JCB Teleskid Demo Days

Norlift JCB will host demos on JCB tracked and wheeled Teleskids at Wittkopf Landscape Supply on October 16 and at Horizon Distributors on October 17.  Both demo days will run from 7:00-11:00 a.m.  Come out and see what this compact skid steer with a telescopic, single arm boom  can do.  In addition to Norlift construction equipment representatives, the JCB West Region Compact Product Sales Manager and Teleskid specialist will also be there to answer your questions.

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Warehouse spills should be anticipated and prevented whenever possible. But even the most careful warehouse manager or operator can have a spill happen on their watch. Specific advice about what to do in the middle of a spill will ultimately depend on what you spilled. But there are some general things to keep in mind after a spill has occurred that can help you clean up and prevent the next one.

Steps to Take After a Spill

Assess What Happened:
Determining the cause of a spill is important to determine the cause and rectify the issue before it occurs again, but also so that you can determine what you need to take into account during clean up. What was spilled? Where was it spilled? Why was it spilled? All of these questions can help you to assess what needs to be cleaned up in the facility.

Think about where you forgot to clean:
It’s easy to remember to clean the floor surface after a spill. But have you thought about where else you need to clean? If you spilled a liquid, this could have splashed onto warehouse racking, product, or a lift’s forks. These are definitely safety hazards that can cause slipping of materials when they’re being handled. If you spilled something that scattered, be sure to check under racks and other warehouse storage systems. Loose materials are slipping hazards for both associates and forklifts.

Be Proactive:
I know. It’s really not helpful to say “well, in hindsight, you should have….” I can’t stand the guy who says that. That guy is a jerk. But in this case, one of the best ways to prevent the next spill is to learn from the current spill and be proactive. Make sure you have clean up stations with all the proper cleaning solutions, signage, and PPE available for associates to clean the area. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must be available and accessible for reference. If you’re working with hazardous materials, make sure you have protocols in place in case you have a spill.

Recertify Operators:
After a near miss or accident, have operators recertify (it’s actually an OSHA requirement). This will mean that they need to train again on proper operating procedures to help prevent possible spills in the future.


Not All Skidsteers Are Created Equal

JCB and Innovation

How is JCB’s Compact Track Loader, Skid Steer Loader or Teleskid different from any of their competitors?  In a word – INNOVATION.  While there are almost too many “industry firsts” and new ideas to list, there are two things that clearly set JCB skid steers apart from the crowd.  The telescopic boom makes all other loaders look like dinosaurs – think T-Rex with arms that can’t reach much of anything.  That same, extending, single lift arm brings increased visibility to the operator and more room to the cab.  More importantly, JCB’s left side door entry removes the first listed “Greatest Dangers” of the “Skid Steer Loader Safety” booklet produced by OSHA, being crushed by moving parts by wiggling under or climbing over the safety bar.  No matter where the load is positioned on a JCB skid steer, there is no need to climb over or under anything to get into or out of the cab.  This makes JCB skid steers safer all around, from the time you perform your pre-operation checklist, until you finish the job and walk away.

To see the differences between operating a JCB skidsteer and any other skidsteer, just check out this common-sense video from JCB.

JCB Regional Service Training at Norlift

A LOT GOES ON AT 512 NORTH FANCHER – Some weeks even more…

On any given day, there are new and used construction equipment sales; new or used forklift sales; warehouse products delivered; storage shelving and pallet racking – both new and used sold and shipped; equipment repaired; Superbenches built; equipment rented and forklift tires pressed and changed. Last week was even a bit busier, as Norlift hosted visiting JCB Certified Service Trainer Mark Cook to conduct training in a number of areas on JCB mini/midi excavators.

The primary focus was on in-depth computer diagnostics, hydraulic configuration, model specific repair challenges, and live diagnostic scenarios. The three-day intensive schedule was mornings in classroom sessions and afternoons in the shop, reinforcing the classroom lessons. Multimedia was everywhere. It’s not often that you see a flatscreen television in a construction and handling equipment shop, (okay, maybe during NCAA Tournament time in some shops) but that was the case at Norlift for those few days. Classroom and shop came together to cement the knowledge and practice elements of the certification level training being presented.

Technicians from the Inland Northwest and other parts of the Pacific Northwest attended the regional training. With the JCB commitment to training and customer satisfaction, Norlift is looking forward to many more JCB training events in the years to come.