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Independent Study Ranks Hyster Company No. 1 in Brand Satisfaction

Based on evaluations from current customers of leading lift truck brands

GREENVILLE, N.C. (December 5, 2011)  – In an independent survey conducted by Peerless Media Research Group, Hyster Company ranked No. 1 in brand satisfaction. Current customers of leading lift truck brands including Toyota, Crown and Raymond were evaluated.

“It is truly a testament to our associates’ hard work that we received the top-place ranking in brand satisfaction,” said Jonathan Dawley, president of Hyster Distribution. “This award represents not only our commitment to producing durable, long-lasting products, but also to the outstanding dealer base that drives customer satisfaction every day.”

Peerless Media Research Group’s study surveyed individuals in September 2011 who indicated that they were involved in their company’s lift truck purchase process. The sample group was selected from its Logistics Management subscriber base and represented leading lift truck brands including Hyster, Toyota, Crown and Raymond. The results were based on 540 qualified respondents with a margin of error of ± 4.3 percent.

“This is the second No. 1 award that Hyster has received in a four-month span,” continued Dawley. “The first resulted from a July Peerless survey in which Hyster® lift trucks ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for total cost of ownership. Together, our two No. 1 awards are helping propel Hyster to the forefront of the lift truck industry – showcasing our strength in the aftermarket and parts and service arenas.

About Hyster Company
Based in Greenville, N.C., Hyster Company (www.hyster.com) is a leading worldwide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with the widest capacity range in the industry — from 2,000 to 115,000 lbs. Supported by the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer network, Hyster Company builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features; accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support. In an independent survey conducted by Peerless Media Research Group, the full line of Hyster Company lift trucks ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for total cost of ownership in 2011.

Hyster Company is an operating division of NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG), which employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide. NMHG is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NC).

For more information, please contact:
Brett Turner
Jackson Marketing Group
864-272-3014
brett.turner@jacksonmg.com

Value-Based Purchasing vs. Sticker Price

When buying a new forklift, you want to make sure you are not only getting the best value for your money, but you are also getting the right piece of equipment for the job.  The initial purchase price of the truck doesn’t accurately portray the actual cost or value of the equipment over the long run.  There are many factors to consider over the lifetime of the truck.

Before making a purchase based on sticker price there are a few fairly basic questions you should ask yourself: 

What are the Operating Conditions?

Will you be operating in an outdoor lumberyard or possibly in a freezer?  Maybe you’ll be in a nice warm warehouse – Possibly even a combination of environments. If the equipment is going to be outdoors will you be in sunny California or be facing the harsh winters of the Upper Mid-West?

The surface you’ll be working on will affect what type of equipment you select. Some lift trucks are designed to work on smooth, level surfaces (such as concrete floors) and will not function effectively or safely on outdoor rough terrain.  Rough-terrain lift trucks, on the other hand, are equipped with additional suspensions and are wider than a standard forklift providing a more stable work platform and lower center of gravity, thus making them more efficient on uneven ground.

How your lift truck is powered will also be determined by the type of environment you will be operating in.  When it comes to loading and lifting indoors in a warehouse, electric trucks make more sense because they are quiet and non-polluting. Gasoline powered lift trucks are well suited for outdoor applications or in colder conditions where there will be a lot of starting and stopping.  Diesel is preferred when the terrain is rugged and the engine will be running constantly.  And Liquid Petroleum (LP) is ideal for indoor/outdoor use.

Electric and LP powered lift trucks are by far the most popular because they have zero emissions,  a longer lifespan, produce little noise and are very easy to maintain.  Even with these advantages over fuel driven forklifts sometimes a gasoline, diesel, or LP forklift is a better choice – especially for outdoor applications that often see inclement weather.

What are the Typical Load Dimensions and Weight?

All forklifts are rated for loads at a specified maximum weight and a specified forward center of gravity.  This is the lift truck’s Lifting Capacity. You’ll want to be sure that the heaviest load you plan to move with the forklift you are purchasing does not exceed this limit.

This is important to consider so that you are not overloading your truck.  This can be an especially dangerous safety issue if there is a chance the truck could tip.  On the other hand, if you choose a truck that is rated for weights well above what you will be moving, your operating costs will be much more than they could be with a truck more suited to your needs.Whatever the size of your typical load is will determine the capacity you need.  Forklift capacity is usually based on a 24” load center – the distance from the center of gravity to the sides of the load.

What is the Width of Your Isles?

You’ll want to make sure that the equipment you are purchasing is going to be able to fully operate in the space available.  If the aisles are very narrow a typical lift truck might not be the appropriate machine for the job.

A narrow-aisle lift truck might be the right option depending on how it will be used.  There are two primary functions of narrow-aisle lift trucks – rack interface and order picking.

Keven Trenga, Product Marketing Manager for Hyster warehouse trucks explains it like this:  “A reach truck is a rack interface truck.  It does put away and let down of full pallet loads on either side of an aisle as narrow as 96 inches.  Orderpickers are operator-up trucks designed for picking cases and units of product and are not for rack interface with pallet loads.”

How High do you Need to Go?

Will you be primarily moving equipment from a truck to the floor? Or will you be stacking pallets 30 or 40 feet overhead on racks?  The lifting height will also affect the lifting capacity.  As your lifting height goes up the truck capacity will need to be higher because the load center will be different – For example –  a forklift can carry 4000 pounds at a 24 inches load center, but only 2666 pounds at a 36 load center.

Price vs. Efficiency

The absolute best way to know that you are getting the right truck for your application as well as the best value for your money is to consult with a Material Handling expert.  They will evaluate your specific requirements and offer a solution that will work for you.

Our Material Handling Specialists at MH Equipment are experienced in knowing what the appropriate solutions are for your unique applications!  They will also help you evaluate the purchase price vs. the cost of ownership so you can make a value based purchasing decision.

 

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ReSales Feature of the Week!

2007 Hyster S60FT*

Type: IC Cushion

Power: LP Gas

Capacity: 6000 lbs

Lift Height: 187″

Lowered Height: 88″

*Attachment is not included with unit.

This piece of equipment is located in our St. Louis, MO branch. Visit our Used Equipment website for more information.

FORKLIFT MAINTENANCE: Fluid Analysis

Reduce unscheduled downtime and extend the life of major assemblies in your lift truck with MH Equipment’s Fluid Analysis service.  By having your lift truck’s fluids analyzed periodically we can reveal early warning signs of accelerated component wear and help reduce unforeseen, extensive repair costs associated with…

  • Engine Replacements
  • Transmission Replacements
  • Drive Train Overhauls
  • Hydraulic Systems 
  • Cooling Systems

While having regularly scheduled maintenance performed on your lift truck reduces unscheduled downtime, this does not provide the extensive analysis required to maintain all systems at peak performance levels.  By analyzing up to 21 trace elements, this easy-to-interpret report can identify systems in need of corrective action.

Hydraulic Oil:  undetected wear in this system can lead to costly replacement of pumps and control valves.

Differential Oil:   critical wear of axle shafts and drive pinion/gears can lead to costly differential overhauls.Coolant:  destructive corrosion spotted here can still exist in properly mixed antifreeze.

Engine Oil:  extend engine life by having samples taken during oil changes to monitor wear on bearings, shafts, valves and pistons.

Transmission Oil:  analyze this fluid periodically to detect early signs of wear leading to more extensive, costly overhauls.

Extend equipment life and reduce repair costs.  Contact MH Equipment or your local Hyster dealer to learn more or schedule a Fluid Analysis.

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What would you do?

Let’s say that it has happened, the worst possible thing at the worst possible time, and you find yourself without the forklift that you needed to move the pallets into the waiting truck at the dock. You ask yourself “What am I going to do?”

When faced with this situation, would you place your fate into the hands of someone who might not truly understand your business needs? Would you call the local equipment rental place down the street that rents anything from a snow cone machine to all-terrain cranes? Do you think you can trust them to spec your needs out properly when their focus is on hundreds of other rental items? Or would you call someone who knows forklifts inside and out and specializes in the type of equipment you need and can get it when you need it?

MH Equipment knows forklifts – in fact, we have a rental fleet of over 2,000 of them! Whether you need a small capacity truck of 3,000 lbs or a capacity of 150,000 lbs, work in a warehouse or in a rough terrain situation, MH Equipment has you covered!

Visit our website at http://www.mhequipment.com  to learn more about our rental programs and equipment. Let us keep you moving!

More Health, Less Injuries

Good health can aid in reducing injuries. Flexibility and strength can prevent strains and sprains. Exercise can help you sleep better during the night so you’re more aware on the job. Choosing healthier foods can help you avoid that afternoon energy slump. You don’t have to diet, or start some exercise program- just try adding some activity and healthy switches into your routine.

Consider these healthy choices.

Walking: Walking is one of the most effective ways to improve your health. Mayo Clinic website is a great resource to learn more about health and the importance of walking. Among many benefits, a few of the top reasons to walk are:

  • decreased choleserol
  • decreased blood pressure
  • increased lung capacity
  • increased heart function
  • increased flexibility and muscle mass

Still not convinced? Walking an extra 20 minutes a day will burn off 7 pounds of body fat in a year without even dieting! No gym membership or diet plans involved.

Weight lifting: More muscle means a higher metabolism. Studies show that a pound of muscle burns between 30-50 calories per day; whereas a pound of fat only burns 2 calories per day. Increasing your muscle mass also improves the efficiency in which your body uses sugar (which decreases your odds of getting diabetes) and can decrease your blood pressure (a risk factor for strokes). For weight training 101, click here.

Fast Food: By now, everyone knows that eating fast food for lunch every day is not very healthy. The majority of fast food offered is very high in calories, fat, and sodium- all the unhealthy stuff! Interestingly, even though we are aware of these facts, we still choose to grab our work lunches from fast food establishments. Men’s Health Magazine offeres some  ”Eat This, Not That,” nutritional facts, but here are some of the best and worst choices we’ve found to help you out:

  • Worst Burger: Hardees Monster Burger, weighing in at 1420 calories and 108 grams of fat.
  • Better Burger: Burger King Whopper Jr. with 320 calories and 21 grams of fat.
  • Best Choice: Subway. A 6″ Subway Roast Beef has only 290 calories and 5 grams of fat.
  • Worst Chicken: Dairy Queen 6 piece chicken basket. It has 1270 calories and 67 grams of fat.
  • Better Chicken: Wendy’s 5 piece chicken nuggest with 230 calories and 15 grams of fat.
  • Best Choice: Subway. Subway’s oven roasted chicken breast sandwich with a measly 310 calories and 5 grams of fat.

Sometimes, a little awareness and forethought can help you, your waistline and your overall health.

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Be Safe in the Moment – Watch Your Road Rage!

Have you ever been cut off in traffic? Another driver ever ride your bumper and you were going the speed limit? Have you ever witnessed someone honking, making obscene gestures, or yelling at other drivers? Maybe you have even done some of these things?????? Did you  know that these are all signs of road rage?

Road rage is defined as violent or visibly angry behavior by a driver of a motor vehicle which can result in crashes or other incidents on roadways. It also called an extreme case of aggressive driving.


The following are possible signs of road rage or aggressive driving:

  • Generally aggressive driving, including sudden acceleration, braking, and
    closely tailgating
  • Cutting off other drivers, or preventing other vehicles from merging
  • Hitting the horn or flashing lights
  • Shouting obscenities, or threats
  • Hand gestures
  • Intentionally causing a crash between vehicles
  • Getting out of a vehicle in an attempt to start a confrontation
  • Threatening to use or using a weapon
  • Throwing objects from a moving vehicle

Ways to Avoid Road Rage

  • Keep a cool head
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Never make obscene gestures
  • Do not use your vehicle to intimidate others
  • Get out of the left lane for other fast moving vehicles
  • If you witness something you think is road rage, call police
  • Do not become frustrated or stressed out—if you do, remove yourself from the
    situation
  • Never get behind the wheel if you are tired or irritable
  • Avoid confrontation

Road rage is a growing concern among motorists these days. It’s become so much of a danger in some areas that legislation is being considered to punish offenders with more severity than ever before. Road rage is avoidable by using common sense – and letting your ego take a backseat. So, be Safe in the Moment and practice the tips above to avoid being a road rage victim.

http://www.flhsmv.gov/safetytips/RoadRage.htm

http://www.foremost.com/safety/rv-safety/preventing-road-rage.htm

Prevent Fatigue!

Thousands of people each day feel the effects of fatigue while at work. Fatigue in the workplace is a genuine concern because  it can cause so many accidents to occur. 

What Are the Possible Causes of Fatigue?

Fatigue can be caused by a number of things. Below is a list of the most common causes for fatigue at work.

  1. Sleep Apnea is a condition that causes a persons breathing to be interupted while they are sleeping. This disruption will often cause the person to awake several times during the night. So their sleep cycle is constantly interupted.
  2. Caffeine can also cause fatigue. Drinking cofffee or soft drinks late at night could make it harder to fall asleep and get a full nights rest.
  3. Poor Exercise Routine can make a person feel fatigued. When your body is not fit there are hundreds of ways it can show. Fatigue is one of these symptoms.


How Does Fatigue Effect Your Ability To Work?

  • Impairs decision making
  • Slows your reaction time
  • Amplifies errors in judgement
  • Increases forgetfulness
  • Leads to more sick days
  • Reduces productivity


What Are The Symptoms of Fatigue At Work?

  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Muscle Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blurry vision
  • Short term memory loss
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability


Preventing Fatigue At Work

There are certain things you can do to help prevent fatigue at work. The list below will help you prevent any accidents from fatigue while you are at work.

  • Keep the lights turned on. Make sure the lights are on all the way. Dim lighting will increase your fatigue while a brightly lit room will help you stay alert.
  • Turn the heat down. A little chill in the room will work wonders to keep you awake. When youe body is warm it naturally begins to feel sleepy.
  • Get up and move around. Sitting in a chair or doing one task all day will make you feel even more tired than you already are.
  • Eat but don’t over eat. Some fresh fruit or a light snack will help boost your energy without giving you the groggy full feeling of a large meal.
  • Avoid drinking Caffeine. While it will make you awake and alert for a short time the effects are short lived. Once the caffeine and sugar have worn off you will crash and be even more tired than before.
  • If you have windows in your office that can be opened they should be. The fresh air and natural sunlight are great stimulants. They will instantly boost your mood and energy.


Always remember to Be Safe in the Moment – Prevent Fatigue!

Thank you Workplace Safety Experts for the Preventing Fatigue in the Workplace tips! http://workplacesafetyexperts.com/office-safety/preventing-fatigue-in-the-workplace/

Prevent Injuries and Cuts!

Cuts are a common form of injury in the workplace; HOWEVER, they can be avoided if you focus on what you are doing and ASK, “Is what I am doing now being safe in the moment?” Tools, parts, and machinery can have sharp edges so you have to be careful when working with them, but you can take measures to protect yourself from being injured.

Follow these Safety tips:

  • FOCUS on what you are doing and avoid distractions
  • THINK about the safety hazards of your actions before you act
  • KNOW where both your hands are and that they are safe
  • LOOK where you place your hands to avoid contacting sharp objects
  • AVOID placing hands and fingers behind machine guards
  • When working on a forklift make sure the floor plate and/or seat is secure before you begin working in that area to protect yourself from cuts, pinches, or having it fall on you.
  • Wear protective gloves to avoid injury to the hands
  • Wear safety glasses/goggles
  • When using a knife, always cut away from the body
  • Make sure there are no body parts in the cutting path, in pinch points, at the point of operation.

 

Always remember to Be Safe in the Moment!

Check Your Co-workers

Last week, we talked about how to safety is each person’s responsibility. This week, take a look around at your co-workers. Some co-workers are your friends during work hours and even after work. You know about their families, their likes and dislikes and what they do for fun. In addition to taking responsibility for your own safety, you can also be on the lookout for unsafe conditions for your co-workers and correct them or report them to your supervisors as soon as possible. Help your fellow workers get through each day and make it home without an accident.

Here are some things YOU can do:

  • “I’ll  help you lift those heavy items so you don’t have to do it by yourself. I know a back injury can mess up your home life as well as your ability to work.”
  • “I’ll be sure to wipe up anything I’ve spilled so you won’t slip and fall due to my mistake.”
  • “I’ll inspect that ladder and make sure it is in good condition before I set it up for use. I will set it at a good 4:1 angle so it won’t slip while you or I are on it.”
  • “I’ll be certain that the guardrails, midrails and toeboards are in place before using that scaffolding because I know a fall could lead to serious injury or death, or falling objects could injure you below.”
  • “I’ll make sure that all passageways and walkways are clear so you won’t trip or fall.”
  • “I’ll label all containers in the workplace, so you don’t use the wrong product for a job by mistake.”
  • “I’ll check the backup alarms on our heavy equipment, because I can’t alwas see you and I want to make sure you can hear me.”
  • “When I’m welding, I will always set up the welding shields so the flash won’t burn your eyes.”
  • “I’ll tage and report all tools that aren’t working properly soyou won’t be injured by plugging in a tool that has a faulty wire.”

Here’s some practice for you:

Spot the hazard.

  • Did you correctly identify the hazard in the picture? The woman is standing on a cart with wheels. She is also leaning over the aisle which sets her off balance. Additionally, at that angle, her lean could cause her feet to push the cart away causing her to fall.

Fix the hazard.

  • If you came across one of your co-workers that looked like this, how would you go about solving this issue? Remind her that this is not being safe in the moment and you do not want her to fall. You could help her find a ladder instead of using that cart, or report the issue to your supervisor.

Eliminate future hazards.

  • Talk about being safe in the moment and evaluate your behavior.
  • Talk about how your behavior or unsafe acts can affect others by putting them in danger.
  • Avoid awkward body positions such as over reaching for objects over your head.
  • Evaluate the job before you get started to make sure you have the right equipment.