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To serve and maintain

Author: Sharon Ensbury/05 February 2015/Categories: WORKPLACE ADVICE, Maintenance

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When it comes to big-ticket items, it can sometimes feel as though hiring equipment is a more cost effective solution than purchasing your own. However, at Action Handling we believe that investing in your business equipment comes with a whole range of benefits.

Of course, one benefit of owning your own equipment is that it’s readily available whenever you need it. Plus, being aware of the full service history allows for confidence in employee safety. But whether you hire or purchase equipment, you are responsible for storage and maintenance while it’s in your possession, as well as (in the case of hire equipment) ensuring it’s returned clean and in original condition.

When it comes to owning your own equipment, it’s important to look at proper servicing and maintenance procedures. There are several reasons for doing so.

  1. It makes sense. You’ve just laid out a large sum of money for a piece of equipment, so keeping it in top working order is the smart thing to do.
  2. Longer life. Regular maintenance and repair can extend the life of your product, getting you even more value from your initial investment.
  3. It’s the law. PUWER regulations require that business equipment be regularly serviced, and you may be asked to provide a record to prove this is the case. Setting up a regular maintenance contract is an easy way to keep your company compliant.

The dedicated service and maintenance department at Action Handling are able to assist with everything from minor repairs to a complete overhaul. Our teams can attend sites throughout most of the UK and have experience working with materials handling and hydraulic lifting equipment. Whether you need a standard repair or would like to set up a short- or long-term service contract, we have a solution for you.

We also maintain hand pallet trucks and offer three levels of service (Gold, Silver and Bronze), all performed by fully qualified engineers. Our Thorough Examination service, also required by law in the UK, is the equivalent of an MOT for your lift truck and should take place at regular intervals to comply with current regulations, regardless of how often the vehicle is serviced.


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