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Powered pallet truck

13 June 2018

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has launched the PBPL12 electric hand pallet truck that is suitable for transporting loads to 1.2t.

According to the HSE, more than a third of injuries requiring at least three days off work are caused by manual handling. Many of these injuries are caused by operators using load-transporting equipment which doesn’t meet the demands of the job.

Stewart Gosling of Red Diamond Distribution – official importer for Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks in the UK – explains: “Employers have a legal responsibility to provide the right equipment for lifting and shifting heavy loads. But, there are many organisations out there who, often unknowingly, are putting employees – and productivity – at risk by relying on hand pallet trucks that are only suitable for infrequent use and for loads up to 500kg. 

“By offering all the safety and productivity benefits of a powered pallet truck at a relatively low price-tag, Mitsubishi is making it easier and safer for businesses to move loads of up to 1.2t,” adds Gosling.

As well as a compact, durable design, suitable for light to medium-duty indoor applications in tight areas such as cargo containers and retail environments, the PBPL12 offers fast battery charging of its 48v Lithium batteries and easy servicing. 

Operators are said to benefit from an effortless experience, with no straining, pushing or pulling, while businesses benefit from less operational downtime and fewer productivity losses from manual handling injuries.

“The PBPL12 offers a simple but effective solution to a common problem,” Gosling concludes. “By offering a powered pallet truck at an affordable price, Mitsubishi is making it easier for businesses to provide the equipment that improves employee safety and reduces operational risk.” 

 
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