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ActionPost November 2018

Winter & Christmas will be here before you know it!

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As companies recruit temporary workers to help cover the busy Xmas period, extra care should be taken for their safety. Workers are more likely to have an accident in a new industry or workplace during their first six months.

15 November 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (66)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Gold rush for Black Friday

Fail to prepare ... prepare to fail!

work benchA top British jewellery brand that leads the way in fine contemporary pieces have been making plans for this year’s Black Friday extravaganza event, by ensuring that staff have in place additional workstations to package orders received online from the frenzy anticipated during this year’s promotion. 

01 November 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (324)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Staff and student lockers

As Christmas approaches, is there enough room at the inn?

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With Christmas almost upon us, is your business looking to increase its workforce by taking on extra temporary staff to help with the rush? Take a step back and look around your staff facilities; will the sudden increase of numbers put a greater strain on your existing cloakroom or staffroom? Will it become more challenging and difficult for everyone to find their belongings?
30 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (169)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

Reel lifters

The benefits of owning one and what you need to consider before purchase

light duty stackerWhilst every company is unique in its own way, the work problems it can encounter on a daily basis are often shared throughout industry. Action Handling has a 48 year trading history, during which it has accrued a fountain of knowledge, so when it comes to finding solutions for work problems, we can often pull on previous projects completed for other customers with similar hurdles to jump.

19 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (187)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

ActionPost October 2018

Bespoke products that work, helping you comply with the law and on-line purchasing made easier!

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The NHS recently celebrated its 70th Birthday. During forty of those seventy years, Action Handling has been on hand to offer the NHS up and down the country advice on storage and handling issues that crop up on site.

11 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (98)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Nature's litter and how to deal with it

Who'd have thought that leaves on the line was a plausible excuse!

autumn leavesStunning colours! But if you have company premises, then falling leaves can be a big problem to handle. There's no escaping them, even at home the decaying foliage becomes an unwanted headache to have to deal with.

01 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (136)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8

Better to be safe than sorry when handling gas cylinders

Helpful advice for moving and storing dangerous cylinders

gas cylinder handlingBefore buying cylinder handling and storage equipment it is important to understand and assess how different types of cylinders need to be handled and also to establish the actual requirements of individual gases by identifying them in the first place.

01 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (151)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

Avoid unnecessary equipment failures and stay on the right side of the law

Protecting your investment

Equipment contractsSometimes we are just all so busy that we overlook the simple things in business. Maintenance and servicing of equipment is an area that is often overlooked, yet with a little help from your friends at Action Handling Equipment this can be a scheduled event that you do not have to worry about.

14 September 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (127)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

999 What’s your emergency?

40 years of providing the NHS with bespoke quality industrial products

bespoke cylinder truckThe NHS recently celebrated its 70th Birthday, what a magnificent achievement from the organisation that the whole country holds dear to its heart; over the last seven decades we have seen massive improvements in research and developing medicine which has allowed us to live healthier and longer by an average of ten years. During forty of those seventy years, Action Handling has been on hand to offer the NHS up and down the country advice on storage and handling issues that crop up on site.

10 September 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (200)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8

ActionPost September 2018

School summer holidays - are they too long?

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It's 'back to school' time but should we be considering a change in how school holidays are planned? The effect of the long summer holidays on UK industry is enormous. Is it time for a change?

06 September 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (204)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

We just love to moan about it … the British weather!

But it's time for businesses' to develop strategic planning for it

too hot to workWere you prepared when the temperatures soared? Why is it that UK companies never quite seem to get ahead with extreme weather planning? In the latest heat wave, suppliers across the country ran out of fans, air conditioning units, water coolers and even cold drink machines. To avoid this happening again, Action Handling advise their clients to put in place a strategic plan to cover all the seasons and all the possible extreme weather problems that can happen.

22 August 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (235)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

Will a risk assessment keep you out of court?

Controlling the risks in the workplace

fall from heightThe HSE (Health and Safety Executive) say that a risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you should identify sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace.

22 August 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (139)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.7

Getting the orders out quicker

Creating smoother transactions for a pick and pack company

packing benchWhen a large company makes contact with you on the back of previous dealings, it’s always comforting to be in the knowledge that the work you have carried out before is appreciated. Being invited back to help with new and exciting projects, is extra special for us!

15 August 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (243)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8

ActionPost August 2018

Health & safety at work should be your priority

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  • How your fork lift truck can help with maintenance and repairs. 
  • Don't fall foul of the health & safety laws. 
  • HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures.
08 August 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (188)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.5

Avoiding squashed tomatoes

Creating a safe work environment

access platformWhilst farmers are well adept at growing, picking, processing and packing their fruit and vegetables, ready for delivery, when it comes to making a work site safe, they need assistance. Action Handling have lots of experience with this industry and we were glad to be able to help a Kent based grower.

25 July 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (172)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

How your fork lift truck can help with maintenance and repairs

A money saving tip!

access platformTraditionally we always associate that the work of a fork lift truck or stacker truck is confined to lifting palletised loads on and off from delivery vehicles on to pallet racking or direct to the shop floor. Whilst it is true that this is their primary function, we at Action Handling Equipment encourage customers to view their lifting trucks as a much more versatile tool than just that.

18 July 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (219)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

ActionPost July 2018

Making the most of the summer?

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How to use the shutdown period to your advantage. Many UK businesses have shutdown periods throughout the summer months. This can be an ideal time to closely consider your premises and site facilities. Upgrading your existing factory, warehouse or offices by introducing more efficient equipment can pay dividends when your site returns to full working capacity.

02 July 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (195)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

ActionPost June 2018

Peace of mind

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As we are sure you already know the law has changed. New General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect on May 25th 2018. You are either an existing customer of ours or a potential customer who has previously signed up to our newsletters, so we would like to take this opportunity to assure you that we take your data and contact details very seriously. For that purpose we have updated our systems and privacy policy to comply with all current legislation and we would like to confirm to all our customers that you can be confident in our handling of your data.

02 July 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (129)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Keeping things rolling at assembly plant

"We are so pleased we picked Action handling"

JCBAs we celebrate the England football team reaching the knockout stages of the world cup in Russia, we realise it’s a combination of planning, hard work and teamwork that gets results. It’s the same principle we used at our latest project for the iconic JCB, equipment suppliers for construction, agriculture, waste handling and demolition equipment. They produce over 300 types of machines, including diggers, excavators, tractors and diesel engines. JCB have 22 factories across Asia, Europe, North America and South America; with products sold in over 150 countries.

02 July 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (406)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.9

The law has changed and we have updated our privacy policy

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As you will be aware, the law has changed and we should all be working towards the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into effect on 25th May 2018.

01 June 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (284)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

ActionPost May 2018

Servicing handling & lifting equipment

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In accordance with HSE (9) all lifting equipment supplied must have a minimum of one service per annum. So protect your investments, keep your workers safe and your business compliant!

30 May 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (198)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

ActionPost April 2018

Our New 2018/2019 Catalogue

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Feast your eyes on our brand new catalogue. Your go to place for all the industrial handling equipment you could ever need. You can also view all of our new products that have been added this year. You will not be disappointed.

29 April 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (196)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

ActionPost March 2018

Combi Self Tipping Skips

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The perfect waste management solution, providing a very cost effective means for transporting and disposing of waste, recyclables, and materials. They are essential for production areas, storage areas, construction, agriculture and waste management.

22 March 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (233)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

How industrial premises can play their part in lowering carbon emissions in 2018 and beyond

Doing your bit for a cleaner planet

environment protectionThrough the Climate Change Act, the UK government has committed to reducing emissions by 80% of the levels they were in 1990, by the year 2050. In order for this target to be achieved, businesses and industry are being encouraged to replace high-carbon investments with greener alternatives when the opportunity arises. We have compiled some ways in which some factories, warehouses and other industrial workplaces can make positive and greener changes, which not only help with lowering carbon emissions but also help save money long-term.

07 March 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (317)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

ActionPost February 2018

All the gear ... and the idea!

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A newbie in the making - back in September 2017 Jonathan Ball attended a site visit requested by one of our loyal customers. They wanted us to create a new trolley to help with improving their picking system. This started with an order coming to the operator via a phone headset, picking the goods from the conveyor system, then allocating the order box before transferring it to a trolley.

22 February 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (332)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

ActionPost January 2018

Full steam ahead into the new year

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You may have had to ease yourself into January this year but not us. We have been full steam ahead. We've got stuck right in with yet more bespoke items for our customers.

31 January 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (336)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

ActionPost December 2017

Action head up a building project

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Adding another string to our bow
We were recently invited to offer a proposal for a building project in Harlow, Essex, by a long-standing customer that was experiencing difficulty in finding a professional and reliable building contractor to undertake the work.

18 December 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (332)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

New Office Complex for Nationwide Carpet Retailer

Adding another string to our bow

building projectWe were recently invited to offer a proposal for a building project in Harlow, Essex, by a long-standing customer that was experiencing difficulty in finding a professional and reliable building contractor to undertake the work. Although we have always been materials handling equipment specialists, we knew, having worked closely with the Building Industry for many years, that we would have enough knowledge and contacts within our network to provide a suitable and satisfactory completion of works.

13 December 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (454)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

ActionPost November 2017

It's getting chilly!

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The British Weather
One thing we have to be prepared for working in the UK is the weather!
One day it can be hot, next day freezing, windy, rainy, snowy ... you name it we could probably have it all in one day. So why not have all the equipment needed to prepare you for the crazy weather conditions. Better to be safe than sorry!

30 November 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (281)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Action Handling’s top tips on preparing your warehouse for winter

... make a plan of action and execute it!


reduced temperatures at workWe all know that there is more to dealing with inclement weather at work than just whacking the heating on; but did you know that, according to the HSE, occurrences of accidents at work statistically increase in the colder months.

23 November 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (526)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

ActionPost October 2017

Cheap, Convenient and Manageable

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In some workplaces, having an open doorway is vital for machinery and deliveries to pass in and out during the working day. In doing so, you should not need to lose heat, privacy or increase noise pollution. This is where PVC strip curtains are a great choice to secure a doorway.

25 October 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (383)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Five common workplace injuries

... and how to avoid them


work injuriesFigures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that an estimated 4.5 million working days were lost in the UK in 2015/16 due to self-reported workplace injuries. Whilst the general trend is that the number of reported injuries occurring at work is reducing over time, the HSE also note that due to the widespread underreporting of incidents, those figures are likely to be considerably higher in reality.

18 October 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (645)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.1

ActionPost September 2017

Boys and their toys!

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Our Sales Manager Jonathan Ball has been having some fun on-site this month. As much as we'd like to believe, it's not all fun and games. Once the initial induction, observing the machines, selfie taking and adrenaline wears off, it's digging (pun intended) right down to business. Our customer knows what obstacles they needed to over come and it was down to Jon to provide all the solutions. And this is indeed what he has done.

22 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (427)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

Keeping an organised storeroom

Help increase productivity


tidy storageWe all know that it doesn’t take much for an organised and tidy stockroom to quickly become a mess. When things get busy, it’s sometimes easier to cut corners and go back later – however, leaving stock, empty cardboard boxes, packaging and numerous other items lying around can seriously impact on the efficiency and safety of your storage area.

14 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (294)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

The great industrial cross-over

Industrial chic in the office


industrial lookStandard office furniture is designed to complement modern office spaces, all clean lines and smooth finishes, easy to clean and maintain. However, have you considered thinking outside the square and bringing a touch of industrial interior design into your commercial business space?

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (317)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

Creating a productive workplace

Keeping it tidy


organised storageWhen running a business, productivity is a key part of management, with teams always looking for ways to improve. However, recent studies have shown that an organised workplace can assist productivity – and when you think about it, it makes sense.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (309)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Personal safety and responsibility

Taking charge


safety equipmentWe've written a few posts discussing employer obligations when it comes to providing a safe workplace for employees. Sufficient training and supervision, equipment suited to the task at hand and implementation of procedures are all part of the process. In the end, however, it comes down to the individual employee to work responsibly, employ correct equipment and act in a safe manner at work.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (335)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

An organised workspace

Keeping employees happy


workplace storageWe’ve written previously about the positive effects of having an organised workplace and how effective storage can contribute to productivity. Employee well-being is becoming more of a focus for many companies, with fluid employment markets and increased opportunities meaning businesses need to do more to attract and retain the best employees for the job.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (327)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

The benefits of investing in equipment

Trucks and trolleys


hire or buyAs your business grows, chances are your equipment requirements will grow with it, requiring investment in larger items to meet your needs. Sometimes it can seem easier to hire equipment in the short term, but it may be better in the long term, to invest in your ongoing growth by purchasing rather than hiring.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (362)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Today's office space

Keeping employees happy


office chairOffice space has changed a great deal over the past few decades. Gone are the rows of carbon-copy desks and enclosed offices for a chosen few – now open plan layouts, fresh air, central meeting spaces and clean design are the hallmarks of a modern office. Studies conducted over the past few years have found that environment can play a big part in employee satisfaction and well being, leading to improved productivity.

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (361)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.0

Think before you buy

Consider the environment


green goodsEco-friendly, sustainable, recycled - none of these are new terms in the modern business world. For many years now, companies have been looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint, use resources to their best advantage and recycle whenever possible. It makes good sense for the planet and also financially, with savings to be found in streamlining practices, utilities and materials so we only use what we need.

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (358)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Industrial shelving

Choosing the right type for your needs


shelves for storageThere is an extremely wide selection of office and industrial shelving that contains designs to suit all environments. Whether you are outfitting a home-office, storeroom, warehouse or industrial plant, units nowadays are quoted as being fast delivery items and very easy to install. 

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (421)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Steel handling racks

For safe storage solutions

strong shelvingWe've written previously about workplace storage, and how an efficient, well-organised system can boost productivity as well as improve your work environment. Now let's delve a little deeper. Providing correct storage for each item is part of safe materials handling, which is where our range of steel handling racks come into play.

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (331)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

Organisation

The key to success

Longspan shelvingBusiness coaches, entrepreneurs and lifestyle gurus all tout the benefits of organisation when it comes to doing business effectively and achieving your goals. Increased productivity, employee well being and a sense of being able to get things done can all be achieved simply by making sure your workplace is well organised - surprising, isn't it?

11 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (382)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Uplifting

Forklift truck attachments

Forklift truck attachmentsForklift trucks are an indispensible piece of equipment for many in the materials handling industry. Traditionally used for lifting and stacking, they can also be customised by adding attachments, adding to their versatility within your business.

11 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (385)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.0

Drum Beat

Storage drum uses

drum lifting equipmentSteel drum barrels have been in use for many years to store and transport various items. They've also been used in less orthodox circumstances, such as musical instruments native to Trinidad and Tobago, urban bonfire pits and even by several daredevils who decided to tackle Niagara Falls inside steel drums of varying shapes and sizes. One bright spark even enclosed his drum in inner tubes (amazingly, he survived).

11 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (374)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

Working at height with personnel access platforms

Easy, safe operation for just one operative

two operatives at a timeDo you know that there are Egyptian tombs and Mesolithic sites with symbolic representations showing that ladders were being used around the world some 10,000 years ago according to the most recent archaeological evidence! I reckon I might have one of these ladders in my garden shed but then that’s another story altogether!

07 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (415)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

Keeping the right side of the law

Lifting and lowering equipment safety

servicing lifting equipmentAccording to LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations), a lifting operation is defined as 'an operation concerned with the lifting or lowering of a load'. The load can be any item, including people, and the equipment used to undertake this operation is defined as 'lifting equipment'.

07 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (337)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Mesh partition cages and steel shelving installation

Inefficient goods areas have enormous storage potential

park operative's storageAction Handling was recently invited to offer a proposal against a tender opportunity for one of the London Borough Councils. The opportunity was to improve the storage possibilities of the stores areas within local parks.

04 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (385)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.7

ActionPost August 2017

A is for Action Handling, B is for Bespoke!

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Do you remember the sample trolley we made for a customer in our previous newsletter?! Made to transport helium bottles in a card shop with ease. Well look at them now. The final product. Custom made, added straps, wrapped to perfection and ready to despatch.

30 August 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (441)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Laptop storage lockers

How to keep laptops safe and charged

laptop storage lockerThankfully, the days of computers the size of a microwave oven and file servers requiring their own ‘computer room’ are long gone. You may not love modern technology but IT is one of those industries that evolves at breathtaking speed as it tries to satisfy our desire for computers to be both smaller and faster.

30 August 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (335)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

ActionPost July 2017

Shutdown - Friendly Reminder

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A 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. 

27 July 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (411)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

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 (515)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

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 (554)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

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 (712)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4

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 (476)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

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 (633)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

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 (588)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

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 (488)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

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 (762)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

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 (659)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

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 (484)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

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 (444)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

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 (440)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

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 (418)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

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 (528)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (509)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

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 (526)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

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 (504)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

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 (549)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (588)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (478)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (525)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (482)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (488)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (442)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (756)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

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 (531)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

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 (473)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

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 (552)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (480)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (451)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

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 (484)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (812)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (458)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (443)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (446)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (491)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.0

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 (602)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (516)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

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 (514)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

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 (442)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (525)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

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 (574)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

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 (600)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

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 (591)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.0

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 (851)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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 (367)/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 (621)/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 (409)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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