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Amvar has recently welcomed two new members of staff to it’s sales team. Introducing Jim, our on-the-road sales executive (pictured right), and Josh our new marketing and sales apprentice (pictured left).

Jim is out and about visiting customers on a daily basis and can help with enquiries about any of our products and services. Call Jim on 07918940739 if you have a query or would like him to drop in for a visit.

If you call our office, you may speak to Josh, who is working as a marketing assistant, while completing an apprenticeship in conjunction with Birmingham Metropolitan College.


  • September 24th, 2014
  • Posted in News

Important Safety Guidelines within the Warehouse

It is important that proper safety measures are taken in the warehouse. Too many accidents have happened because workers/management cannot take the time to implement these measures. This is due to either inadequate resources or just trying to seize an opportunity to cut corners and save money.

However, despite safety implementation taking some time, it leads to higher employee satisfaction and increased productivity. These are definitely two major benefits. Here are some tips for safety that you should follow in your warehouse.

  1. Ensure safety equipment is used at all times

Ensure that when lifting heavy items that the appropriate machines are being using – these include forklifts and hydraulic dollies. Make sure that all workers are wearing appropriate eyewear and hard hats. Emergency exits should not be blocked. All these precautions will help to minimise workplace injury.

  1. Clearly label designated hazardous zones

Dangerous equipment must always be stored away in a labelled area. Safe walk ways should also be highlighted with either tape or black and white stripes on the floor.


  1. Eliminate any potential safety hazards

These include, but are not limited to, stray cords, liquids, etc. Warehouse floors should always be free of ‘slip and trip’ hazards. Therefore, cracks and pits in the flooring should also be attended to regularly.

  1. Always use safe lifting techniques

Always have signs around your workplace showing your workers the correct lifting techniques to use when move objects. Always assess what method is the best option when you do have to move something around. If you are lifting, you should always to check that your route is clear and that nothing is the way. The load should not obstruct your view, either.

  1. Promote awareness in your warehouse

ForkIt is essential that there is good communication between your staff members. Collision incidents can be drastically reduced if workers let each other know where they are. Workers should also be constantly aware of their surroundings.

  1. Provide training and refresher courses

Your workers should be well educated and up to date with knowledge about safety practices within the workplace. It is important that staff AND management are completely aware of the repercussions of poor safety ethic.

These are just a few tips to help you in your workplace. Do you have any other safety guidelines?

Forklift truck hire in Worcester

The county town of Worcestershire, the city of Worcester is renowned for its poetry and grace. Home to the magnificent composer Sir Edward Elgar, the River Severn flows through the centre dividing suburbs such as Claines, Diglis and Northwick from Henwick, Lower Wick and Dines Green. 

Despite its rolling green countryside and historic buildings, Worcester has a number of modern shopping centres. The High Street in the centre of town along with The Shambles and Broad Street plus the covered arcades, Crowngate Shopping Centre and Cathedral Plaza, offer visitors to the city plenty of retail therapy to enjoy.

Shrub Hill Retail Park lies close to Tallow Hill, whilst outside the main city centre; Blackpole offers three further retail parks to explore.

With so many retailers and shops, it’s hardly surprising that there are a number of warehouses in Worcester too, with vast stock levels managed with the help of equipment such as forklift trucks.

But in such a green and lush area, there’s always the awareness of the need to be environmentally friendly, in order to preserve the beauty of areas such as Fort Royal Park and Perry Wood (where Oliver Cromwell is said to have met the devil and made a pact!).

So is it possible to reduce the environmental impact of using such essential machinery? 

Forklift truck hire in Worcester

Assessing the impact

Studies have been carried out which have shown that the biggest impact forklift trucks have on the environment is during their use, and not their production. This is great news because it means that you can make a very positive impression on the amount of energy which is used, reducing their carbon footprint. 

Around 67% of the energy used by a forklift truck arises during use, but this amount of energy consumption can be modified by the way in which the driver handles the machine. Some reports suggest that a badly driven forklift can use as much as 50% more energy than one which is being handled expertly and efficiently.  

Driver training may seem like an unnecessary precaution for warehouse workers once the basics have been grasped, but providing formal training to forklift truck drivers can help protect the machines as well as reduce costs and minimise the impact on the environment. 

Task-related training can help drivers understand the right way to handle different materials whilst familiarisation with different machines can also play a big part. 

Helping drivers to get it right first time won’t only just reduce the impact on the environment, and cut down your operational costs, it could also minimise the potential for accidents and improve health and safety too. 

Considering the layout

But providing forklift truck driver training is only one way in which you can help to minimise the environmental impact of using machinery. 

Having an optimised layout in your warehouse can have a huge effect. 

Your warehouse may have gradually grown over a period of time, with expansion meaning new products and stock are held in the nearest available spaces. It may be worth considering whether the layout of your warehouse is working in the best way. 

By reducing driving distances and making operations more efficient, you will save money and the environment. Studies suggest that having an optimised layout can cut energy consumption in a fork lift truck by as much as 20%.

  • May 29th, 2014
  • Posted in Local
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