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Villa Park Midlands Expo

Amvar were one of 70 companies exhibiting at the Midlands Expo 2014. The event was held at Villa Park in Birmingham, with over 500 businesses attending! Malcolm and Jim spent a very successful day with other industry experts. If you missed this year’s Expo make a note in your diary for next year! In the meantime, if you have any materials handling queries, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01384 896 560 or email

Malc Midlands expo

Jim Midlands expo

Investing in people

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?

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