Businesses 'Go for Gold' in the FLTA challenge
Hundreds of UK businesses have displayed their commitment to fork lift safety through taking part in the Fork Lift Truck Association’s Go For Gold Challenge during National Fork Truck Safety Week.
At least one worker is hospitalised every day in an avoidable fork lift truck accident, according to the FTLA, which is delighted to see such a high participation rate to raise the awareness of safety surrounding fork lift trucks.
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The online challenge put companies through their paces to demonstrate their understanding of the four key area s of fork lift safety; planning, training, maintenance and thorough examinations.
Any company achieving over 80 percent received a certificate and 15 free months of membership to the FLTA’s Safe User Group for the top ten companies. The response to the online quiz was overwhelming, where more than half of the entrants achieving a ‘Gold Standard’.
FLTA chief executive, Peter Harvey MBE, said: “We are delighted, not only with the number of companies engaging with the ‘Go for Gold’ challenge, but with the levels of competency demonstrated.
“Also, it was encouraging to see that, despite materials handling being traditionally viewed as a predominantly male preserve, four of the top 10 scoring entrants were women.”
Results from the quiz will be used to help the Fork Lift Truck Association identify any gaps in safety knowledge, ensuring future safety events and resources can be tailored to meet the needs of employers.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany