Last Mile Delivery FAQ

by OMS Admin

The last mile delivery solution is the most critical element of the eCommerce supply chain. Customers might expect this to be free, which might be a person or a business, and they certainly expect it to be fast.

These delivery companies need to be competitive and meet consumer demand while simultaneously cutting costs and improving efficiency. Beating these challenges means having a competitive edge over other last mile logistics providers. Failing these challenges means poor customer satisfaction or higher costs, which means logistics companies cannot afford to disappoint.

Your commonly Asked Questions Answered

Here we take a look at your commonly asked questions, giving you the answers you have been looking for.

What Is Last Mile Delivery?

Last mile delivery is the last leg of the journey, which could be a mile or fifty miles. The parcel or package leaves the transportation hub and is moved to the final destination, typically a retail store or a personal residence. This is a critical step that will make or break the consumer’s impression of the business they have ordered from.

What Are The Stages Involved?

The final mile delivery typically involves five steps:

  • The parcel is entered into a centralised digital system and given a tracking number, which is monitored by the sender and recipient
  • The package arrives at the transportation hub
  • The order is assigned for delivery based on the final address
  • The parcels are scanned as they are loaded onto the last mile delivery vehicles
  • The package is delivered and verified

What Are The Challenges Of Last Mile Delivery?

Two challenges of last mile delivery include:

  1. Route optimisation – This is a challenge and can result in higher fuel costs, which in turn means more exhaust pollution
  2. Same-day or next-day delivery – This is increasingly expected and requires end-to-end cooperation between the sender, logistics company, and the customer, who may not be at the delivery location, wasting time and fuel.

What Are The Solutions To These Challenges?

Every challenge has a solution, and in this case, there are two that will enable logistics companies to increase their profitability, lower fuel costs, and reduce pollution to maintain good air quality:

Delivery software – Technology is an integral part of planning and reacting. The software can optimise route planning, considering many factors such as truck capacity, traffic and congestion, and location. Also, offering the customer real-time status and visibility can be the difference of the customer being at the delivery location or not.
Electric last mile delivery truck – These utility vehicles are ideal for urban environments, creating zero emissions and running almost silently. They are highly manoeuvrable, which is a significant consideration for operating within town centres with narrow streets. Battery technology has moved on significantly, and electric last mile delivery vehicles have a range of up to 120 miles, with a load capacity of up to 1,450kg and a towing capacity of up to 4,000kg.

For more information on last mile delivery solutions, please contact the team at ePowerTrucks.

How Electric Hospital Equipment Is Helping Ease The Burden

by OMS Admin

Electric hospital equipment is fundamental to the operations of busy healthcare facilities. As more recognition is placed on staff and patients’ wellbeing and the demands to be ever more efficient grow, it makes excellent sense to invest in electric hospital equipment.

There is intense pressure on wards in hospitals across the UK, and this is felt by the people who work on them, including nursing staff and hospital porters.

Hospital porters are constantly in motion, day-in/day-out, and need to keep pace with demands, even when they surge skywards. Likewise, nurses have more patients under their care as patient numbers swell, which creates a scenario where they spend less time treating patients.

Electric hospital equipment can help staff keep pace, improve efficiency, and avoid bottlenecks in healthcare facilities. With access to the right tools, it is possible to prevent physical lifting injuries and general physical strain involved with either lifting single heavy loads or repetitively moving loads over long shifts.

Electric Equipment is used in Hospitals Every Day

By leveraging electric hospital equipment daily, NHS and private hospitals reduce the number of staff required to move beds, patients, and medical equipment.

Lifting and shifting electric hospital equipment brings oxygen canisters and other medical supplies onto wards right when they are needed. Trolleys of waste or laundry are seamlessly whisked away, and beds efficiently move between wards and operating theatres.

Our Range of Hospital Equipment

Our range of hospital equipment provides a cost-effective approach to streamlining processes and reducing the pressure on staff. Suitable for small and large hospital sites, our electric bed movers and electric burden carriers make an instant difference because they can be used by anyone and do not require an operator’s licence.

Our electric hospital equipment includes the EP Bed Mover, which transforms the process of moving beds around the hospital. Helping prevent work-related injuries, this device easily connects to beds and trolleys, capturing the castors and driving the bed to wherever the hospital porter needs it to go. 

The MC-360 and MC-660 Multi-Passenger Burden Carriers move heavy loads over long distances and are a favourite with maintenance departments. Within hospital grounds, the Glutton Electric Vacuum allows cleaning attendants to throw away the sweeping brush in favour of a much more modern and efficient solution.

The Jobmaster Pedestrian Electric Tug and EP 500 Electric Platform Trucks provide a reliable solution for porters to move loads of up to 1,500kg around the facility. Where extreme moving power is demanded, the E-242 HD, MT-250, and MT-290 Tow Tractors tackle any towing load of up to 7,250kg.

Aside from preventing injuries and streamlining processes, there are many other benefits to choosing our electric hospital equipment. Powered by electricity, all vehicles and moving equipment are almost silent, so it does not disrupt patients’ recovery. There are no exhaust fumes or gases, so air quality is maintained, helping patients breathe easy.

For more information on how our range of electric hospital equipment can ease healthcare establishments’ burdens, please contact our team.

Are Road Sweepers Hygienic?

by OMS Admin

If you venture out onto the roads or city centre streets in the early hours of the morning, then you are sure to come across road sweepers regularly. Road sweepers are used across the UK to clear urban areas of debris, dust, and dirt that collect on road surfaces and pavements.

The newest road sweepers release no dust behind the vehicle, offering a hygienic solution that protects workers’ and residents’ health. An electric street sweeper doubles down on the environmental benefits by emitting no exhaust fumes or carbon dioxide.

How They Work

Most road sweepers use spinning brushes to remove debris and cylindrical brushes or suction nozzles to collect waste, which is stored in the storage hopper. Suction nozzles are the preferred option when dust and contamination may be a concern.

Many models use water jets to reduce the quantity of dust that might otherwise be thrown into the air, lowering air quality and potentially causing health and breathing problems. Where hazardous materials or dust is to be removed, suction sweepers can compress the material using water or air.

Road sweepers can also be fitted with mulching fans to handle lightweight bottles and cans, compacting them to maximise storage capacity and reduce the number of emptying trips. 

Our Electric Sweepers

Our range consists of the Glutton Zen sweeper. The Glutton Zen is a road-legal electric sweeper that is suitable for use by local authorities, private roadway owners, and commercial businesses who need to maintain their own access roads.

This compact model offers many benefits, not least allowing traffic to pass by more freely, reducing traffic congestion. With zero CO2 emissions and a 100% electric motor, the Glutton Zen presents a revolutionary solution that fulfills the environmental standards expected by today’s society.

The electric motor and battery technology in the electric road sweepers require no maintenance, making them the ideal solution for companies without automotive maintenance staff. 

When cleaning and sweeping takes place during unsociable hours, the silent running nature of electric sweepers is welcomed. Furthermore, silence is an excellent benefit on sites of healing and recovery, such as hospital grounds and care homes.

The driver of the Glutton Zen will appreciate how easy the vehicle is to handle along narrow roads and pathways. The compact design and a small turning circle let the vehicle navigate and access areas where other sweepers simply could not go.

Whether it is dead leaves, cigarette butts, discarded leaflets, chemical powders, food waste, or oil, the powerful suction and long battery life ensure the job gets done to the highest standard.

If you would like to find out more about our range of electric road sweepers and street sweepers, please contact our team of professionals.

What Is Last-Mile Delivery

by OMS Admin

The last-mile delivery is the last stage of moving goods or people to their final destination. This leg of the journey is something that warehouses and factories often have a significant need for, taking goods from the back of a lorry into the facility.

Local delivery companies have a similar need, and the demand to get goods to customers is growing due to the strength and increasing popularity of eCommerce and online shopping. The last mile of the journey here often takes place across the narrow streets of small towns and historic town centres.

Last-mile delivery vehicles work where larger vehicles cannot, due to space restrictions, pedestrian zones, or where petrol or diesel-powered vehicles are undesirable, such as inside a warehouse or manufacturing plant. They provide a quick and reliable solution to many logistic problems and excel in any environment with a high stop-start delivery nature.

The ‘Final Mile’

The final mile can contribute significantly to delivery and transportation costs. These costs create a need for an efficient last-mile delivery solution, and the electric utility vehicle is filling this need.

Electric utility vehicles are quiet and produce no emissions. They can be recharged between shifts or downtime, and they are always ready to meet fluctuating demands. Adept at near-instantly focusing on new priorities, these last-mile delivery vehicles are poised to help your business save operational costs.

Electric Utility Vehicles

ePowerTrucks offers an excellent range of road legal electric utility vehicles that are compact and agile. These models provide the perfect solution for transporting people and goods around urban environments with greater ease and convenience.

Our range of light work last-mile delivery vehicles includes:

  • X-CELL – These electric utility carts have a top speed of 25mph and a range of 50 miles. The cart has a 500kg payload capacity.
  • X-CELL+ – Travelling at up to 50mph with a range of 75 miles, this model has a 500kg payload capacity.
  • X-CELL Pro+ – A top speed of 50mph meets an unrivalled range of 120 miles while carrying a payload of up to 500kg.
  • EP AMP XL – A compact utility vehicle for light work and general transport.

Our range of heavy-duty last-mile delivery trucks includes:

  • ATX 310E – A sturdy, compact, flexible, and extremely agile model with a 620kg load capacity and a 2,000kg towing capacity.
  • ATX 320E – This is anN1 European road homologated vehicle with a 635kg load capacity and a 2,000kg towing capacity.
  • ATX 340E – This model is designed for tough conditions with robustness, high power levels, a load capacity of 1,620kg, and a towing capacity of 4,500kg.
  • ATX 340ED – This last mile delivery truck has a double cab for transporting work teams and materials together. The vehicle has a 1,450kg load capacity and a towing capacity of 4,000kg.

For further assistance in choosing the right electric last mile delivery for your needs, please contact our expert team.

Refresh Your Workers With New Training

by OMS Admin

The use of electric vehicles in business premises and worksites is quickly growing as their convenience becomes recognised and businesses put a focus on reducing their carbon emissions. In use in a diverse range of industries, including warehouses, hospitals, universities, airports, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals, it is highly advantageous for your workers and operators to be given the opportunity to attend electric vehicle training courses.

An electric vehicle training course will help your team improve their skills, safety, and performance. From the basic knowledge of manoeuvering, loading, and navigating to advanced operator skills, refresher courses, and instruction on how to use new vehicles added to your fleet, successful businesses always make safety their top priority.

Your employees need to understand the limits of the equipment they use and what it can and cannot be used for to prevent misuse and downtime if the vehicles are damaged. Whether it is platform trucks, bed movers, or ATEX explosion-proof vehicles, electric vehicle training courses will help prevent accidents that might cause injury to your workforce, clients, and visitors, or expensive damage to your products and premises.

Comprehensive Electric Vehicle Training Programs

ePowerTrucks offers comprehensive electric vehicle training courses for all of the vehicles we supply. While your operators do not need a driving licence to use certain vehicles and equipment, they will need training in the skills needed to use and operate various vehicles safely.

We can customise your training to meet your business’s needs, incorporating educational elements such as the basic observational checks to carry out before use. Your team will get valuable hands-on experience in a safe and controlled manner, closely watched by the trainer. We can help your workers build their confidence, learn how to avoid hazards, plan clear pathways, and lift and move safely.

We also provide training on electric vehicle health and safety issues, rules, regulations, and processes associated with owning electric vehicles. Our electric vehicle training courses offer expert advice on charging, hazard management, electric vehicle technology, control systems, and motors. 

Our electric vehicle training courses can take the shape of onsite group training programmes, one-on-one employee training, and train the trainer sessions. At the end of the course, attendees receive a certificate of completion to show their commitment to a safe working environment.

You Can Trust EPowerTrucks To Deliver The Training You Need

There are no formal entry requirements for attending one of our electric vehicle training courses, so even your newest employee can learn the skills they need on day one. A highly experienced trainer runs each course. Our Expert trainers have committed themselves to a career in electric vehicles.

Since we were established in 2000, ePowerTrucks has supplied electric vehicles to SMEs through to large corporations such as BP, Heathrow Airport, the NHS, and Glaxo Smith Kline, to name just a few. If you are looking to maximise safety and efficiency, it pays to learn from the best in the industry.

What Are Explosion Proof Electric Vehicles

by OMS Admin

Explosion-proof vehicles are designed for use in the most demanding conditions and hazardous environments. They avoid ignition risks in the surrounding atmosphere, making them an essential item of oil and gas equipment at gas and oil processing plants. They are also used in chemical plants, tunnel construction, and mining.

Whether it is for maintenance, logistics, firefighting, first aid, or surveillance, explosion-proof vehicles are designed to prevent sparks, keeping your workforce safe.

How Do They Work?

Explosion-proof vehicles are built using specially certified components made to strict safety standards. They are rated for their intended work environment, including zones 1 and 2, where potentially explosive atmospheres contain flammable vapours and gases, and zones 21 and 22, where flammable powders are in use.

ATEX electric vehicles are rated for ATEX M2 subsoil environments. IP4X and IP5X certified explosion-proof vehicles are designed for use in the presence of explosive materials such as fireworks and ammunition products.

The explosion-proof vehicles contain many specialised components, such as disks and brake drums with temperature and wear sensors. Seats can be covered with anti-static material, and external surfaces can be covered with electroconductive paint.

Air-conditioning systems are designed to work in extreme high-temperature environments of up to 55C, with heating and cooling provided through explosion-proof systems. They are as adept in the desert as they are in a frozen wasteland with AC motors that produce gradual power distribution and high torque for driving on low-grip surfaces such as ice and sand. Uphill standing starts are no problem for this category of electric vehicles.

Alkè Explosion-Proof Electric Vehicles

Designed, tested, and manufactured in Italy, Alkè explosion-proof electric vehicles are made using high-grade components from Europe and North America to guarantee top-quality and safety. Special safe-design of the electrical system and parts that could generate high temperatures or sparks is needed. This safe design includes sensors, control units, connectors, batteries, brakes, and mechanical parts, which automatically shut down before any overheating risk.

Our range of explosion-proof vehicles are created according to ATEX 2014/34/EU and include:

  • ATX 340EX: This model has a load capacity of 1,205kg and a towing capacity of 4,500kg. These explosion-proof vehicles have a range of 90km.
  • ATX 340EDX: This model has a twin cab, accommodating up to four people. Two further seats can be added to the loading area with optional rear seat kits.

These models cater to different needs with various configurations and fittings, such as mobile crane fixtures. The chassis is built using a stress-resistant steel tube that is treated with an anti-corrosion cataphoresis process.

For zone 1 and 21, the vehicles use Ex-d battery connectors, Ex-e type batteries, and have an earth leakage check system. For zone 2 and 22, batteries and connectors meet the EN 60079-15 standard.

For assistance choosing, category 2 and 3 surface activity electric vehicles and category M2 underground activity vehicles, contact our team today.

Are Your Business Health & Safety Practices Up To Date?

by OMS Admin

You know that you must comply with workplace health & safety, yet many business owners and SMEs find this challenging, while new businesses can feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin. Business health & safety laws and regulations change frequently, so it can be difficult to stay on top of things. It can take a lot of time and hassle, and regulations and the law can be complex and hard to understand.

The risks of not following the correct practices are too high to ignore. The consequences could include bad publicity, lawsuits, compensation, fines, prosecution, or even business closure.

So, how can you keep up to date with business health & safety for your industry or sector?

Guidelines & Regulations

To keep on top of business health & safety, we have five tips that any company can introduce:

  1. Visit the Health and Safety Executive website: On the HSE website, you will find business health & safety guidelines, broken down into sections that make the regulations easier to digest. You will find the basics for your business, details on conducting risk assessments, how to manage incidents, guidance on moving hazardous substances, and site and equipment safety.
  1. Subscribe to industry podcasts and newsletter: Newsletters are great at informing you of what changes lie just around the corner. Podcasts with expert guests discuss issues, breakdown policies into specific topics, and you can listen to them on the fly or while you are completing other tasks.
  1. Regularly review your corporate health & safety policy: You should schedule regular annual reviews as well as review whenever your business undergoes major changes. These changes might be introducing new positions, workspace redesigns, and work procedure changes.
  1. Speak to your employees: Your employees are a great resource for understanding where you are and what issues your workforce is experiencing or concerned about. Your legal obligations also cover mental health, so this is something to keep in mind when you speak to your staff.
  1. Attend industry events: Face-to-face tradeshows and conferences may be off the cards for many due to the current epidemic, but webinars and virtual conferences can fill this gap and give you access to industry knowledge.

Health & Safety Equipment

Health and safety equipment includes the PPE your workforce wears and the equipment they use. Both play a crucial role in keeping your workers safe.

Certain pieces of equipment are vital for helping your workers avoid physical injury and follow safe working distancing rules to tackle COVID-19. Moving goods and picking parts using burden carriers, tow tractors, pedestrian platform trucks, and electric utility vehicles is an excellent way to tackle both aspects. One person can move larger loads without physical strain while simultaneously reducing the number of close contact instances with other workers.

To ensure you are following business health & safety to prevent the spread of viruses, you can limit the number of workers using shared equipment and introduce cleaning and disinfecting procedures of the equipment after each use.

The Increased Demand on Warehouses is Expected to Continue In 2021

by OMS Admin

Warehouse work continues to see demand increases, and there are no signs of this slowing down in 2021. As non-essential retail businesses are closed in another national lockdown, people again turn to online shopping, which means more warehouse work, especially in small orders dispatched directly to consumers.

As lockdowns become less of a shock, panic buying in shops will play less of a factor, and demand will increase in warehouses supplying essential household items and food. Many pharmaceuticals, grocery, and e-commerce sectors are experiencing high demand, increasing their warehouse throughput and the need for space.

Businesses whose products are in less demand have pivoted to manufacturing different products, such as hand sanitiser, face coverings, PPE, and ventilators, making dips in production less likely.

How Warehouse Staff are Staying Safe

After an initial shock and rapid response to safe working guidelines and distancing practices in 2020, warehouse work is much safer in 2021.

Warehouse staff are staying safe by:

  • Increasing their handwashing and surface cleaning frequency
  • Avoiding close contact during warehouse work with coworkers, customers, and truck drivers
  • Working with screens where social distancing of two metres is not possible
  • Reducing their use of shared warehouse equipment and workstations
  • Working in fixed teams to reduce their contact with the wider workforce
  • Wearing PPE and avoiding touching their face, nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Introducing new shift patterns to stagger arrival and departure times
  • Introducing one way systems and restricting access to shared spaces
  • Abstaining from work if they are sick
  • Boosting efficiency by using electric vehicle warehouse equipment such as burden carriers, platform trucks, and tow tugs

How Long will the Demand on Warehouses Last?

The demand for warehouse work will likely continue to be high during 2021 and beyond, even if the pandemic is brought under control and vaccines are effective. During non-essential shop closures, warehouses will become storage hubs for non-food retailers who cannot move their stock.

As businesses respond and consumers become accustomed to online shopping, this purchasing route could become the new norm and continue even after lockdowns and restrictions are eased. This means that retailers who have created e-commerce stores to counter temporary shop closures will be unlikely to close their online shopping portals, which will play a more significant role in generating income.

Warehouse work is on the rise and offers a bright future for the distribution sector and those who work in it.

Are You following Waste Management Process?

by OMS Admin

A waste management process is both important and required under the law. The regulations intend to reduce commercial waste, recycle waste, and safely move or store it to prevent fires, slips, trips, and blocked exits.

Commercial waste is any waste originating from industry, agriculture, demolition, or construction. This could be scrap metal, compostable materials, chemical waste, paper, wood, glass, plastic, or rubber.

Waste management and health & safety are crucial in all businesses, and here we take a look at the processes and guidelines you must follow.

Waste Management Processes & Guidelines

Reducing waste is the first goal that the guidelines for waste management intend to achieve. You must do everything in your power to keep waste to a minimum and follow this three-step process in the following order:

  1. You must first search for ways to prevent waste
  2. If waste cannot be prevented, you must determine if it can be reused
  3. If waste cannot be reused, you must recycle it, if possible

You must also store and sort waste safely. This means using suitable labelled containers, and these should be covered if they are situated outside, to prevent wind blowing the rubbish away and prevent contamination from runoff.

You must fill out a waste transfer note for every load of rubbish that leaves your business premises and keep this for two years. You need to ensure the waste carrier is registered for waste disposal and not allow the waste carrier to illegally dispose of your waste.

Hazardous materials come with stricter waste management policies and procedures.

Waste Management Equipment

Vehicles that help businesses with their waste management are extremely useful in streamlining processes. These vehicles come in many different forms, such as road legal waste tippers, bin tugs, and electric pedestrian trucks with mesh cages for rubbish bags.

Epower Trucks provides several solutions:

  • Electric platform trolleys are ideal for warehouses, waste management plants, factories, and retail units
  • The N1 electric utility vehicle is for inner-city rubbish collection
  • The Glutton Vacuum electric pedestrian range makes light work of collecting general rubbish from streets and pavements 

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

by OMS Admin

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme is the government’s initiative to help decarbonise the UK’s transport systems, achieve zero tailpipe emissions, and reduce air pollution. 
 
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) helps people who want to charge their electric vehicles at home. There is also a version of the scheme for businesses, which we will cover in our report’s final part. 
 
The grant scheme is run by the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OLEV), formerly the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The low emission vehicle models that qualify include full battery vehicles and hybrid vehicles where the CO2 emissions are calculated at less than 50g/km. 

What is the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme? 

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme is a grant that gives a 75% contribution to the cost of one Chargepoint unit and its installation. However, if a family has two qualifying vehicles, they can claim two grants. The grant has a cap of £350. 
 
To be eligible, you must own, lease, or have placed an order for a qualifying vehicle. You must also have a dedicated off-street parking space at your property. 
 
You do not need to apply for the grant yourself. You simply find an EVHS installer, and they will check your eligibility and apply for the grant on your behalf. You will then be issued with a bill from the installer, with your approved grant knocked off the amount you need to pay. 
 
OLEV runs the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant and has committed to approving the grants within 30 working days. 

How This Benefits Your Purchase 

You can benefit from the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme if you purchase a battery-electric or plug-in hybrid electric car, taxis, van, or motorcycle. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme applies to domestic properties, but there is a Workplace Charging Scheme, also governed by OLEV. 
 
The Workplace Charging Scheme makes the same £350 grant available to businesses, public authorities, and charities. However, these entities can install up to 40 charging sockets and receive a grant for each. 
 
Businesses apply through an online application portal and receive a voucher code to give to their installer. The code is usually issued within five working days and is valid for 180 days. 
 
Your home and business can benefit from various grants and schemes. To find out more information or to receive advice on electric vehicles for your business, please contact ePower Trucks.  

How warehouses are staying safe in covid-19

by OMS Admin

Warehouses are an essential part of the supply chain, and a COVID secure warehouse is something all businesses should strive for. It is going to require greater levels of flexibility from employees and employers to tackle the pandemic. 
 
What we know about COVID-19 so far is that workers are at particular risk if they are older or have an underlying medical condition. Spread from person-to-person can occur with close contact of approximately six feet. Sneezes, coughs, or talking can transmit the virus. Warehouse workers need to remember that people can spread the virus even when they display or feel no symptoms. 
 
Warehouses may see an increase in on-demand warehousing solutions and warehouse sharing. Even when workloads increase, some actions can help. You can increase the frequency of surface cleaning, introduce screen barriers, keep close working activities as short as possible, and create more shifts to stagger arrival and departure times. 
 
Introducing one-way flow systems, maintaining a record of all visitors, and ensuring ventilation systems are working effectively all play a crucial role. 

Guidelines & Procedures 

These guidelines and procedures can help your warehouse reduce the R number. 
 
Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth after touching surfaces and objects that may have been touched by another warehouse worker, truck driver, or customer. This might include electric vehicle warehouse equipment such as a burden carrier or pedestrian platform truck. 
 
Stay at home if you feel sick and don’t go back to work until your healthcare provider says it is safe to do so. Inform your supervisor or manager, as well as anyone you live with, or have had close contact with recently. 
 
Maintain a safe distance from coworkers and wear a mask or face-covering in public and when at work, if allowed to do so. Please do not touch your mask while wearing it and avoid touching your face when removing it. Wash your hands before and after you put on or take off your mask and use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Wash your mask after every use or replace it. 

Equipment 

Equipment can play a role in tackling the virus. Workers can move loads on their own with the right equipment and reduce the number of close contact work occasions. However, be careful not to cause other warehouse safety issues. If you wear a mask, make sure it does not block your vision when using warehouse equipment such as tow tractors, utility vehicles, and burden carriers
 
The business could also consider reducing the number of people authorised to use vehicles to lower the risk of touch transmission.  

Our Training Services

by OMS Admin

Knowing how to operate electric vehicles and equipment correctly is essential for keeping your workforce and business visitors safe. As an experienced handling equipment supplier, we know that training is absolutely invaluable.

With electric vehicle training, your team will be able to prevent injuries and avoid causing costly damage to premises, products, and your infrastructure. Whether you are a warehouse and distribution centre, a manufacturing facility, or an underground tunnel maintenance firm, we provide a comprehensive training program on all the electric vehicles you use.

Workers do not need a licence to operate a burden carrier or a multi-passenger vehicle with a tow. However, it makes sense to preempt potential problems, and training is not only good for safety but can improve productivity and efficiency, adding profit to your bottom line.

Electric Vehicle & Equipment Training

We intend to be as helpful as possible in giving your team the skills they need. To ensure minimal disruption and downtime, we can attend your business premises to provide on-site equipment training.

Our training program covers all essential topics related to equipment health & safety for electric vehicle ownership in a business setting. We give hands-on training to help your employees build the working knowledge and operational skills they need. The hands-on approach builds operator confidence and proficiency for lifting, moving, and safely avoiding potential hazards.
 
We further help your workers and business reduce risks by preventing the misuse of equipment and practices that may damage your electric vehicle fleet. Downtime and repairs can be extremely costly, so covering misuse is extremely valuable.

We provide tailored training for waste management vehicles, hospital equipment, pedestrian controlled tugs, tunnel, warehouse, and last-mile delivery vehicles.

Our Training Programs

Our training programs are conducted by highly experienced trainers with knowledge built up over many years. As industry experts, we can customise training to your brief and work to a pre-approved agenda, catering to your industry’s specificities or sector. We cover all health and safety regulations, rules, and processes.

We offer courses for groups, but also one-on-one and in a more specialised train-the-trainer format. At the end of the course, all attendees receive a certificate of completion to demonstrate their commitment to a safe working environment and for further developing their careers.

How to ensure your tunnel workers are safe

by OMS Admin

There are thousands of tunnels in the UK and hundreds of tunnel workers operating in sectors such as gas, oil, utilities, transport, and underground construction. There are similar and industry-specific safety risks, so tunnelling workers must be prepared to encounter a wide range of potential hazards.
 
To ensure your workers can embark safely on tunnelling projects, it is essential to assess the risks, identify the nature of hazards, and determine the likelihood of the risk. You can control many risks by implementing effective control measures. After implementation, you should review control measures to ensure they are working, and staff are following the guidelines you implement.

Safety Training

It is recommended that workers carry out training on tunnelling safety. In the UK, there are two excellent training courses.

TEEP (Tunnel Entry and Emergency Procedures) is a one-day course that is City and Guilds accredited and designed for those working in tunnels and shafts. The course covers a range of tunnelling topics, including using equipment such as respirators and self-rescue tools.

TSTS (Tunnel Safety Training Scheme) is a one day course that is CITB Site Safety Plus accredited. It encompasses safety issues surrounding tunnel entry, construction, operations, plant equipment, and emergency arrangements.

As part of your best practices, you should ensure new workers are aware of general and specific health and safety rules, regulations, and processes. They should be aware of hazards, including fire, oxygen deficiency, and structural collapse.

With an understanding of the underground environment and safe working procedures, workers can be an integral part of preventing illnesses and injuries.

Equipment

ePowerTrucks create custom-built electric vehicles for use in tunnelling environments. The vehicles have solid construction and high performance with models meeting EU directives for category M2 underground activity, inside and not inside coal mines.

Manufactured from the best components from the UK, Europe, and North America, our electric trucks meet the highest safety standards. Our tunnelling vehicles can transport workers up and down the tunnel and have various load and tow capacities.

Tunnel inspection vehicles can be used to conduct essential maintenance and refurbishment work. They are silent, running costs are low, and they produce no fumes or gasses. We also design tunnel vehicles that are explosion-proof and avoid ignition risks in hazardous environments. For hot or cold environments, cabs can be equipped with air-conditioning or heating systems.

From logistics to first aid and surveillance, ePowerTruck has a solution that will help your workers carry out their duties efficiently and safely. Contact us for more information.

How to Safely Transport Dangerous & Hazardous Goods

by OMS Admin

Safety should never be overlooked, and if your business is or intends to undertake the transportation of dangerous goods, then you must know what you are doing. Hazardous and highly-dangerous materials include flammable, explosive, radioactive, or acidic items and include items you might think of as common goods, such as paints, pesticides, and solvents.

Whether the items are being moved by road, rail, inland waterway, or sea, they must be packaged and labelled correctly. Transporting dangerous goods correctly will help your business avoid spillages that might cause injury or damage to the environment. If an incident does occur, you will be armed with the information that emergency services will need.

Legal Guidelines For Moving Dangerous Goods

You must comply with national and international regulations to ensure the safe transportation of dangerous goods. Different classes are used to number packages, ranging from 1 to 9, which defines the substance’s danger. Other guidelines define the qualifications and training that drivers and safety advisors must hold for preparing the transportation of dangerous goods.

The business or person moving dangerous goods is responsible for packaging, classifying, and marking the item to the following UN classes:

  • Class 1 – Explosives
  • Class 2 – Gases
  • Class 3 – Flammable liquids
  • Class 4 – Flammable solids
  • Class 5 – Organic peroxides and oxidisers
  • Class 6 – Infectious and toxic substances
  • Class 7 – Radioactive materials
  • Class 8 – Corrosive substances
  • Class 9 – Miscellaneous dangerous substances

To comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, you must appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor or DGSA. However, if your transportation of dangerous goods involves only small quantities or if this is not your primary or secondary business activity, then a DGSA may not be required.

A certified DGSA is also required, and regulations must be followed, by any business that allows dangerous goods to be carried. This often includes warehouses, freight forwarders, factories and manufacturers, and cargo consignors. The certification training can typically be completed with two to five days.

DGSA duties include monitoring compliance, preparing annual reports, monitoring safety procedures, investigating and reporting accidents and emergencies, and advising on potential security aspects.

Safety Equipment

Before the transportation of dangerous goods, on the road or within your premises, you should ensure that the vehicle and workers are equipped with the right personal protective equipment (PPE), fire extinguishers, and documentation. This applies when the transport of hazardous goods is undertaken by an electric tug, lorry, forklift, or pedestrian carrier.

PPE and safety equipment for the transportation of dangerous goods might include a warning vest, wheel chocks, warning signs, portable lighting, protective gloves, eye rinsing liquids, and goggles.

Waste Management Tips

by OMS Admin

Waste management is an important issue for UK businesses and factories. Firms are under more pressure than ever before to reduce their environmental impact and save money at the same time.

Effective waste management is vital, regulations must be adhered to, and businesses should always dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous materials responsibly. Here we have a few tips for reducing waste disposal and collecting and moving rubbish.

If your company has a severe problem, it may be time to recruit an industrial waste management firm to analyse your business and adopt new strategies.


Industrial Waste Management

Improving your industrial waste management begins with monitoring your waste to know how much you are creating. With a little record-keeping, you can set targets and see if you achieve them. Don’t forget to monitor specific waste types and the departments where rubbish is generated because this can give you great insights as to where to get started.

A thorough review of your processes should also consider your recycling strategy. Are recyclable materials finding their way into the right bins, and do containers have signage to promote their use and indicate which is for plastic, paper, composting, and glass?

Where possible, your firm might choose to buy in bulk to reduce packaging. You can also investigate exchange opportunities with other businesses because what you see as rubbish might be a valuable resource for another company.

It is not just the shop floor where you can make an impact, though. You could consider switching from bottled water in your break room to drinking glasses, or you could find a bottled water supplier who uses reusable bottles.

Waste Management Vehicles

ePowerTrucks can help you collect, move, and dispose of waste indoors and outdoors. Whether it is an electric bin tug, a pedestrian truck with a mesh cage for rubbish bags, or a road-legal waster tipper, we have solutions to help.

Our N1 electric range of waste management vehicles are created for inner-city rubbish collection. Our N1 can be fitted with different bodies, including cage sides.

Our Glutton Vacuum electric pedestrian waste management vehicle range is ideal for general rubbish collection around city centre streets and pavements. It is fully electric and has a built-in filter for ease of use. The Glutton Zen is a silent street sweeper that is compact yet powerful. It is in its prime working in confined spaces, town squares, alleyways, and marketplaces.

From local authorities to warehouses and manufacturing, ePowerTrucks is ready to help.

The Increased Demand On Warehouses

by OMS Admin

With non-essential retail closed down once again as part of the November 2020 pandemic lockdown, there will be an increased demand on warehouses. On-demand warehousing solutions and direct to consumer shopping look set to be a more significant part of today’s warehouse.

This will put extra strain on warehouse staff with a more significant number of picks and dispatches. However, warehouse work has always been centered around warehouse equipment, which will become a more valuable asset to those involved in stock movement.

While panic buying and empty supermarket shelves are unlikely through the winter, warehouse work will need to respond to the changing situation. Here we take a look at the electric vehicle warehouse equipment that your warehouse can use to meet increased demand while protecting your workforce’s health and safety.

Pedestrian Electric Platforms

Pedestrian electric platforms are a fantastic way for the team to move goods around without causing physical strain. They are suitable for use indoors but can venture outdoors as well. These make warehouse work quick and easy, increasing the productivity of your staff.

They are incredibly convenient, as well. One charge can give miles of travel, and because they are electric, they do not pollute the air. There are solutions for weights up to 500kg and heavy-duty models ranging upwards to 3000kg.

Of course, the platform handles and controls could become a point of transmission, picking up the virus and passing it on to others. Solutions to this issue include sanitising the touchable surfaces after each use, wearing gloves, or assigning one electric platform to one worker. Frequent hand washing with an alcohol-based soap is also an effective measure. You can fix sanitiser to the trolley, making this process convenient, quick, and unlikely to be forgotten when positioning is prominent.

Electric Passenger Transport


Electric passenger transport tugs will let your workers get from A to B in record time. If your facility is expansive or stretches across multiple buildings, the time saving can be huge.

These tow tugs can seat multiple passengers and include fold-down benches for multi-purpose functionality. Models come in all shapes and sizes with plenty of customisation options for the specific warehouse work you undertake.

Other ways to make warehouse work safe in light of the pandemic include adding screens where workers are close together, staggering shifts, introducing one way systems, and enforcing the wearing of PPE such as face masks.

How to choose the best electric tow tug

by OMS Admin

The electric tow tug comes in all shapes and sizes, allowing you to find the best fit for your purpose. You can find models that suit all reasonable budgets, they are easy to use, and anyone can learn to operate one in a very short amount of time.

The electric tow tug has numerous applications across many business sectors, from manufacturing to warehouses, retail, and hospitality. They can pull or push with their powered forward and reverse and move palletised goods, tow light aircraft, pull baggage trolleys and bins, or move personnel around extensive work sites.

Many businesses love their electric tow tug because it is a cost-effective solution, with a tough and reliable nature that requires very low maintenance. Best of all, you or your workers do not need a forklift truck licence or even a driver’s licence to use one.

Features & benefits

An electric tow vehicle is environmentally friendly and does not emit fumes, making them ideal for use indoors, but they are entirely at home outdoors as well. Businesses can protect their workers’ health and safety as they no longer need to attempt to move loads that are too heavy.

Highly maneuverable, the electric tow tug is ideal for accessing narrow spaces, such as warehouse aisles, where space is at a premium. They can be kitted out with different wheels for driving over a variety of terrains, from concrete surfaces in warehouses to unpaved surfaces such as graveled factory yards.

Our electric tow tug models have plenty of power with smooth acceleration, allowing them to climb ramps and slightly sloping surfaces of up to 30%. To ensure maximum safety levels, every model is fitted with highly-effective brakes.

Rechargeable batteries power the tugs, and the operator can quickly charge them at any mains socket. With quick charging and long-lasting batteries, it is easy to get through any shift. With tiller controls, swivel heads, remote controls, and safety sensors, it has never been easier to move goods around the worksite safely.

What to look for when purchasing

When considering which electric tow tug to purchase, there are several things to consider carefully. Primarily the load and tow weights are essential considerations. Tugs are categorised as medium-duty at up to 8,000kg and heavy-duty above this and up to 30,000kgs.

You should also consider if you need custom adaptations and modifications. These personalisations are a commonplace requirement, adapting trolleys for use with unique crates and roll cages. You might need a bespoke towbar, custom boxes and platforms, special shelf configurations, ballasts, and hooks. You might also be looking for pedestrian electric tow tugs capable of seating two or four passengers.

For further assistance, please contact our team.

Features, Uses and Benefits of Electric Burden Carriers

by OMS Admin

The electric burden carrier is a favourite within many businesses, giving the workforce the power to move materials or tow products through the company’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Flatbed utility carts are invaluable in warehouses, workshops, waste management, and manufacturing facilities, providing a better alternative to forklifts and other large vehicles.

A burden carrier is often the best choice when it comes to safely moving supplies, people, or debris. Whether you are looking to improve efficiency or reduce your organisation’s environmental impact, we have the burden carrier you are looking for.

Features of a Burden Carrier

The features of a burden carrier are plentiful, with models rated for moving light through to heavy loads. Extremely manoeuvrable, these vehicles can quickly move through tight or small spaces where larger vehicles, such as forklifts, cannot go.

The large tow and load capacity allow you to get bulky items to where they need to be quickly. On the other side of the scales, a burden carrier can be fitted with cages for moving waste or bags of rubbish. They can also be equipped with ladders for picking items from racking.

Safety is paramount in a business, and this is why transporting personnel is one of their best features. People who are on foot are incredibly vulnerable to work vehicles, where the driver is often focused on the load and not those walking around them. The various models give you a range of options from two-seaters to those with a drop-down bench, permitting up to four passengers to jump on board while still retaining the option to tow a load.

Furthermore, electric utility carts are environmentally friendly. They run on rechargeable batteries and do not emit fumes like diesel carts.

When to use Burden Carriers

These utility vehicles are a great choice wherever loads need to be smoothly and efficiently moved through narrow spaces. They lower the risk of accidents that might damage goods, equipment, machinery, or other workers. With lower risks of damage, your business can keep its maintenance costs under tighter control. You can also save a considerable amount of time when it comes to taking visitors or clients safely around your work site.

If you are searching for a high-quality burden carrier for your factory, warehouse, or other commercial business, contact ePowerTrucks today. We have the broadest range of electric utility carts in the UK.

How Staff Are Keeping You Safe At The Airport

by OMS Admin

Airport safety has and will always be a priority. Good airport safety etiquette includes being respectful to airport and transport staff, as well as other passengers. With coronavirus, staff are keeping you safe at the airport in various ways.

You can play your part and remember that you must wear a mask or face covering. You can say your goodbyes outside so that family and friends are not put at undue risk. On your return, ask your lift to wait outside or in their vehicle.

Try not to mix with people in the departure lounge and remain seated during the flight. Follow the airport staff and cabin crew’s instructions because they have everyone’s best interests at heart. If you become ill at the airport, let the staff know. You must also complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours before your flight.

Guidelines & Procedures

You may feel confident that you are up to date on the COVID-19 guidelines and airport safety, but things change quickly. You should check the latest information and travel warnings related to coronavirus before you book a flight.

Your airline will share with you the current measures for minimising coronavirus transmission. If you live in England, you can only travel overseas or fly within the UK if the purpose is for education, work, or another permitted reason.

You can check your luggage into the aircraft hold to speed up the boarding process. If you are legally allowed to fly, you should check-in online to avoid unnecessary face-to-face contact with the airport staff.

To maintain airport safety, do not travel if you feel unwell or experience any coronavirus systems in the seven days before travel. Do not travel if you are self-isolating or in a support bubble with someone who has displayed symptoms over the last 14 days.

Equipment

You may encounter various vehicles and equipment within the airport environment. Under certain circumstances and when assistance is needed, you may be asked to board an EP11 electric multi-passenger bus. These are an eco-friendly option with zero emissions and are the ultimate choice for not adding to airport pollution.

These vehicles help you or the cabin crew get to the gate. They are comfortable, quick, maneuverable, and quiet. This multi-passenger electric vehicle can transport up to ten people around the airport safely. Its sister models include the EP4 (2+2) and EP8 (6+2).

If you need to walk from the departure gate to the plane, watch out for the electric tow tug. These tugs have superior performance and can travel at speeds of up to 25km/h. These are highly dependable, low maintenance, and powerful vehicles.

Your airport safety shouldn’t be dismissed, so keep an eye on your social distancing while remembering to keep an eye out for silent-running airport vehicles.

How our Electric Hospital Equipment is supporting the NHS

by OMS Admin

ePowerTrucks’ electric hospital equipment is making the life of NHS workers easier at a difficult time with increased patient numbers due to the current coronavirus and quickly arriving winter. NHS nurses and porters are under extreme mental and physical stress levels as they attempt to handle longer shifts in conjunction with greater family needs at home. 
 
To help prevent work-related injuries and strain, we need to help hospital staff reduce the physical effort involved in their job. Their working day often consists of moving beds and walking many miles down hospital corridors and between wards and buildings. 
 
NHS workers can make use of our electric hospital equipment to reduce the daily demands on tired muscles. Our medical electric equipment includes extremely maneuverable bed movers and multi passenger vehicles

Electric Hospital Bed Mover 

In addition to an influx of patients with COVID-19, bed and patient weights are increasing. This makes it even more essential to support staff with electric hospital equipment, such as our electric hospital bed mover. 
 
Bed movers reduce the strains on hospital porters and nurses and they are ideal for use in small and large hospital sites. Our machines are compatible with most beds, stretchers, trolleys and bariatric beds, allowing one device to fulfil many needs and different bed models, new and old. 
 
With our electric hospital equipment, there is no need to change attachments, and hence, there is no risk of losing detachable parts. Operators enjoy a hands-free and bend-free connection process that keeps the user’s back muscles out of the equation. The mover connects easily at the head or the foot of the bed, using a claw that adapts to the castor’s size. 
 
Nurses and hospital porters can effortlessly move up to 600kg, turn around a tight corner and deal various inclines. 

Electric multi-passenger vehicles 

Our multi-passenger people carriers are a versatile and low maintenance form of hospital transport. This electric hospital equipment can significantly reduce the number of steps taken each day while also saving a large amount of time that can be dedicated instead to looking after patients. 
 
Our electric hospital equipment is suitable for use indoors and outdoors and they can move various amounts of people over large distances. Custom modifications can further aid NHS workers and people carriers can be modified to handle wheelchair transport as well.