Reduce Manual Handling Injuries with Mitsubishi

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Power pallet movers, part of MLA's extensive warehouse forklifts range, can reduce back injuries!

One in three injuries to Australian workers is caused by manual handling. Manual handling injuries are not limited to those sustained by lifting or carrying heavy loads. A person can be injured when handling objects in a variety of ways, including pulling, pushing, holding or restraining.

December 2014 Safety Bulletin

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Forklift extension slippers are one of many forklift parts that can compromise safety.

Safety in the workplace is often compromised when forklifts are used to load and unload larger and awkward loads on and off vehicles. Many serious injuries to employees have occurred during the loading and unloading of vehicles as a result of falling pallets. This is particularly common when trying to reach the width of a truck with a forklift. When used correctly, fully certified, load-tested and guaranteed forklift extension slippers can be an effective solution to this problem.

November/December 2014 Newsletter

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Reliable forklifts, reach stackers, and WA's grand opening all feature in the November/December issue of the MLA Newsletter:

Ken's Korner

At our recent Annual General Meeting, Mr. Jiro Kanamori, our Chairman for the last 34 years announced his retirement. Some of our more recent employees maybe unaware that Mr. Kanamori, when General Manager of T. Chatani & Co. Ltd was the one who in 1980 had the vision to create MLA Holdings Pty Ltd and appoint it as the Distributor of Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks in Australia...

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Bibra Lake's Grand Opening

MLA Holdings' new premises in Bibra Lake, Western Australia, have officially been opened. To acknowledge this important milestone for MLA a grand opening dinner was held on the 29th of August, 2014, at the new Bibra Lake premises, attended by MLA's owner, Directors, WA staff and key MLA customers. Ross Mackenzie, MLA's Western Australia State Manager was very pleased with the over-whelming success of the opening and stated; "The evening was enjoyed by all and it provided an opportunity to strengthen our partnerships with key customers and celebrate the growth of our WA branch..."

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MLA Partners with Chalmers Industries Pty Ltd

The delivery of a new SANY SRSC45C2 Reach Stacker to Chalmers' Yarraville site in Melbourne continues an already successful partnership between MLA and Chalmers Industries. MLA's relationship with Chalmers commenced in 2012 following the delivery of two Vulcan Reach Stackers and one Vulcan Empty Container Handler, all manufactured by Linde Heavy Truck Division. MLA Holdings is pleased to assist Chalmers Industries in achieving their goals as they seek to build on their proud reputation of being a reliable and consistent transportation organisation. With MLA's unrivalled after-sales service and impressive new range of heavy equipment, MLA is perfectly positioned to serve as Chalmers' long-term materials handling supplier in both their Victorian and Queensland operations...

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Famous for Reliability

Extraordinary equipment reliability is not common in the materials handling industry. The equipment must be well built at the start, and then maintained to ensure that it behaves exactly as it should. This is where MLA Holdings and Mitsubishi Forklifts excel. Here, extraordinary forklift reliability is not rare at all, it's actually assured. Reliability is built into every Mitsubishi forklift truck that rolls off the assembly line. In the showroom at MLA's NSW Head Office sits an original yellow 1972 Mitsubishi FG20. It's in perfect condition, however deservedly retired from its working duties some time ago...

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November 2014 Safety Bulletin

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It is a truth acknowledged in the materials handling industry that people have done and will continue to do dumb and unsafe things when operating forklifts. Some of these things are intentional while some are accidental; some are the result of laziness and others the result of pure ignorance or poor decision making. In a disturbing trend, there is an increasing number of videos posted online detailing these incidents, most with the intent to shock and entertain. It is a worrying aspect of a larger problem, the general unsafe use of forklifts.

October 2014 Safety Bulletin

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 All new forklifts and used forklifts are required to have a load capacity plate, this plate displays important safety information for the operator of the forklift.

A forklift's load capacity is defined as the maximum load in kilograms that a forklift is able to safely transport and stack, when operating on a hard level surface, the mast in the vertical position, with maximum lift height at a specified load center distance in millimeters. The load capacity data plate specifies the load each forklift can safely transport and stack at different mast angles or when it is fitted with an attachment and must be located within direct view from the operator's position.


Section 14 of the Australian Standard 2359.1-1995 states that; 'Trucks and attachments shall bear the information specified in Clause 14.4 by the use of legible, permanent and accessible nameplates and markings. Nameplates shall be durable, corrosion-resistant and mechanically attached to a permanent part of the truck or attachment. Information shall be valid for the truck or attachment on which it is displayed.'

The information that needs to be displayed for load capacities is outlined by Clause 14.4 of AS2359.1-1995 and reads as follows;

      a) For each powered industrial truck fitted with forks dimensioned to handle Australian Standard pallets, the rated capacity in kilograms at the 600 mm load centre.

      b) For counterbalanced powered industrial trucks, the rated capacity in kilograms at the standard load centre, in millimetres.

      c) For each industrial truck, the alternative capacity in kilograms.

      d) For each attachment other than forks, the model number or catalogue number of the attachment.

      e) For high-lift trucks, maximum lift height, in metres or millimetres.

      f) For trucks with tilting mast, forward and reverse tilt angles when unladen, in degrees.

      g) The height at which any travel speed changes are automatically imposed.

Workers with insufficient awareness of a forklift's load capacity are placing themselves and those around them at serious risk. The use of clearly marked load capacity plates is therefore of paramount importance. All workers also need to be aware of the risks associated with exceeding a forklift's load rating capacity.

All forklift trucks delivered by MLA Holdings are fitted with legible and valid load rating capacity plates that comply with the Australian Standard. Information for this article was sourced from Australian Standard 2359.1-1995.


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