Where can I get Forklift Blocks?

What Are Fork Lift Blocks

Forklift Blocks present a helpful and efficient alternative to regular concrete blocks and bricks. But what makes them different? How do you get them? Are they worth it?

In this blog, we will address the question ‘What are Forklift Blocks?’

At PPC Concrete Products, we are here to provide solutions for your construction needs, from the person working on their part-time project to commercial clients, and everyone in between.

Monthly construction output had risen an estimated 1.6% value in June 2023, and we would like to think our accessible concrete products had a small part to play by giving our clients easy access to reliable and easy-to-use construction solutions.

Can anyone use a forklift to move blocks?

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No. Regardless of what material you are using the forklift to move, the operation of a forklift must be undertaken by somebody who has taken the legally required training, and received the relevant certifications.

By neglecting this, you run the risk of harming yourself, others, damaging the forklift or materials, or the structure itself. Furthermore, any damages incurred on the forklift will require repairs, maintenance, or replacements. This leads to time and money spent which could have been used in other areas.

What are the consequences of using a forklift without training?

Aside from the aforementioned circumstances, using a forklift without training will result…

  • The employer receiving fines up to £20,000
  • Civil litigation
  • Criminal prosecution

The severity of these consequences will vary depending on the circumstances at hand. In any case, you should never operate a forklift without having the certification and training required.

How do you know that someone isn’t certified to drive a forklift?

Although it can be difficult to tell who is and isn’t certified to drive a forklift, there are some simple signs you can observe, such as…

  • Safety measurements are not followed. This includes not wearing safety equipment, not wearing a seatbelt etc.
  • Overloading the forklift purposely.
  • Driving recklessly in the forklift with or without the contents that are loaded.

What are Forklift Blocks?

What are Forklift Blocks?

Forklift Blocks are concrete blocks used for building certain structures. They have a few key benefits that set them apart from most other blocks.

  1. They have spaces at the bottom of the block which allow for the fork of a forklift to easily slot in and allow it to be moved.
  2. These blocks have studs and recesses at the top and bottom respectively, this allows for the blocks to connect with each other securely, without the need for any binding materials.
  3. Due to being able to be lifted by a forklift, this allows these blocks to be placed in areas that other lifting machinery can’t fit into. This can be helpful in builds that are taking place in areas like a back garden.

The benefits and uses Forklift 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 benefits 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
  • Durable
  • Weatherproof
  • 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

Our forklift blocks, like our 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
  • Counterweights
  • Roadblocks

Can concrete blocks be lifted with anything else?

What are Forklift Blocks?

Yes, there are alternatives to forklifts for lifting concrete blocks, depending on the size and weight of the blocks and the specific requirements of the job site. Some alternatives include:

  • Cranes — Cranes are commonly used for heavy lifting tasks on construction sites. They can lift concrete blocks of various sizes and weights to different heights with precision.
  • Telehandler – A telehandler, also known as a telescopic handler or a boom lift, is a versatile machine with a telescopic boom that can lift and place heavy loads. They often come with various attachments, such as forks or buckets, making them suitable for lifting concrete blocks.
  • Skid-steer loader – Skid-steer loaders equipped with fork attachments can also be used to lift and transport concrete blocks. While they may not have the lifting capacity of larger machines, they are manoeuvrable and suitable for smaller loads or tight spaces.
  • Crane truck – A crane truck combines the functionality of a crane with a truck for mobility. It can lift and transport concrete blocks to different locations on the job site.
  • Excavator with a lifting attachment – Excavators equipped with lifting attachments, such as a lifting hook or a hydraulic clamp, can also be used to lift and place concrete blocks.

The problem with these alternatives is the size and the cost. Although some of these options have various sizes available, Forklift Blocks are specifically designed for forklifts because they are easy to manoeuvre.

In some cases, using other machines may make the process longer, and require more staff to operate safely. For those with a limited budget, and/or those undertaking a small-scale project, forklifts present the easiest way to place concrete blocks.

Are Forklift Blocks one size?

No, Forklift Blocks are available in more than one size depending on the supplier. The Forklift Blocks we supply are available in two sizes, these are 1800x 600 × 600 mm (1560 kg) and the 1600 × 800 × 800 mm (2460 kg) block with forklift slots.

What size can I lift a forklift block with my hands?

You can not, forklift blocks are heavyweight by nature, meaning they can not be lifting with anything other than heavy machinery. Our Interlocking Concrete Blocks are available in various sizes, we do not recommend lifting any bare-handed as the risk of injury, both serious and permanent is too high,

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.

Buy a Forklift Block today

As an established supplier all over the UK, PPC Concrete Products is always happy to help, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have or have a look at our FAQ.

In this blog, we hope to have provided key information for the question ‘What are Forklift Blocks?’ Whilst also providing additional information, including 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 concrete products, and ultimately, how we can help you today.

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