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This week’s Safety First column looks at the dangers surrounding complacency, or what Nick Welsh defines as “patting ourselves on the back while being ignorant of danger and our own shortcomings”.
It’s interesting that this complacency is only really visible at the end of the line, among forklift users.
There’s no watching the grass grow among manufacturers. Take, for example, Toyota which is not satisfied with being number one, so this week has added Tailift to its empire.
And as we read each week, progressive dealers are also not resting on their laurels. Instead, they’re merging, acquiring, updating, expanding and adding brands.
But somehow, when the forklift ends up where it’s most needed, we tend to lower our guard and just rely on its inbuilt safety and the predictability of the workplace and our colleagues.
But, as we read this week, that’s how accidents happen. So, let’s be careful out there .

And a quick apology: Technical issues this week delayed our regular Marketplace update email which contains new listings. Unfortunately, this went out a day later than usual and we apologise to all those whose forklifts were listed - and those who had to wait a little longer to find them.
The good news is that we have solved the mailserver issues.
Local NewsEditorial articles by Forkliftaction News

Businesses urged to check high-risk licences Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales Businesses should regularly check the high-risk licences of workers to ensure their validity, according to WorkCover NSW. The licence, which is compulsory for anyone operating a forklift, erecting scaffolding, ... [more]
Dealer provides forklift prize to promote brand Australasia News
Sydney, New South Wales Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) provided a forklift as a prize in a recent promotion held at Sydney Markets. The promotion involved a number of randomly selected Your Local ... [more]
Smart 2015 to explore supply chain future Australasia News
Melbourne, Victoria Next year’s Smart Conference, taking place on 26-27 May in Melbourne, will explore the future of supply chains with a particular focus on the competencies and attributes that are shaping ... [more]
October is safety month in Australia Australasia News
Canberra, ACT Safety will be top of mind for businesses throughout October, which is Safe Work Australia Month. The event is aimed at encouraging people to get involved in and concentrate on ... [more]
Global NewsEditorial articles by Forkliftaction News

Toyota to buy Tailift
JAPAN Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the forklift business of Tailift Co., Ltd, which is active in the manufacturing and sales of industrial machine ... [more]
Europeans face restrictions
BELGIUM The European Commission has flagged a significant crack-down on non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) which will impact on forklift manufacturers, vendors and end-users. The EC this week released proposals providing ... [more]
ID Systems cites progress
UNITED STATES Wireless machine-to-machine solutions provider ID Systems Inc is gaining traction in deployment of its PowerFleet vehicle management system (VMS) technology. Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc of Bentonville, Arkansas ... [more]
23 die in platform accidents
UNITED KINGDOM There were 23 fatalities worldwide involving mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) - also known as aerial work platforms (AWPs) - in the first half of 2014, according to findings from ... [more]
Firm fined for forklift fall
UNITED KINGDOM A firm in Smethwick has been ordered to pay out almost GBP10,000 (USD 16,241) after a worker was left seriously injured when a forklift truck he was driving fell off ... [more]
Product News
Hyster Big Trucks get Tier 4 - Greenville, NC, USA
UniCarriers adds to range - Mölnlycke, Sweden
New reach trucks from Jungheinrich - Hamburg, Germany [more]
Stellana adds to product line
UNITED STATES Stellana US Inc, a part of the Hexpol AB wheels group, is marketing Sri Lanka-made Rmax solid natural rubber press-on tyres as a product line addition for use on internal ... [more]
First world champion crowned
GERMANY Stefan Theissen from Germany was recognised as the best forklift driver in the world at the recent Forklift Driving World Championship in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Theissen pipped Jimmy Vlendrix from ... [more]
Jungheinrich supports humanitarian aid
UNITED KINGDOM British Prime Minister David Cameron recently visited the Department for International Development’s (DfID) UK aid Disaster Response Centre at Cotswold Airport as part of the government’s response to help the ... [more]
Pole plant gets fourth crane
UNITED KINGDOM UK telegraph pole manufacturer Calders & Grandidge (C&G) has abandoned a 20-year-old materials handling process in favour of trailer-mounted forestry cranes from Rushlift. For two decades, C&G has used ... [more]
Inmates refurbish forklift
UNITED STATES Three inmates at a California prison devoted more than 80 hours of labour to refurbishing the body of a 1971 Toyota 2FG15 forklift as part of their vocational training under ... [more]
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Even poor visibility conditions no match for leading warning system
The BodyGuardT “i-Tag” warning system reduces risk of collision between forklifts and pedestrians. The system helps lower risk of collision by providing a highly visible indication and human voice audible warning when someone is detected too close to the vehicle. [more]
Key ASEAN heavy lift and transport players to attend PowerLogistics Asia
PowerLogistics Asia 2014 exhibition and conference will bring together the heavy transport and lifting industry from across the Association of South East  Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and will deliver a platform for discussions, networking and new business. [more]
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Analysing ocean freight data at Intermodal Europe 2014
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Safety First (Blog)
Nick Welch: Reducing complacency in the workplace
When accidents involving forklifts occur, often the first question is “what did the operator do/not do?” It’s inevitable. But Nick Welch suggests we look at the bigger picture. [more]
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Even poor visibility conditions no match for leading warning system
Key ASEAN heavy lift and transport players to attend PowerLogistics Asia
Fuel Cell Seminar partners with The Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association
Analysing ocean freight data at Intermodal Europe 2014
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In The Discussion Forums
"I recently had to replace the bearings on the rear steering axle on a Toyota Forklift Model 7FBEU15. Which required me to remove the steering sensor and drop the axle. Upon putting everything back together I noticed that the front drive wheels when activated are turning in opposite directions. Does anyone know why and or how I can fix this problem.".
Deacondave68, United States
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exalt, United Arab Emirates
"Training Effectiveness comes down to whether the "trainee" can independently and routinely perform all of the standards of their job requiring the use of a forklift. Where they have written about it, the professional instructional designers call it "training transfer".".
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