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ActionPost June 2017

Stepping Into Summer The Right Way

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You get a better tan when your closer to the sun right.... So why not top up the bronze and step into summer the right way this year all while using our mobile safety steps. Even if our weather lets you down, come rain or shine your safety is on point with us. 

01 July 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (68)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Moving Helium Cylinders

Lifting the load from the customer's shoulders

helium bottle trolleyWe were recently involved with a card shop chain that was looking to improve the safety aspect of transferring the helium bottles from the store room to the shop floor. The deliveries are made on a weekly basis directly from the supplier in Kent to the shops based in and around the London M25 area.

25 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (88)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Pick and Pack Trolley

An easy way to increase productivity

box palletOur dedicated design team recently helped an electrical and industrial components distributor through every step from the design to the final product being delivered.

25 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (87)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2
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The benefits of having a prototype built

“Building a prototype eased our concerns and allowed us to see the product before placing a large order”

mobile work station trolleyWe were recently asked to visit a large distribution centre that processes thousands of on-line orders every day. For the site, the increase of orders meant the current system of picking and packing wasn’t as efficient as it once was. The volume had meant the operatives were having to reload shopping trolleys and walking back and forth to collect the packaging materials to get the items ready for dispatch and this plainly wasn’t ideal because of the time wasted.

25 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (63)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Bespoke Box Pallets

A moving experience

box palletWhen a top aviation and automotive manufacturer needed some expert help and advice, they made the right choice in asking Action Handling to come visit them on site in Newbury, Berkshire.

25 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (103)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Stanchion Truck

The perfect answer for moving awkward loads

stanchion truckOur latest bespoke trucks certainly went down a real treat and delighted our customer in helping them overcome the problem of moving long sections of steel tube and steel bar within the factory floor in Harlow, Essex. Struggling to keep up with the constant moving of large and bulky timber pallets lying around taking up precious floor space, onto which the stock was kept. The introduction of the stanchion trucks has totally revamped and revitalised the production area making the site much more time efficient and a safer place to work. 

25 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (83)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Bespoke Hydraulic Lifting Table

After-sales is just as important to us as the initial sale

inspection tableSometimes it is really nice to go back and revisit a customer many months after the initial sale is completed and talk over how the piece of equipment we have supplied has improved the working environment for them. It is just one of the many little things that we do here at Action Handling, that we know our customers really appreciate in us going that extra mile to please and serve our customers time and time again.

25 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (59)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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Order Picking Trolley Versus Ladder

Which to choose and when

order picking trolleyLet us be very clear first of all, order picking trolleys and ladders are both a sensible and practical option for low risk and for short duration tasks when working at height. The law says ladders can be used for working at height when a risk assessment has shown that using equipment offering a higher level of fall projection is not justified because of a low risk and short duration of use or there are existing workplace features which cannot be altered. As a quick guide, if your task will require staying up a ladder or step ladder for 30 minutes at a time, it is be recommended that you use alternative equipment.

25 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (75)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Safety Bollards

Protect staff and premises

safety bollardI can still recall the words spoken to me by my driving instructor on my very first driving lesson 26 years ago. “A car in the right hands is a means to get from one place to another, but used incorrectly it becomes a deadly weapon”. He was right, thinking about it logically, if you look how much mass a vehicle has and its ability to accelerate and travel at high speeds, the consequences of even the smallest error can be disastrous, even at very low speed, the damaged caused by impact can be very costly, as I will be indicating in this case study.

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (90)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Bespoke Work Station

Made to exact specs

bespoke work stationWhen a world-wide stainless steel valve manufacturer needed a bespoke checking workstation for their quality control checks, they called upon Action Handling to design and manufacture a robust unit matching the existing bolt shelving at their Preston, Lancashire, UK site.

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (73)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Bespoke Street Cart

Helping an artist realise his dream

street cartBusiness case studies tend to be about large projects or signed deals with blue chip companies yet most UK businesses are in fact small companies or sole traders that keep the business world thriving, so when we were approached by a talented artist in Brighton who had decided to take the leap and leave behind a secure job and go it alone, we were more than happy to discuss the details of his requirements to help fulfil his dreams.

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (68)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Bespoke Steel Pallets - made to measure

Amazing - these stillages have held over 1.5tonnes every day for the last 15 years

bespoke stillagesWhen you buy industrial steel pallets or stillages (as they are also known), you expect them to last. An Essex manufacturer of purpose-made high performance doors and door sets, bought 18 such stillages from us 15 years ago. I guess even they were surprised that after all the work they have been put through, they are still very much the backbone in helping the business store the materials on site to help them produce the commercial, residential, healthcare, education and hotel buildings doors at the factory.

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (68)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Bespoke Tilt and Pull Steps

Taking an old design and bringing it up to date

Bespoke Tilt and Pull StepsWhen a top European paint manufacturer had the need to replace their existing steps on site and couldn’t find anything else in any catalogue or on the web, they contacted us here at Action to visit them on site in Liverpool to measure the old faithful steps that had served them so well in the past and requested us to produce a replica but to ensure it met all current health and safety regulations.

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (71)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Bespoke Shelf Tow Truck

Improving efficiency in small parts assembly areas

mobile shelvesA leading UK car parts supplier engaged the services of Action Handling during 2012, to further a growing list of successful projects together. The objective of this meeting was to improve the operation of their warehouse. Action Handling’s Sales Director, Stephen Phillips, met with our site contact to perform a complete analysis of the supply chain and production line. 

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (85)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Bespoke Industrial Trailers with Double Ackerman Steering

A sure way to revolutionise site operations

industrial trailerNo manufacturing or service industry can be efficient without a sound production line. When one of the largest global construction machinery manufacturers engaged Action Handling to remedy an issue in their factory, we were excited to gather more details and discuss the solution. 

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (62)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Wooden Pallet Collar

Turning simple pallets into mini bulk storage

pallet collarsAction Handling were recently engaged to supply a large quantity of our wooden pallet collars for delivery to Nigeria as part of a large transformation project. 

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (87)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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ActionPost May 2017

Our catalogue is BURSTING with new products. Here are just a few ...

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Everything needs updating at some point. Out with the old and in with the new if necessary. We're here to guide you, when choosing the right products to suit your exact needs!

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (62)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Donation Bins

With added bespoke artwork

charity binEarly in 2013, a globally renowned aid and development charity were looking to update the facilities of all fashion outlets across the UK. It was at this point that they contacted Action Handling to provide some bespoke equipment. 

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (73)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Expo 4 Shelving

Customer dedication from Action Handling

store room shelvingNo chance of a lie in or watching the golf with a croissant and OJ for the Phillips boys on Sunday morning. Not when there’s work to be done! 

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (84)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Live-pick Storage Solutions

The fastest way to replenish stock supplies

live stock rackingWhen the world’s largest supplier of car roof systems benefitted from exceptional growth in sales, Action handling were called in to implement a new storage solution that would cope with the massively increased demand for stock.

23 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (48)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tailor-made Sack Trucks

Fitting the job in hand perfectly

made to measure sack truckWhen a global electronic and industrial component giant needed a quality sack truck, Action Handling was ready to heed the call! Our site contact requested that we call in to observe the operation in full flow and make a recommendation accordingly. The requirement was for a large quantity of sack trucks which were robust, built to last and designed to handle euro boxes into their main distribution centre. 

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (109)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Heavy Duty Trailers

Some jobs require the 'big guns'

big trailerAction Handling is very proud to have been able to assist with the massive improvement in efficiency and safety on-site for one of their most valued customers.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (71)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Bespoke Trolleys

Reducing exercise class set-up time to a minimum

Storage palletThe health and leisure industry has seen a massive influx of boot-camps and group training classes over the past year. It has shown to be a more effective way of exercising than independent gym sessions i.e. more fun, more varied and more sociable. Surveys show that people have generally had enough of the big box shiny gyms. More and more personal training studios, crossfit centres and boot-camps are cropping up all the time and this is expected to continue in 2013/14 and beyond.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (69)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Bespoke Storage Pallet

Keeping the wheels of automotive industry turning

Storage palletDuring the summer of 2012, the UK car industry enjoyed a 22% rise in production in comparison to the same period of 2011. Therefore, it was no surprise that a gargantuan amount of materials were being transported and used to keep up with demand. Action Handling has worked extensively with clients in the automotive sector for over 40 years, offering expert advice and solutions to satisfy requirements for any application.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (72)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Bespoke Electric Platform Truck

High standards for high office

Cantilever rackingAction Handling was recently engaged by the procurement team at an executive agency of Her Majesty's Government, to supply a bespoke platform truck for use in their main UK office. The requirement originally discussed was for an electric platform trolley to transport certain items around the building.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (168)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Mesh Security Cage and Cantilever Racking

A truly bespoke storage solution

Cantilever rackingFollowing the launch of some revolutionary products, a global leader in orthopaedic implants engaged Action Handling to consult and supply some specific equipment at their UK head-quarters. Action Handling’s Sales Director, Steve Phillips, was invited on-site to assess the client’s exact requirements and to discuss the best strategy to achieve their objectives

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (57)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Wooden Workshop Benches

Meeting standards and deadlines

wooden workbenchTowards the tail-end of the 2011 summer holidays, a major university in the South West contacted Action Handling to assist in their refurbishment project. In order to get the Design and Technology Department ready for the new academic year, a large quantity of workshop benches were required to furnish the ‘Pupil Teaching Workshop’.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (71)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Raised Work Platform and Ramp

Keeping productivity to high levels

Bridging towerAction Handling were recently contacted by the NHS supply chain to solve a problem encountered by their warehouse operatives. On a daily basis, the warehouse team continually loads and unloads plastic containers onto and off of a high-level conveyor system. The main issue resulting from this task is a question of how the managers can maintain productivity whilst complying with H&S legislation and current lifting and handling regulations.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (66)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Bespoke Mesh Security Cages

Even the army need help from time to time

loading bay canopiesDuring a large-scale update of their security measures, an MOD army barracks based in the East Midlands appointed Action Handling to supply customised versions of their standard mesh security cages.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (56)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Hazardous Substance Cabinets

Lowering the risks of storing dangerous chemicals

hazardous storage cabinetsHaving decided to implement safe and secure storage facilities at their UK headquarters, a leading camera lighting hire and repair company employed the expertise of Action Handling.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (77)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Aluminium Bridging Tower

The best solution for safely cleaning fire engines

Bridging towerWhen an Essex-based fire station encountered a recurring issue with maintenance and cleaning of fire engines, they contacted Action Handling Equipment Ltd to visit the site and advise of a solution to improve the process.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (87)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Bespoke ‘A’ Frame Truck

Handling with care

Bespoke 'A' Frame TruckTransportation of delicate, fragile goods is a key issue faced by many UK businesses. One of the most common materials associated with accidents or injuries at work is glass. These two facts combined make the glass industry a minefield when complying with health and safety regulations.

22 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (118)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Heavy Duty Industrial Trailer

Moving heavy duty items with ease

mezzanine liftFollowing a portfolio of successfully completed projects, an Essex-based power station brought in Action Handling to design and manufacture a bespoke, heavy-duty industrial trailer for use with the movement of equipment around site. 

20 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (63)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Security Cages

A necessity for storing expensive items

secure storageIn an on-going account with one of the UK’s major convenience store groups, Action Handling were engaged to design and fabricate a range of security cages for use across multiple sites with varying requirements.

20 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (79)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Mezzanine Lift

A sensible option when floor space is limited

mezzanine liftWhen a top ten university in London completed the installation of their mezzanine floor, they contacted Action Handling to design, manufacture and install a bespoke lift to transport goods safely and efficiently between the two levels.

20 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (88)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Drum Storage Units

Making safe storage to comply to H&S standards

bespoke drum storageWhen an Essex-based Power Station was in need of a safe storage facility for steel drums which contained hazardous substances, they contacted Action Handling to discuss and design a bespoke solution for their requirements. The Drum Storage unit was manufactured with a custom finish and specialised paint to comply with health & safety regulations. It was designed to help compliance with environmental pollution regulations.

20 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (82)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Loading Bay Canopies

Keeping the weather at bay

loading bay canopiesDuring a large transformation project of their Loughton manufacturing site, the UK and Europe’s leading supplier of mailing equipment contracted Action Handling Equipment Ltd to offer their expert advice and to provide a solution for their warehouse.

20 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (79)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Shelf Trolley

with hinged sides

bespoke shop trolleyA major high street convenience store group approached Action Handling and requested the design for a bespoke shelf trolley which will serve as multi-functional equipment around the store. Given the variation of sizes, textures and quantities of goods which needed to be transported, a standard model was not suitable and a bespoke solution was manufactured. 

18 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (98)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Bespoke Nesting Trolley - solution provided

with folding base basket and folding basket tray

bespoke nesting trolleysAction Handling was engaged by a leading high street retailer to design and manufacture a set of bespoke nesting basket trolleys. Due to the unique shape and size of items which needed to be moved through the store, a standard model was not suitable. Having met with store managers, fully confirming their requirements with head office, Action Handling then designed a solution. 

18 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (67)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Bespoke Nesting Trolley

with the added advantage of a folding basket tray

bespoke nesting trolleyAction Handling was contracted by a leading convenience store group to design and manufacture a set of bespoke nesting trolleys for use in stores throughout the UK. Having visited the head office and consulting with various store managers to confirm why the standard model was not suitable, it was clear that a bespoke solution was required.

18 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (73)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Bespoke Materials/Goods Cage

Made to fit the job in hand but is now utilised for other projects

bespoke materials cage for hoistingAction Handling Equipment Ltd was engaged by a leading construction group to design and manufacture a bespoke materials/goods cage for use on-site at Kings Cross Railway Station, London.

18 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (81)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Storage Cages

Keeping gas bottles safe and secure!

bespoke gas cylinder storageThe storage of gas cylinder bottles is an issue regardless of location. They are used on building sites, business premises, garage forecourts, farms and industrial processing plants. It is therefore imperative to ensure all cylinders are stored safely and securely, to meet strict H&S regulations.

18 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (90)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Mobile Access Platform

Keeping the workforce safe

access platformWhen a leading car roof box manufacturer had a health and safety issue onsite, concerning the loading and unloading of vehicles at its warehouse in Suffolk, they contacted Action Handling Equipment Ltd to visit the site and advise of a solution to resolve the issues.

15 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (91)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Heavy Duty Motorbike Pallet

A transport solution

motorbike palletHistorically, motorcycles have been delivered in disposable wooden crates or on wooden pallets. Although it is a standard process throughout the industry, it is time consuming and generally unsafe. Also, the cost of disposing the packaging must be borne by the customer and it generally prohibits more than one unit being transported per pallet.

15 May 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (88)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.0
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Safety Treads and Decking

Reducing slips and trips

safety treadsSafety of personnel in environments where there are slippery surfaces is absolutely vital. When a sub-contractor of British Waterways noticed an increase in injuries and sick-leave at one particular site, they decided to investigate.

25 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (105)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Categories: Health & Safety

Bespoke Tilt 'n' Push Steps

Protecting aircraft and Air Cadets

drawn stepsThe Air Cadets had a health and safety problem that was causing issues with damage to aircraft wings and difficulty in boarding aircraft and then also leaving the cockpit.

25 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (85)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Bespoke Reel Lifter

A solution to a very awkward problem

bespoke reel lifterA customer contacted us requiring a new piece of equipment to assist on site with loading a new large steel press roller on site. The company was manufacturing plastic film packaging for the food industry and needed a piece of equipment to lift up a large steel roller at the start of the process. The steel roller was to be lifted 870mm from the floor and would need changing several times per shift.

25 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (154)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Automotive Industry Trailers

Increase productivity by saving manpower time

heavy duty bespoke truckFollowing some issues regarding safe and secure transport of goods on-site, the procurement initiative of a British car manufacturer sat down with key members of its engineering team to discuss the best course of action. Shortly after this, Action Handling were engaged for their expertise regarding handling equipment.

24 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (90)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

ActionPost April 2017

Can We Fix It?

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Damaged for good? Need a new one?! Think again. Our engineers can work wonders with damaged goods. It may be a cheaper option than replacing the whole unit. It's rare, although can happen, that goods are damaged beyond repair. If that is the case, we're sure to have the best price for you in purchasing a new updated unit. 

24 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (96)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Steel Buildings

Action Handling set the standard for cold rolled frames

steel buildingsAll our buildings are designed to BS5950, BS6399 and are supplied with a complete set of structural calculations. Anti-condensation lining on all single skin roof panels.

24 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (99)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Extra heavy duty turntable truck

Europe’s flag ship research centre calls for Action Handling expertise

heavy duty bespoke truckThe research done at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is rightly recognised as world class and it has driven UK leadership in fusion R&D for many years. We were thrilled to help manufacture an industrial trailer with box body and towing eye recently for the management team at UKAEA.

20 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (98)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Utilise gravity and increase productivity

How to choose a gravity roller conveyor


bendy conveyorGravity roller conveyor is often referred to as gravity conveyor, roller conveyor or just plain old conveyor. Conveyor in its most basic form is made up of an outer framework and a series of rollers fitted within that frame over which goods can be rolled from point A to B.

20 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (100)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Mobile workbench

We solve the pick and pack problem for a company struggling to keep up with its orders

pick and packWhen you need a bespoke product it is hard to know where to begin, Firstly is it going to be expensive, also who can you trust to understand your needs and criteria? What if it goes wrong and the project starts to unravel and cost spiral out of control? Well breathe and relax, Action Handling have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help ease the worries and stresses that brings.

29 March 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (162)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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Access safety platforms

How many staff does it take to change a light bulb?

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It might be a common theme for jokes, but really, how many workers does it take to change a light bulb? Let’s make no mistake about it, having substandard lighting in your factory or warehouse is a potential danger for your employees.

29 March 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (151)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Workplace Advice

ActionPost March 2017

Our New Catalogue

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And to make things easier, we're ahead of schedule. 
That's right! The catalogue should be well and truly planted on your desks by now. This time last year we still had catalogue pages flying through the air prior to print, however this year we have changed things to provide that end of yearly budget spend before the Easter break. 

19 March 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (137)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Bespoke Bar Racks

When it comes to the storage of automotive components no two situations are the same

bar racksWe were recently approached by the facilities management team for an automotive manufacturer in Northamptonshire who were experiencing difficulties in sourcing the exact needs for their requirements. Increase demand had meant ordering of material for production on site was at an all-time high, which had a knock-on effect as they had insufficient compliant storage capacity for their production team.

23 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (183)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8

Archive storage

Never lose paperwork again!


archive storageWhether in the home or at the office, storage space is always at a premium. Even in this digital age, a mountain of paperwork can still develop very quickly, much of which you’ll want to keep and some, such as company accounts you must keep by law. How long you retain your books and records for, varies depending on exactly what they are and what type of business you run.

22 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (200)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

Increase speed and efficiency in your warehouse

The man hours lost in your warehouse can seriously jeopardise the effectiveness of your business as a whole.

warehouse boxesThe man hours lost in your warehouse can seriously jeopardise the effectiveness of your business as a whole. A goods inwards delay can prevent the timely manufacture or assembly of finished products and similarly delays in the picking and despatch of those products will mean that your customers will not receive goods on time. What can be a generally accepted first class product can be completely let down by poor warehouse planning.

22 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (485)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Workplace Advice

Keep outdoor spaces clear of cigarette butts

Littering is a growing problem and cigarette butts a major contributor - we need to provide bins and help stamp it out.

cigarette buttsFew things look more unsightly around your workplace than discarded cigarette butts, yet it’s estimated that 79% of all public places in the UK are blighted by them. Since the smoking ban which prohibits smoking inside any public space came into force in 2007, littering is a problem which seems to have escalated.

22 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (190)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.8

ActionPost February 2017

Our New Catalogue Will Cause A Smile

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Our NEW annual catalogue is nearly here and it's had yet another makeover! With a new page design, new products, great prices and a cover that will make you smile. Are we barking mad?! Maybe, but that's why you love us :) We're loyal and trustworthy just like our mystery helper. 

01 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (115)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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ActionPost January 2017

Better Customer Communication

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Like any business, customers should be the main priority. Well, it is for us anyway! 

We are proud to announce that we've upgraded our systems to create an even better experience when contacting Action Handling

04 January 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (120)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Winter weather

The guessing game

weather forecastWinter can be a testing time for any business. Freezing temperatures, high winds, snow and ice can all conspire to make things a little more difficult than they might otherwise be. Obviously, the weather in the UK is somewhat fickle, making it very hard to predict what may or may not happen next month, next week or even tomorrow, which means forethought and preparation are key in keeping things running smoothly.

17 December 2016/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (439)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Workplace Advice

ActionPost December 2016

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

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Please take note of our Christmas and New Year shut down period.

*** We will be closing at 1pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and will be returning to the office at 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2017 ***

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your valued custom throughout 2016. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

14 December 2016/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (114)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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ActionPost November 2016

Plan ahead for Christmas delivery, don't be disappointed!

action postDon't get caught out and miss the seasonal deadline for deliveries. We're letting you know our deadlines in plenty of time, to help you plan and stay ahead of the seasonal delivery mayhem.

05 November 2016/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (168)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Can you over-protect your goods in transit?

Stretch film and why you need it!

There is nothing more annoying for your customers than deliveries arriving damaged. Every consignment that they have to return costs them both time and money, which means that ultimately, their damaged deliveries will damage your business.

04 November 2016/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (278)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Workplace Advice

ActionPost October 2016

Bespoke Box Pallets

action postOur website may be brand spanking new however our 45 plus years of product knowledge and expertise is still very much here ready and waiting to help our customers.

07 October 2016/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (119)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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ActionPost September 2016

Our Brand New Website

action postWe're sorry we've kept the secret from you but we were making sure everything was perfect for the launch. Go and check it out.

28 September 2016/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (104)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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ActionPost August 2016

Action Handling Site Visits - Always In Medal Position...


action postIn accordance with HSE HS (9) all lifting equipment supplied must have a minimum of one service per annum. We are pleased to offer you our superb service facility. We operate three levels of service for hand pallet trucks (gold, silver and bronze service levels) plus annual service contracts for hydraulic scissor lift tables, stackers and electric stackers.


Prices include:
• Service by a fully qualified service engineer.
• Labour and travelling.
• Minor repairs and adjustments.
• Full nationwide coverage of UK mainland.
30 August 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (370)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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Bicycle Racks

Ditch the lycra

On my travels around the country visiting industrial estates and business parks (I know living the dream!) one thing has started to stand out, the increase of cycle racks and bicycle shelters outside offices, factories and production plants. I guess with parking at an all-time premium and a strive for a healthier life-style and bosses being more open to funding for such items these days I suppose it makes sense that as a nation we look at alternatives to the car and public transport.


05 August 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (362)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Turntable Trucks

Helping you to move goods efficiently

Turntable TruckThere are many types of hand truck or trolley available to the industrial sector today and many of them have names that we have all heard of before…..flatbed truck, rough terrain truck, platform truck, hand trailer, warehouse truck etc. Sometimes they seem to be referred to as trucks and sometimes as trolleys. What`s the difference? To be honest I`m not quite sure anybody really knows! Certainly Wikipedia seems to struggle with that.

28 July 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (487)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6
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ActionPost 26 July 2016

Shutdown - Check Prior To Ordering

action postA shutdown is a scheduled closure within a company so that improvements can be made to carry out work on premises & facilities for an extended period of time. During this time, work schedules may have to be modified, special equipment may have to be rented and contractors may have to be hired to fill additional labour requirements and special operations. While this work is carried out workers may be required to take annual leave.

 

 

 

26 July 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (370)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Wheelie bins

Kings of the recycling world

coloured wheelie bins Almost one tonne per household which is pretty much a Nissan micra each per home, that’s without taking into account large events which we attend and produce a mountain of waste such as sporting events, pop concerts and industry waste, no wonder the wheelie bin is very much an everyday essential especially as our  household waste increases by 3% per year, so on that ratio our waste at home in 17 years will be two Nissan micra's.  
12 July 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (574)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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How To Choose The Correct Stacker Truck

Questions to ask yourself when choosing a stacker truck

A stackerThey lift and move pallets of goods around from point to point and are generally used in warehouses, factories and goods inwards departments. Some models are often used to move un-palletised goods like machine parts, boxes, drums and cartons but then they would normally need to be fitted with a fork platform or lifting attachment to suit the load.
07 July 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (389)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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ActionPost July 2016

SUPPORTING AND SUPPLYING OUR ARMED FORCES

action postWe are supporting the Battle of the Somme which will be commemorated with two-minute silence on Friday 1st July 2016
01 July 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (342)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Access towers

Give you safe and easy access

An Access TowerIf you are using any item of work at height equipment within the workplace including a scaffold access tower, either as an employee or self-employed person, the work at height regulations will apply to you
29 June 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (515)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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Adhesive Tapes

Quality tapes, so less waste!


coloured adhesive tapeWhen I mention adhesive tapes, straight away you are probably thinking sellotape! The fun you had in your childhood making space stations or princess castles out of mum’s old Rice Crispies cereal boxes, Fairy washing up liquid bottles and empty toilet paper rolls. Sticking them all together with an endless amount of tape to create what you see in your mind as a pure masterpiece. You would feel that you had constructed something far greater than the pyramids.
23 June 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (538)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Action Post June 2016

New Website - Safety Steps, Ladders & Access Equipment

action postTHIS BRAND NEW WEBSITE IS DEDICATED SOLELY TO SAFETY STEPS, LADDERS & ACCESS EQUIPMENT.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED AT THE TOUCH OF YOUR FINGERTIPS. 
21 June 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (376)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Pallet Truck Repairs

Maintain it, repair it or send it to the skip?

Pallet truck being servicedMy TV repair man came around the other week to fix a problem with my 10 year old flat screen LED. I was somewhat surprised when to my joy the problem was fixed and it only cost me £78. I was expecting the usual ‘Oh sorry mate, that model must be at least 2 years old and you might as well throw it away and buy another one’.

14 June 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (549)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Three In One Sack Truck

One product that does three jobs!

Three Way Sack TruckWith such an array of hand trucks and trolleys flooding the industrial market place it can sometimes be totally baffling to know which sack truck or trolley to select for your workplace or indeed even home use. The choice seems endless from folding foot, fixed toe plate, mesh infill back, curved back the list of different variations of the product are vast and that’s before we even get into the realms of handles and wheeling, So to find a sack truck that can perform a host of applications there may well be a very savvy choice.
07 June 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (471)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4
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Anti-Fatigue Mats

Standing for lengthy periods causes general fatigue plus health problems

Anti Fatigue MatsAnti-fatigue mats are predominantly used in industrial and commercial working environments to provide worker comfort. Standing for lengthy periods of time during your work shift on hard and sometimes cold floors causes general fatigue plus health problems such as poor blood circulation, aches in joints, and pains in feet, hips and back. Standing for long periods is also bad for health because of the strain on the lower limbs. The problems caused with feet can include corns, bunions, flat feet and heel spurs. Medical professionals also link standing for long periods day in day out to varicose veins. These causes to health problems can be easily reduced by providing a comfortable working environment, and anti-fatigue mats also reduce slips, trips and falls. As we know slips, trips and falls mean a decrease in staff productivity, absenteeism and ultimately can cost employers millions of pounds each year.  
23 May 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (583)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Avoid A Potential Disaster

Cylinder storage

cylinder storage
Cylinders are generally awkward to handle, move, position and then place in storage. By their very design they do not lend themselves to being exactly user friendly. However, companies would be well advised to consider the general implications that the use of cylinders have within the work place.

The first issue is to establish and recognise what type of gases the cylinders are actually containing. Identification and recording of the results should be a part of your risk assessment within workplace safety procedures.

23 May 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (485)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Health & Safety
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Bespoke Made Materials Handling Equipment

So what does it mean?

A Loading BayBespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the customs, tastes, or usage of an individual purchaser. 

19 May 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (359)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Action Post May 2016

Our new Satellite site is here

action postIf you are looking for safety steps for the workplace then you have come to the right place. Safety Steps Supplier is a subsidiary of Action Handling Equipment Ltd, specialists in material handling equipment. On our main website we have over 11,000 products, but we know that when you are searching for Safety Steps, Stepladders and Access Towers, you want experts in that area. We have 103 varieties of folding step ladders alone. Within our company we have experienced people who can answer your questions without a hidden agenda. We genuinely feel responsible for your safety, and therefore have created this specialist safety steps supplier website with that in mind. Please contact us if you have any questions about any of our products.
15 May 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (349)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Why Use a Bendy Conveyor?

Flexible Expanding Gravity Conveyors

  

Conveyors for awkward spaces There are many trade names covering this product but at the end of the day it is a conveyor that can be bent around corners or obstacles, it is flexible throughout its length, it can expand in length to suit an application plus you have the option of having the conveyor fitted with either rollers or skatewheels. Sound confusing….well it is not really, it`s just a matter of choices that best suit a situation.  

09 May 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (549)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Action Post April 2016

OUR NEW CATALOGUE IS HERE...

action postCAST YOUR EYES ON OUR BRAND NEW CATALOGUE. HAVE YOU GOT YOURS YET
15 April 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (309)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Birds Driving You Batty

Who will win you or the birds?

Birds cartoonSo who is smarter, you or the birds? That is a question that commercial building owners are often left scratching their heads over. Early Spring is the time when you should not only think about but indeed put into action your preventative measures to help dissuade birds from roosting or nesting on and around your buildings.
11 April 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (506)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Key Points

For choosing key cabinets


Key CabinetMany facility management companies are finding that key storage on industrial sites is becoming a major security issue. Whether it be manufacturing plants, construction sites, office blocks or even for the more public of places like schools, sporting venues, community halls, shopping centres, hospitals and hotels……..key security must be taken as a strategically planned and risk assessed procedure. Appropriate key and padlock storage systems are used to ensure you never lose keys again and also to enable managers access to control keys on site by the use of key security cabinets. An index system within the units supplied will mean that any site manager or authorised personnel will be able to collect the correct keys every time as they are numbered and colour matched for fast identification.

05 April 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (559)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Timber Trailers

 

Timber Trailer with Cantilver ArmsSince we first started trading back in 1970, we at Action Handling Equipment Ltd have been asked to manufacture a wide range of equipment with numerous different names. So when one of the UK’s leading Timber Merchants contacted us recently enquiring about Timber Trailers we responded with “what type are you looking for?".  The response came back as “just the normal standard type”.

 

17 March 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (578)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Action Post March 2016

Welcome to the DARK SIDE

action postThat's right! Our NEW ANNUAL CATALOGUE is on the horizon and it's had a huge makeover!

Of course we can only show you the snippet above as we don't want to ruin the surprise. You'll just have to wait a little longer... 
15 March 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (315)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Order Picking Trolleys

Meeting the customer's requirements

order picking stepsAction Handling has a comprehensive range of order picking step trolleys to ensure that your increase in warehouse or distribution hub productivity is supported. Our order picking trolleys are made to order therefore are available in any standard RAL colour and we can also accommodate you in supplying goods in your own company colours or if various departments have a colour scheme in place to distinguish form each department, we can of course supply order picking steps for you in a variety of colours to keep everything in its place for you, just please  state this at time of quotation request or when we visit your site to allow for any additional cost for special paint finishes.

11 March 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1559)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.9
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Growing Begonias

Drown them all Sir!!

Garden Centre BarrowIt`s that time of the year when keen or even not so keen gardeners turn their attentions to the planting of garden plants. A very good friend of mine and knowledgeable gardener tells me that begonias need a damn good regular drowning and that sweet peas need lots of loving care and attention. Bulbs like gladioli can be planted at this time of year but one should ensure that the deciduous trees in the locality have to be well `into leaf` to offer their protection to the soil. Now quite how he knows all these things are a complete mystery to me seeing as he seems to spend all his time in the bookies or the pub!! But what I do know, is that he knows his garden plants……..and I don`t!!

 

04 March 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (608)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Pallet Collars

Store more items on your pallets

Pallet Collars are a very simple product that has been designed to increase the storage area of items on a pallet. Traditional pallets are flat and that often restricts the amount of goods that can be loaded onto them. Pallet collars build up four retaining sides around the pallet, therefore providing an increased loading possibility
29 February 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (723)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Cash & Carry

`More….. see it, pick it and wheel it`

Cash and carry truckFrom its humble beginnings in the mid nineteen twenties the `Wholesale` warehouse more latterly became known as the Cash & Carry, although the first street appearance of the term is widely accredited to Lawrence Batley who didn`t open Batley`s Cash and Carry  in Huddersfield until 1958. https://www.batleys.co.uk/about-us.php https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cash_and_carry_(wholesale)

22 February 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (526)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Action Post February 2016

Age is just a number!

action postAt Action Handling we don't just advise you to buy nice new shiny equipment. If we see a 'vintage' piece of equipment worth fixing, we can, and will fix it. Just because it's old, it doesn't mean you cant use it. Not everyone is in a situation where they can splurge out on brand new equipment and we respect that. We offer a whole range of servicing on material handling goods.

So why not give us a call and get some life back into your equipment
15 February 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (296)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Action Post January 2016

Melting the January blues & Winter life hacks

action postWe have some exciting changes happening over the next coming months. Including our Information hub, Meeting the Action Team, YouTube and Google+ 
01 January 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (323)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Cleaning Up

cleaning up

We often cite Health and Safety requirements in our blog posts – after, all, they are an integral part of doing business in the UK. The information we cite is for general purposes only – each business should have their own policy in place and all staff should be aware of what it is. However, there are several basic rules that can apply to most companies, such as:

  • Proper staff training
  • Using the correct equipment for the job
  • Keeping equipment maintained and up to date with regular safety checks
  • Providing a clean work environment

26 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (708)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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When Things Get Heavy

Various Types of Heavy Lifting Equipment

when things get heavy

Having to move heavy goods and products is a part of most handling industries, whether in factories or distribution companies. However, not all heavy lifting is created alike – depending on the business and goods to be moved, lifting equipment specific to the task at hand is crucial to completing the task.


20 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (493)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Action Post December 2015

10% OFF & Christmas Closure

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With the shortest day of the year still to come, dark nights and bad weather make keeping your outdoor areas well lit not just a safety issue, but a security one as well. Inside, wet or muddy floors can increase the risk of slips and falls, so it pays to keep them clean. Minimising the ingress of snow, ice and mud into your premises is simple if you dedicate an area where staff can change out of winter attire

15 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (312)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.0
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Action Post November 2015

Features Paul In Pink

action postTime For Action. Next month to be exact. Luckily you still have time, and there's no time like the present. Order any items you need now for making it a smooth and hassle free Christmas period. Check out some of our essential winter must haves. 
15 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (531)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Position Perfect

Work Positioners Take the Strain Out Of Lifting

position perfectIn the modern workplace, employee Health and Safety is an ongoing concern. Providing the right equipment, environment and training is key to keeping staff at their best, as well as your business in compliance with the law. However, despite new information and training, back injuries are still one of the most common workplace incidents, especially in warehouse and handling environments. Lifting incorrectly is a common contributor to such accidents, through over-reaching, cutting corners to save time, or by simply not having the correct equipment in place.
15 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (598)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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