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Why it pays to have a safe loading bay

Published:  05 June, 2009

CHESTERFIELD: A materials handling company is urging merchants to consider choosing carefully if they want to be more efficient and cost-effective. 

John Meale, managing director of Thorworld Industries, said the right supplier and equipment is important in ensuring trouble free operation and for minimising costly downtime and maximising productivity.

"You need to talk to well-known and established suppliers whose experienced sales engineers should understand your needs," he stated.

"It's also worth checking if they are members of an appropriate trade or industry association.

"After the sales engineer has suggested a specific product or group of products, ask for the names of existing users. You can then talk directly to them, or possibly visit one or more together with the potential supplier to see the equipment in action and to check on customer satisfaction levels.

"It is wise to consider a single-source supplier who can provide all your main loading and unloading equipment requirements, together with the necessary accessories - particularly if they have the relevant experience and a proven track record in the sector.

"Make sure all the equipment suggested by suppliers or manufacturers is produced under strict quality controls that ensure the highest European health and safety standards."

Through its specialist RentARamp operation, Thorworld can provide mobile yard ramps, available for purchase or rental on a sale or return basis, which are suitable for loading and unloading vehicle trailers by fork truck, where there are no suitable loading bays.

"It's worth remembering that an estimated 25% of factory and warehouse accidents occur in the loading bay. High levels of personnel and mechanical traffic, often combined with a low appreciation of the risks involved, mean that loading bays can potentially, be extremely hazardous places in which to work," Mr Meale said.

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