For those new to forklift-friendly interlocking concrete blocks, you may need a little guidance on what to do when it comes to moving the blocks with your forklift. Not to worry! We are here to help.
In this blog, we will show you how to move interlocking concrete blocks with a forklift.
PPC Concrete Products is here to provide the answers you may be looking for whilst giving you an insight into the quality concrete options we supply. Our supplies are fit for purpose and generally provide no issues with building regulations, not to mention being safe to use for a variety of construction needs.
The demand for construction is only increasing, on a private and industrial level. Whichever side you fall into, A forklift-friendly concrete block may be an option to help keep your site secure regardless of its shape.
The forklift blocks we supply are a version of our interlocking concrete blocks that can be moved by forklifts, let us tell you more about the uses and benefits of interlocking concrete blocks below.
What is a forklift-friendly block?
As the name alludes to, a forklift-friendly block is our style of interlocking concrete block which has the ability to be moved by forklifts, resulting in a much easier method of transporting interlocking concrete blocks on site.
This is facilitated by specific spaces we have made at the bottom of the blocks that allow the fork area of a forklift to easily slide in to establish a hold on the block.
What size are forklift blocks?
We now offer the 1800x 600 x 600 mm (1560kg) and the 1600x 800 x800mm (2460kg) block with forklift slots.
How to move interlocking concrete blocks with a forklift
As long as you have our interlocking concrete forklift blocks, this process is extremely straightforward.
- Get into your forklift and bring the fork to its lowest setting
- Approach the block in the forklift from the side
- Align your forklift’s fork with the two holes at the bottom of the block
- Slowly drive forward, allowing the fork to enter the hole
- Raise your forklift’s fork, and take the block to where it needs to be placed
- Move at a slow and steady pace, and fast or sharp movements may result in you becoming unbalanced, causing an accident.
- Place the block at its destination, lowering or raising the fork as necessary
- Slowly reverse to remove your forklift’s fork from the hole
- Repeat the process.
Can I move these blocks by hand?
No, the blocks are too heavy for this. If you can move these blocks by hand by yourself, you’re clearly in the wrong industry! Our blocks can weigh upto 1560KG, so even if you manage to get the strongest people to move this block manually, it’s still a massive safety hazard. Please don’t ever try this!
Do’s and don’ts of forklift operation
- Wear safety equipment
- Wear high-visibility clothing/gear
- Assess the area you will travel for any hazards before starting the forklift
- Tell the other members of the build who are on site, so they are also aware and conscious of your path.
- Check if the load you will carry is suitable for the forklift you are using
- Check to see if there are any issues with the forklift before starting it
- Do not speed in the forklift
- Do not move items on the forklift that is not fully on the fork of the forklift
- Do not speed with items on the forklift
- Do not use a faulty forklift
- Do not move items on the forklift that the forklift can’t support
Is a forklift block the same as an interlocking concrete block?
In regard to our products, they are the same but with some nominal differences. Our forklift blocks have all the same capabilities of an interlocking concrete block and can be used for most if not all of the same uses too.
The main difference is the slots at the bottom of our forklift blocks that allow them to be carried by forklifts, aside from that there may be slight differences in sizes and weights, but for the most part, they are almost identical.
This means you can access the features of our interlocking concrete blocks, but with the ease of movement offered by the use of a forklift. Here are some of the uses of our interlocking concrete blocks that are shared with our forklift blocks.
Our forklift blocks and interlocking concrete blocks can be used for:
- Material Storage bays
- Blast walls
- Salt stores
- Crash protection
- Push walls
- Security barriers
- Segregation bays i.e recycling centres
- Retaining walls
- Industrial buildings
- Fire breaks
What is the best forklift to use for a forklift block?
Understandably, due to the heavy weight of our forklift blocks, you can’t use a forklift that can’t manage heavy loads. Depending on the blocks you choose (or if you choose both), you would have to opt for a forklift that has lifting capabilities that include 1560KG and 2460KG respectively.
Failure to use the appropriate forklift for this task will result in you damaging or even breaking the forklift in question. Additionally, you then pose a risk to the forklift operator and any other workers in their vicinity.
Using a weight that the forklift wasn’t made for may bend the fork, break the fork or cause the forklift to tilt over which will result in injury. As a result, you would be made liable to pay for the repairs of the forklift, which can hamper the progress of your build and make you spend more money than you need to.
Advantages of forklift-compatible concrete blocks
Our forklift blocks share a lot of similar features to our interlocking concrete blocks and therefore share most of the same benefits. Like interlocking concrete blocks, forklift blocks are perfect for almost every construction environment.
The advantages of forklift-compatible concrete blocks include, but are not limited to:
- Easier to manoeuvre with the use of a forklift
- Can be moved with other appropriate machinery if required
- Can be stacked upon each other
- Naturally long-lasting
- No need for a foundation before placing
- More than one size is available.
- Little to no maintenance is required
- Can be interlocked
- Becomes more secure once the blocks are interlocked
- Has fire-resistant properties
- Can be used for temporary and some permanent buildings
- Has sound-resistant properties
Additionally, forklift blocks can be used to make retaining walls, roadblocks, security barriers, segregation bays and material storage bays and more.
Disadvantages of forklift blocks
- May not be suitable for all forklifts (depending on the lifting capacity)
- Can be extremely dangerous if not moved & placed correctly
As you can see, the advantages of forklift blocks far outweigh the disadvantages. Two of the three disadvantages we highlighted can be easily avoided by simply following standard safety procedures, being diligent and using the right equipment.
Purchase a Forklift Block today
In this article, we hope to have shared with you how to move interlocking concrete blocks with a forklift, whilst also providing extra information in regard to construction solutions that we offer.
Take a read of our case studies to truly understand how we have provided solutions for business in the past with the use of our interlocking concrete blocks, and ultimately, how we can help you today.
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