers jumping into moving forklifts, setting driverless vehicles moving across the warehouse floor, before sprinting after them. They were also shown somersaulting from stacked crates onto cardboard boxes.
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Every workplace has hazards; the important thing to know is how to avoid them. Unfortunately, some people take safety a lot less seriously than others do; this has resulted in the following safety fails that will leave you astonished.
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The Importance of a Traffic Management Plan: Forklift Speed and Stopping Distances This article has been taken from our Blog. For more articles like this, visit our website. When implementing a traffic management plan, forklift speed and stopping distances should be considered prior to rollout of the plan. Firstly, it is important to understand that the brakes of a forklift are a lot less reactive than other vehicles such as a car or truck; however, they can still cause a tip over or loss of load from the forklift when applied heavily and suddenly.
Warehouse safety requirements As a safety requirement, all workplaces with forklift operations should have speed limits clearly displayed, observed and enforced. Pedestrians within these designated areas should also have a visibility vest on at all times. A traffic management plan is crucial to a safe working environment to ensure pedestrians are clear from potential danger when in the warehouse as well as ensuring the safety of all forklift operators
stalled, such as the fleet management safety system ForkTrack. These types of devices ensure speed limits are obeyed as they report any forklifts which exceed a certain speed to the warehouse or operations manager via email in real time. Where possible, older forklifts should be retro-fitted with the devices to ensure the entire fleet follow speed limits at all times and that safety precautions are always taken. ForkTrack also combines advanced safety features with an unprecedented level of fleet efficiency, offering reduced fleet running costs, instant monitoring and control, real-time web based reporting, and operator accountability and performance.
Adhering to speed limits
Stopping in an Emergency The speed at which a forklift is travelling, the weight of its load and road surface all determine the distance at which a forklift can stop in an emergency. Therefore, forklift braking distances must be considered when planning for and managing forklift travel paths.
To ensure speed limits are adhered to, it is important for employers to purchase forklifts with speed limit devices pre-in-
When planning for pedestrian safety, the emergency stopping distance of a
fully loaded forklift is often significantly underestimated. It is important to note that if a fully loaded forklift uses its maximum braking power, the load will slide or fall from the forks, or there is a danger of the forklift tipping over forwards and this potential distance must be taken into account. In the instance of a forklift travelling at 6km/h, there would be a total of a 3 meter distance required for the forklift to stop safely from pedestrian walkways in the case of an emergency. If the forklift is travelling at 16 km/h up to 12 meters may be required for a forklift to stop safely.
Traffic management Plan This information is important to consider when developing a traffic management plan for your warehouse. Effective traffic management planning coupled with intelligent fleet management systems fitted to forklifts and appropriate operator and pedestrian behaviour will all contribute to minimising injuries to pedestrians and ensuring a safer workplace.
Riverina Field Days
Sydney, NSW 19th – 20th March 2014
Griffith, NSW 9th – 10th May
Adaptalift Hyster will be back for their consecutive year at the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Forum 2014. This year the event will take place in Sydney, New South Wales. The ALC Forum brings together key decision makers from both Industry and Government within the logistics industry. The theme of this year’s event is “Time to Deliver” with a focus on the delivery of major infrastructure projects, delivery on long-term freight planning and delivery on reforms to reduce red tape and improve safety in the freight logistics industry. The two day event will take place from 19th – 20th March 2014 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, New South Wales. Attendance requires registration and payment via the ALC website. For more information about Adaptalift Hyster’s attendance at this forum call (03) 9547 8000.
www.riverinafielddays.com Adaptalift Hyster is pleased to confirm they will be occupying a stand in the main arena at Riverina Field Days this year. The stand will have various forklifts on display and a team of representatives to offer additional information and assistance to those interested. Riverina Field Days is an event held annually on the second weekend of May at the Griffith Showgrounds, New South Wales. The show is being held for the seventh consecutive year on May 9th and 10th this year and there will be over 200 exhibitors at the event. Entry costs are $6 for adults, $3 for aged pensioners and school children over 12 and free for children under 12. For more information about Adaptalift Hyster’s involvement in the event please call us on (02) 6962 7343
International Truck Truck, Tra Trailer and Equipment Show
Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME)
Melbourne, VIC 3rd – 6th April 2014
McKay, QLD 22nd – 24th July 2014
This year, Combilift Australia will be exhibiting for the first time at the International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne in April. The team will be showcasing the Straddle Carrier as well as other multi-directional forklifts, which are becoming increasingly popular for the movement of freight in the transport industry.
Adaptalift Hyster is excited to announce they will be exhibiting at the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) this July. QME is the largest regional event in the heart of the coal mining area in Mackay, Queensland. This biannual event exhibits products & services for the mining, mineral processing, power generation, sugar processing and metal smelting industries. Adaptalift Hyster will be showcasing specialised materials handling equipment such as the Hyster H16XM-6 fitted with a Tyre Handler attachment as well as other specialised forklifts relevant to the industries in attendance.
The event runs from the 3rd – 6th April at the Melbourne Showgrounds, Victoria. The show runs for four days however, the first 2 days of the show are for trade only and the last 2 days are open to both trade and the general public. The Expo is free entry. All visitors over the age of 18 must pre-register online or at the show prior to entering. For more information about the Straddle Carrier or Combilift Australia’s involvement in the show please call (03) 9547 8000.
The event will take place from 22nd – 24th July 2014 at the Mackay Showground, Queensland. Attendance is free and for trade only. For more information on Adaptalift Hyster’s stand at QME call (07) 3373 5111.
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Did you know? Ergonomics
What hat is ergonomics? Ergonomics is the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environment for human use. Ergonomics ensures objects are designed for human comfort as well as safety.
Why is ergonomics important? By ensuring an ergonomic design of objects, such as forklifts, forklift operator safety, comfort and wellbeing can be achieved. Not only does an ergonomic forklift design prevent repetitive strain and undue physical stress, which can lead to long-term disabilities, but it can also lower operator fatigue.
What are the key elements of good ergonomics? The key elements of good ergonomics are: • Visibility: The operator must be able to see where they are driving, see the load and anything else that may present an obstacle. • Location of handles: Easy to reach handles and levers allow the operator to keep their arm in one place avoiding any unnecessary leaning and reaching. • Seat comfort: Having a suspended seat can reduce back and neck pain for the operator. • Ease of mounting and dismounting: Three points of contact with the forklift is
essential when mounting/ dismounting – either two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot. It is important a forklift makes this access as easy as possible to avoid operator injury. • Noise: The noise of a forklifts engine and back up alarm, as well as general warehouse noise, can all contribute to operator fatigue. Quieter forklifts can allow greater concentration efforts and more productivity for operators.
How can ergonomics help a workplace? A workplace which is void of ergonomic hazards can ensure the following:
• Lower injury rates within the workplace • Increase in productivity of operators • Reduces employee absences due to less physical strain • Reduces turnover • Improves employee safety • Increases employee comfort • Reduces employee fatigue • Improves employee morale
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Sunday October 20th saw the Adaptalift Hyster Flyers cycling team of 2013 take part in the 210km challenge that is ‘Around the Bay in a Day’. This annual event is Australia’s largest one day bike ride and raises much needed funds for The Smith Family. Robin Harris, a legend of the Adaptalift Hyster Flyers team, participated in the great ride for his 5th consecutive year and has taken some time out to recall the day’s events below. The 2013 Adaptalift Flyers were bulging at the spokes with talent, fitness and experience. The weather; mild with a brisk north easterly wind and the tail wind in our favour, set the team off from Port Melbourne at an excellent pace. The team briefly regrouped at Werribee before steaming at 35 - 38 kph to Leopold for the traditional snack and reflection of what can be a chaotic Geelong Road. The hot topic on the tip of everyone’s tongue was the 930am ferry; which quickly fuelled the excitement and from
Leopold the pace was again quick with a leading group breaking away shortly after commencing for a sprint finish into Queenscliff, pushing hard on and above 45kph.
All cringing in anticipation that the head wind will take full effect for the home stretch, we began the push into the wind knocking the pace back to 25kph for the trip home.
The team all made the 9:30am Ferry which consisted of yet another great lunch provided by the event organisation; an open plan seating arrangement (Vehicle Ferry) where the team basked in the sun like any ocean M.A.M.I.L (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) would. Once disembarking the ferry, the team swung around into the wind where the blistering pace was hindered and the heat of the sun began to beam through.
Steadily the team pushed on passing the landmarks that are so familiar to them on Saturday rides giving each individual a psychological kicker needed to push out the heat and wind.
Mount Martha parked the enjoyment briefly while the legs began to burn with the team re-hydrating at the pinnacle to gather composure for a team run into Frankston. Reaching Frankston the reality sunk in that the team were way ahead of their usual time being only 12:30pm.
With some weary muscles from battling the elements, the team rolled into Port Melbourne at the record time of 2:45pm, where hot chips and crisp cool beverages awaited and welcomed us. What a team and what a ride for a great cause and personal milestone achievement. Well done to all the Adaptalift Hyster team riders for sharing in the team spirit and conquering this mighty ride for yet another year in support of this great charity!
Written by: Robin Harris
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