Thursday, January 11, 2018

Freight and Road Haulage Outfits Must Prepare for Snow and Ice

Snow Ploughs and Salt Spreaders to Suit Your Situation
Shipping News Feature
UK – Although we tend to think of snow and ice in December (White Christmas and all that) in fact February is often the month we see the worst of the weather, and so it is predicted for 2018. In Wales they know all about freezing conditions, and Newtown based Contact Attachments, which has been designing and manufacturing forklift truck attachments from there for over 40 years, is pointing out that the time has come to ensure all workplaces remain operational, particularly if you are running a road haulage or freight outfit with operations in an exposed yard.

Temporary or permanent add-ons which simply fit to existing fork lift trucks and other specialist vehicles are an economical way of ensuring preparedness for those cold days and nights as Dave Manuel, Contacts Technical Sales Director, explains:

“We manufacture three styles of snow ploughs, including our standard fixed blade model which is angled to clear snow to the left, and an adjustable model which allows the blade to clear snow to the left, right, or straight ahead. We also produce the Spring Loaded model which includes an adjustable blade as well as a heavy duty spring, which minimises damage to the plough and other objects such as manhole covers and drainage.

”I’d encourage anyone who is dependent on maintaining an operational site during the winter months to consider putting management plans in place and prevent the weather disrupting daily routines.”

The company also produces a towable salt spreader, its 190 litre capacity can be utilised all year round, from spreading salt during icy periods, to spreading seeds, fertilizer and weed killer. Its versatility extends further as it is also fully compatible with a variety of vehicles including forklifts, ATVs and 4x4s. Fitted with a galvanized actuator offering the ultimate protection against corrosion and rust, in addition to preventing the salt from clogging, the towable spreader is also fitted with a flow regulator level to control the amount of spread used.

The Walk Behind Spreaders are another best-seller from the Contact winter range and suitable for anyone responsible for health and safety in the workplace. In addition to its low-cost and high value, the compact size of a Walk Behind Spreader enables any capable person to operate it, with durable pneumatic tyres, rain cover, and adjustable feed system all fitted as standard.