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.   

Why you need a Pedestrian electric tow tug

by OMS Admin

The pedestrian electric tow tug is a firm favourite in businesses across the UK. Electric tow tugs are tough and reliable and with low maintenance, they are the perfect solution for businesses that need to pull and push heavy wheeled loads or trailers. 
 
The pedestrian electric tow tug is not classed as a vehicle, and this means that operators do not need a driving license to operate one. Anyone can learn how to safely use these battery-powered electric tugs in a short amount of time. 

Features of a Pedestrian electric tow tug 

Nothing is as versatile as a pedestrian electric tow tug and there are models of all shapes and sizes. Standard models are rated to move different amounts of weight, allowing you to manage your budget by buying exactly what you need. 
 
Many businesses select a pedestrian electric tow tug due to its specialised features, but custom modifications are often part of the sale. Your business can choose a model with a design for moving bins and baggage or opt for a bespoke unit with custom boxes and platforms. 
 
Different shelf configurations, chassis lengths and widths all hone the tugs features to the owner’s precise needs. They can further be equipped with accessories such as ballasts and hooks and you can select tyres that are suitable for paved or unpaved surfaces, such as gravel. 
 
Electric tow tractors have powered forward and reverse, allowing the operator to place the load exactly where it needs to be. They recharge in only a few hours at any mains socket and have batteries that will see them through a full shift. 

 When to use a tow tug 

A pedestrian electric tow tug is a cost-effective solution for any case where loads or trolleys need to be moved. If the load weighs more than what a worker alone can manage to pull or push safely, then they are simply a must-have solution. 
 
There are multiple applications for these tugs and they are in use in various industries, from logistics and warehouses to manufacturing, retail and hospitality. A pedestrian electric tow tug is adept at moving palletised products and cages and can venture both indoors and outdoors. 
 
Tow tugs are particularly effective at moving loads through narrow spaces or aisles. They can manoeuvre goods across flat terrain or slightly sloped surfaces and ramps. They can tow wheeled loads of up to 10,000 kg. 
 
Safety is paramount and because of this, the design favours power over speed, with good acceleration and effective braking. Many pedestrian tug models have swivel tiller heads, remote controls, and safety sensors to ensure they do not bump into people or accidentally damage equipment and racking. 

Electric Burden Flatbed Utility Carts

by OMS Admin

An electric burden carrier is one of the most useful types of utility vehicles and quickly becomes a valuable asset when used in a commercial or business setting. Renowned for being small yet strong, flatbed utility carts can tow products or materials across your business workspace or site with ease.

Traffic within a worksite poses one of the most considerable risks to pedestrian safety. You can keep them safe from the dangers of industrial vehicles and forklifts by placing them in a highly-visible budget-friendly burden carrier.

If you are searching for a highly efficient and smooth ride that can access areas through narrow spaces, then electric utility carts might be the solution for your warehouse, indoor, or outdoor premises.

Uses of a Burden Carrier

A burden carrier is a versatile vehicle that boosts productivity, especially when you need quick access to narrow aisles. They are extremely maneuverable and can go where more oversized industrial vehicles can not. You also benefit from high tow capacities and cargo beds designed to carry heavy loads.

With a burden carrier, you can carry supplies, move debris, or pick stock. The flatbed can hold many boxes, reducing the number of trips staff need to make when picking high volumes. You can also customise a burden carrier with options such as ladders for picking materials from elevated locations.

Compared to forklifts, these vehicles are involved in fewer accidents and are less likely to damage equipment and racking. You can quickly transport you and co-workers or clients around your site, reducing the risk of not being seen when walking around on foot.

Useful at keeping pedestrians in a safe place with improved visibility, you can also opt for models with foldaway benches for transporting up to four people in one vehicle, all while towing heavy-duty materials.

Who uses Burden Carriers

You will find a burden carrier in all manner of environments across many industries and business sectors. Their most significant use is in warehouses, distribution facilities, and manufacturing factories. However, they can be deployed wherever you need some extra pull. They are found on large estates for groundwork, used in events management, and anywhere that is advantageous to save wasted time spent walking between one location and another.

Another great benefit is they are environmentally friendly. Electric models do not emit fumes like diesel vehicles, making them safe for use indoors. There are many different models available, so prospective buyers can closely match their needs and budget.