Amongst the wealth of new products launched at the Commercial Vehicle show back in April, UK Tail Lift specialists Ratcliff Palfinger also launched new training courses for end-users.

“Today there is an extensive range of tail lifts available on the market, with options allowing the lift to be 'tailored' to meet individual applications. We believe therefore, that our new courses will give all tail lift users a greater understanding, enabling them to specify the 'right' lift to meet their requirements,” explains a Ratcliff Palfinger spokesperson.

“Moreover, all employers must comply with legislation aimed at reducing the risk of accident and protecting their employees health. The Manual Handling Regulations 1992; The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER); and The Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998 (PUWER) are enforced in the UK by the Health and Safety Executive and non-compliance can lead to fines or even imprisonment. Our course will enable employers to fully understand their legal obligations.”

Ratcliff Palfinger manufactures all aluminium Rear Closure Lifts, eliminating the need for roller shutters or doors, thus saving weight and increasing payload.

“The new 1000kg capacity lift, suitable for 7.5 tonne GVW box bodies, has now joined our range, and we estimate that fitting this product saves approximately 215kg over fitting a traditional steel lift ' providing additional payload and hence, saving money. Moreover, fuel consumption is considerably reduced, saving an estimated £161 per year at 50,000 miles per annum. For more information, please visit: