Working outside in winter? Consider a different type of pallet truck

Working inside or even outside in the warmer, summer months can feel like a dream. No adverse weather conditions to factor in and an almost streamlined process means it can be all too easy to forget about the impacts the weather can have on equipment and processes.

Bad weather, such as severely cold temperatures, snow, ice and even torrential rain can play havoc with procedures when working outside or in partly sheltered warehouses, sometimes causing businesses to shut down completely due to unsafe working conditions or them simply not being able to get the work completed. Pallet Truck Shop, one of the country’s finest providers of pallet trucks, aerial work platforms and accessories, has underlined the importance of investing in correct equipment in order to ensure work can carry on – no matter what the weather has in store.

Phil Chesworth, Managing Director at Pallet Truck Shop, said, “The British weather is notoriously unreliable, but that doesn’t mean that equipment has to be too. Thinking ahead and investing in the correct equipment before the weather turns can really make a difference and ensure production doesn’t stop.”

Galvanised and stainless steel pallet trucks are two of the best investments when it comes to dealing with hostile weather conditions thanks to their tough nature and resistance to rust and corrosion. This means that not only can they cope with everything the Great British weather can throw at it, but it will also remain fully operational.

Galvanised equipment is where a zinc coating is applied to conventional steel to prevent corrosion. As stainless steel is one of the most robust metals when it comes to corrosion because of its water-resistant properties, both of these types of trucks are ideal for use outside, as well as other areas where environment is not able to be controlled.

Rough terrain trucks are also an ideal addition to fleets in the winter months thanks to their tough nature. They have been designed to travel over ground where ordinary pallet trucks have difficulty so are common sights in builders’ yards and any sites that offer rough ground. Perfect additions to workforces that operate outside, their heavy-duty tyres make them perfect for moving goods over slippery and uneven surfaces.

Phil, adds, “Now is the time for businesses to start thinking about what the winter weather may hold. Leaving it to the last minute can cause significant losses in production should the weather suddenly change. And in this increasingly competitive marketplace, that is the last thing any business needs.”

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