According to a study conducted by the National Aerospace Laboratory – Netherlands and the Civil Aviation Authority, there are 1.8 accidents per million tons of air freight transported every year. This might not seem like much, but when you consider that 25% of the UK’s international goods are transported by air, accidents add up.
Ports and docks are unique environments and thus require specialised plant equipment. Exposed to the elements and needing to lift a variety of cargo and equipment, forklifts and reach trucks that operate on docks need to be particularly hardy.
Shipping work often involves a number of different employers and/or contractors who can all affect each other’s activities. These may include harbour authorities, port operators, stevedoring firms, hauliers, ships’ masters and crew.
Forklifts are as useful inside as outside. From the stacks to the loading bay and beyond, forklifts help operators move and store heavy goods and bulky items with ease. While not all forklifts are well suited to outdoor operations, those that are can be invaluable to warehouse operations.