10 reasons why a Mezzanine Goods Lift is better than a Forklift
Mezzanine floors are a great way to maximise use of existing space, but what is the best way of lifting goods from one mezzanine floor to another avoiding manual handling up and down stairs and the accompanying risk of injury?
Forklift or Goods Lift?
- Poor safety record of forklifts. The use of a forklift to lift can impose an increased risk of accident if the item were to fall from the forklift when raised at height. The Fork Lift Truck Association (2016) reported that forklift trucks were involved in over 800 accidents in the UK in 2015.Items lifted in a goods lift are secure and safe with no risk of any items falling, causing injury to workers or damage to the goods.
- Built-in safety features. Our goods lifts have a number of built-in safety features including interlocked gates that prevent opening when the lift is not in the correct place, push to run controls and emergency stop buttons, manual emergency lowering and overload sensor.
- Packaging/palletising. Loads do not need to be palletised or packed ready for safe lifting for a goods lift, as required when using a forklift, saving time, effort and packaging costs.
- Space. More space is required to manoeuvre a forklift to lift goods from one floor to another. Mezzanine goods lifts occupy a very small footprint and our MezzLite goods lift can be installed within 1 or 2 days.
- Loss of productivity. The forklift may be in use for other applications when lifting between mezzanine floors is required, leaving staff waiting and a loss of productivity while a vehicle and qualified driver are found.
- Training. The familiarisation training required for the operation of a goods lift can be easily carried out by the supplier, as opposed to expensive and time-consuming fork lift driver training and licencing.
- Lower lifetime cost. Forklifts are a more expensive option in the long term, many regulatory checks due to their poor safety record. In addition, the costs of driver qualification are ongoing. Maintenance costs of a mezzanine goods lift are minimal and frequently confined to a yearly service to ensure compliance with LOLER and PUWER regulations.
- Bespoke lifts available. Goods lifts can be supplied custom-built to suit the customer’s individual application. For instance, if rollers are required to be able to slide boxes on and off the lift, these can be added, or if the lift needs to stop at waist height to allow the operator to more easily transfer the goods, this can easily be programmed in.
- Existing workload. If the requirement is frequent, and the company already has a forklift for existing operations, the vehicle will be stopped from carrying out its existing workload, causing further delay and further loss of productivity.
- One-stop service. The supply of a mezzanine goods lift from Advanced Handling is a one-stop job. For instance, we supply CE marked lifts, fully compliant with UK regulations, built to fit seamlessly into your individual application. We carry out installation, advise on health and safety regulations, and offer ongoing maintenance and servicing. The full solution.