National Forklift Safety Day – June 8th, 2021

In honour of the eighth annual National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD), we are highlighting some best practices and tips for safe forklift operation. NFSD initially came to be as a chance for the forklift industry to reiterate the importance of proper training, review the safe use of lift trucks, and to revisit how crucial daily equipment checks are regardless of your level of expertise.

Warehouses and workplaces can be a dangerous place if safety isn’t taken into serious consideration. When workplaces include industrial equipment like forklifts, it’s important to ensure every precaution is taken prior to operation.


Best Practices

  • Review your forklift training periodically even if you’re considered an expert
  • Inspect your machine at the beginning and end of every shift (before and after use) – ensure you are noting any problems or concerns and reporting them to your employer promptly
  • Check your surroundings; ensure your pathway is well lit and there are no pedestrians in your path
  • Know the load capacity of the forklift and do not exceed it
  • Forklifts are not designed to carry passengers – do not operate with anyone else on the truck
  • Always use the 3-point contact system when entering or exiting the machine to create balance

 

Tips for optimizing safe forklift operation

  • Keep a safe distance from other machines
  • Use caution when approaching corners, doorways, and narrow aisles
  • Utilize the horn when needed or approaching a blind turn
  • Distribute the weight and load the forks evenly
  • Do not walk under raised forks
  • Be mindful of doorway heights and widths

Forklift safety begins with proper training prior to use, but it doesn’t stop there. Even experts should be reviewing their training and performance periodically. Whether you have been operating a forklift for one month or five years, daily checks of the machine before and after use should be performed to maximize safety and minimize the risk of accidents.

According the CCOHS, the operator should begin with a visual pre-use check followed by an operational pre-use check. This information and checklists can be found on their website here: https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/safety_haz/forklift/checks.html

National Forklift Safety Day brings awareness to the dangers of operating a forklift. By following best practices and reviewing training periodically, the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities could see a drastic decline. 

Toronto DLS

Hansler Proudly Exhibits at DLS Toronto!

JOIN US AMONGST THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY

Hansler Industries will be at this year’s Distribution Logistics Summit (DLS) in Toronto on November 5th & 6th at Pearson Convention Center. Within Canada’s $80 billion distribution industry, growing demand for advanced warehouse and logistics solutions has pushed suppliers to provide advancements in technology, machinery, automation and more. DLS is Canada’s industry event focused on distribution warehousing, fulfillment logistics, and general distribution operations.

Come visit us at BOOTH 401 to learn about our Linde premium material handling equipment and other brands including Karcher, Doosan, and COMBiLiFT. Receive free consultations regarding solutions for storage, transport, handling, and professional cleaning equipment. We’ll also be hosting a RAFFLE for 3 prizes – including a flatscreen TV!

To register and for more information visit www.dlssummit.com. Hope to see you there!

Benefits of Forklift Maintenance

Why Forklift Maintenance Should Never Be Overlooked

Key Reasons Why You Should Schedule Regular Forklift Maintenance

Forklifts (and material handling equipment in general) play an integral role in the operations of a warehouse or distribution facility. Every day they lift, move, and transport products too heavy for manual labour. Equipment is selected based on its efficiency, its ability to perform a special application, and its durability.

Although forklift maintenance may not immediately come to mind when thinking about the operations of your business as a whole, it is a key factor that determines how much down-time you could experience when equipment fails.

Here are a few reasons why you should maintain a schedule of regular preventative maintenance for all of your lift truck equipment:

  • Equipment can be expensive. Not only that, you’ve spent time sourcing the right vehicles, gone through the purchase process, and invested in quality machines to keep operations running smoothly. Why jeopardize this investment with poor truck maintenance? Proper care for your equipment makes sure your entire investment isn’t wasted.

  • Regular maintenance keeps your warranty valid. If a component fails and you haven’t serviced your equipment regularly, you may not receive warranty coverage. To preserve your equipment and the warranty, service your forklifts according to the manufacturer’s service schedule to avoid paying for repairs that would have otherwise been covered.

  • Preventative maintenance helps you avoid major repairs by catching small things before they become big. Proper inspections, testing, and general care is provided by trained technicians to help you see issues before they become disruptive. Maintenance is a plan to ensure your forklifts last longer, avoiding future down-time, and repair costs.

  • Your total cost of ownership is better controlled by proper truck maintenance. Preventative maintenance is usually a more cost-effective approach to repairs on a lift truck than neglecting it until it breaks down, resulting in a long list of service needed to get that equipment running again.

We’ve outlined just a few important reasons to service your fleet regularly, but ultimately, the efficiency of your operations and the value of your merchandise is the top priority. Preventative maintenance is part of your management strategy and one of the links to successful operations.

Want to learn more about a planned maintenance program? Hansler offers competitive rates and we service all makes and models. Contact us today to discuss a plan that suites your application and budget.

Hansler Launches New Website

ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW WEBSITE

A big change has come. Here at Hansler Industries, we’re excited to announce the launch of our new website.

Hansler.ca now features a contemporary design and significantly improved functionality. We have streamlined menus, improved navigation, and used a responsive layout for easy use across all platforms. Additionally, the new website provides added information about company products and lists products available at all 4 branches.

“Our new website eliminates the need for our customers to find product information in multiple locations outside of our domain. We hope that our customers will enjoy using our new site and most importantly, that that they find the resources they’re looking for in one place when considering our premium product” says Peter Charlebois, Hansler President.

In addition to a refreshed look and feel, the site will host marketing materials such as downloadable brochures, informative videos and blog section.

To view the new features and functionality of the Hansler website, visit www.hansler.ca. If you have any feedback to provide us about how we can improve our site further, we’d love to hear it. Contact us today.