Unsafe working practices account for about 40% of accidents in warehouses and distribution centres, delegates attending the Fork Lift Truck Association's (FLTA) inaugural Safety Conference, held recently at Warwickshire's Heritage Motor Centre, heard.
No matter who you talk to, everyone is agreed that the UK lags way behind its European counterparts when it comes to the use of automated warehousing. There do not even appear to be any available statistics on the matter, with the Automated Materials Hand
Thornton & Ross, the pharmaceuticals manufacturer based at Linthwaite Laboratories near Huddersfield, has seen storage at its warehouse increase by a third through the delivery of three Narrow Aisle Flexi lift trucks and the installation of new Dexion
Materials handling equipment manufacturer Crown says its new WE 2300 Series of 24-volt pedestrian stackers has been designed for working in manufacturing, distribution and retail areas where trucks are required to offer a high degree of stability.
The Sector Group manufactures watches for brands such as Benetton, Sisley and Moschino. It has also expanded into the jewellery business with the Xenia brand, acquired during 2002.