Service At Land Record Speed From The BIL Group!

BIL are proud that we have recently been able to assist with the Bloodhound Land Speed engineering project.

We were recently approached by the project to provide lifting equipment suitable for them to complete various aspects of the design and build of the Bloodhound SSC car. Using one of our forklift jacks they have been able to safely carry out engineering work on this important and exciting project.

The Bloodhound project’s aim is to break the current land speed record set over 20 years ago which stands at 763,035mph. The project has been setup to show how new technologies and advances are helping the industry push new boundaries, with the Bloodhound project confident they will break the current record! Soon they will visit South Africa for speed tests which should then hopefully be followed up with their incredible record attempt.

With the Bloodhound project wanting to check our equipment was suitable for their requirements we sent our fully kitted BIL van to their site the following day where we were met with the inspiring vision of the car in its full production phase.

We are regularly approached by companies and project managers to assist with their manual handling requirements always with the aim to help bring their visions to reality and we are always happy to help find the solution.

We are pleased to have been trusted to assist with this project and wish the Bloodhound team all the luck in the world with their record attempt!

IMHX 2019 – A New Division For BIL Group

BIL Group are exhibiting at this years IMHX show at the NEC Birmingham. As well as showcasing our huge Castor and wheel manufacturing capabilities along with our renowned AluTruk and Skoots range we will also be launching a BRAND NEW DIVISION to the group!

Due to continued company investment we are very excited to announce that BIL Equipment will be officially unveiled at this years show! Huge investment has been made on brand new premises, fully qualified engineering staff and the latest machinery to enable BIL Equipment to manufacture in house a whole host of material handling equipment, including a range of high quality steel sack trucks, picking trolleys, turntable trolleys and much much more, most of which will be bespoke to the customers’ requirements.

It is a huge next step in the development of the BIL Group and we cannot thank our customers enough for their continued custom and support to help make this vision a reality.

UK Sales Manager Nathan Jones commented ‘There are some exciting times ahead at the BIL Group and I am looking forward to directly working with new / existing clients to discuss their bespoke requirements. Following on site discussions we already have a some solid bespoke material handling projects underway and it is great to be part of such a forward thinking company! I am directly involved with the consultation stage liaising with our customers and engineering team to provide the very best solutions. I will be at the IMHX show all week so feel free to come and chat to me and see how we can assist with your requirements’

We look forward to seeing everyone at this years show and if you have any projects you may like to discuss or just want to say hello, call on to stands 6C172 & 20C160 and we will be happy to help!

Quality, Service, Innovation and Flexibility….. That’s the BIL difference!

Summer Play Scheme 2019

The local community is hugely important to The BIL Group. Many of our staff are in the local area along with many of our valued customers. For the past few years we have supported the Summer Playscheme

The Calne Summer Play scheme runs for 4 weeks in the Summer Holiday for children of all abilities, aged 6 to 13 years.

The Charity scheme is run by a voluntary committee and funding is received from local organisations, charities and businesses, as well as local fund raising activities. In this case BIL were more than happy to provide the scheme with a £250 to help with their efforts.

They can only run the scheme with voluntary help and are always looking for new committee members and helpers for example moving boxes from one venue to another, bag packing and fund raising. Without the local support the scheme couldn’t run each year so as a company we are very pleased to be able help wherever we can!

Mission Complete For Our Material Handling Sales Manager!

Mission complete for our Material Handling Sales Manager who on Sunday completed the Special Forces 10-mile race over the Clwydian range in North Wales. The route forms part of the Offa’s Dyke path and is a specific route chosen by the directing staff due to the arduous and undulating terrain involving steep ascents and decents throughout the whole race.

The race itself consisted of a mix of general civilians and ex-military personnel alike some (including Nathan) carrying a 35lb Bergen across the treacherous hillsides. That’s equivalent to one of our AluTruks! They are advertised as light, but we are unsure many would want to carry one 10 miles on their back!

Due to the nature of the race a number of details are kept secret however we are pleased to hear Nathan completed the course successfully!

Nathan managed to finish 8th in his category of loadbearing with a finish time of approx. 2hours 40mins. This year he has been raising money via Just Giving for Diabetes UK and has surpassed his initial target of £500 but with a month remaining on his alcohol ban further sponsors would be very much appreciated!

A big well done from all the team at BIL!

If you would like to sponsor Nathan then please follow this link to his JustGiving page:

Keeping Photo Me International On The Move!


BIL Material Handling have manufactured, supplied and maintained Skoots for a number of customers for over 30 years. The industry renowned Skoots Moving Systems ranges from 600kg – 5000kg load capacity. They are Ideal for moving rectangular weighty items such as Switchgear units, Vending machines, Industrial Safes, Bathroom pods and much more.

One of our oldest customers of the Skoots product is Photo Me International who use the Skoots Moving System daily for the install and relocation of Photo booths throughout the UK.

Photo-Me have been established over 50 years and have been siting Photo Booths into shopping centres and supermarkets all that time. Previously they had tried various ways to move the photo booths throughout that 50 years and the easiest and most secure way they could find in recent years was using Skoots.

Tony Stone, Logistics Co-ordinator for Photo Me recently visited BIL Group headquarters in Calne, Wiltshire for a training session on Skoots maintenance and shared his thoughts on the product with us and how he felt they impacted Photo Me International’s day to day operations.

“The Skoots are solid, easy to use and with the multi directional wheels, they are easy to manoeuvre. At times we have to get machines through very tight spaces and the locking of the wheels is fantastic for that. Once the machine is lined up, the wheels are locked and that means the booth moves in a straight line through the space not moving from side to side thus providing stability throughout the install”

“The Skoots are also easy to maintain, with very few moving parts to go wrong. If anything goes wrong or maintenance is required the support from BIL is very good!”

“We have Skoots in our fleet that are over 12 years old and are still going strong. They have been maintained and serviced regularly by the supplier”

Skoots have proven to be a very effective solution for Tony and his team at Photo Me International. The unique design of the Skoots means there is little that can or will go wrong. They are manufactured to the highest standard all within the UK.

Once product is loaded onto the toe of the Skoots and secured with fitting straps. The product can be lifted and lowered with precision using the hydraulic rams located on each side of the Skoots.

Product itself is only required to be 10-15mm from the floor when in transit providing much more stability throughout the relocation or install. When the product has reached its desired location the hydraulic rams are released thus lowering the product carefully to the ground enabling users to remove the Skoots and move onto their next job.

Full training is available on request and onsite demonstrations are welcomed for the Skoots Moving System. One of the UK’s most popular pieces of Material Handling Equipment on the market today!

Manual Handling Awareness

Manual Handling is…

“…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force”. This is in accordance to the HSE Gov.

Manual handling awareness is simply having a basic understanding / concept of the product, environment and limitations of the peoples involved in the task at hand. It is about judging each individual situation through duties such as risk assessments to ensure the job is done in a timely yet professional and safe manner. Just by undertaking simple practices such as this, you are already significantly reducing the chance of injury to your employees or anyone else who may be involved, why is this important? because safety is paramount.

According to HSE GOV, in the UK during 2017 a staggering 22% of employee injuries were due to manual handling errors in one way or another. As a total that was just shy of 134,000 individual cases! So the question remains, what can be done to lower this statistic and prevent these occurrences from firstly rising, but overall prevent them happening in the first place?
The first and possibly most important question to be asked is, does the load require manual handling at all or can mechanical products specifically designed to assist with these jobs be used? For example, a pallet truck is used to lift and locate fully loaded pallets. They should be a tested, maintained and safe product to aid manual handling and are so popular that it would be unheard of to see anyone trying to lift a pallet by hand.

Other manual handling aids include Sack Trucks, a simple two wheel hand truck designed to carry various capacities dependent on brand and specification. Aluminium styles are generally considered a popular option. Generally more expensive however they are lighter as a product, have higher load capacities and can be very durable. Designed well they can be the ultimate go to product within many logistical industries. Other handling assists include conveyors, hoists, forklifts, Skates / Jacks and Skoots moving systems There are countless devices to help move product without the need for manual handling. It is about assessing and selecting the right equipment for each job and not avoiding them purely to decrease the time it takes to complete a task.

Performing a risk assessment is crucial to making a task safe. It is effectively a pre written guideline which includes pre task checks to be carried out and what must be done throughout the task for it to remain safe. Some examples are shown below.

• Check the pathway is clear from current to desired location of the product
• Ensure all relevant PPE is work, Gloves, high visibility jacket, safety glasses, etc.
• Is there a first aid kit close by?
• How many personnel are required to complete the task?

The above are examples but there is much more to consider when completing a risk assessment. Overall a risk assessment can turn into your guide for that particular task and if written correctly it can become part of a companies injury prevention programme.

If mechanical assists cannot be used then, as part of the risk assessment you could look to list ways the manual handling can be made safer. Has the personnel performing the task been fully trained on a manual handling course prior to undertaking the task? Therefore do they know the recommended way to lift product? Can the load be lightened? Although this may increase the trips made to the desired destination it will make the job safer and again reduce risk of injury. If product is located at height can this be reviewed for future work? Storing product you know will have to be manually moved should be at the correct height to prevent employees straining themselves. Is there any adjustments that can be made to flooring / lighting? Although considered smaller factors this is proven to have an impact on prevention of injury.

There is no such thing as a policy to say you cannot lift product at all, only guidelines. This can make it difficult for employers to enforce certain rules that they may want to implement surrounding manual handling. According to the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 manual handling should be limited and only used when mechanical aids cannot be used. When manual handling is necessary then risks must be assessed and minimised as much as possible.
Below are some questions answered surrounding manual handling that may be of benefit to various industry professionals.


Does moving multiple boxes affect the way employers should assess manual handling?


Yes this is something to consider. Firstly are all of the boxes similar weights and sizes? If there are many of them do you risk a repetitive strain injury moving them alone? Can the job be split between manual handling and use of a mechanical aid? Maybe a load rated sack truck can be used to assist with that particular job. Something to also consider is the risk assessment. If multiple journeys are to be made then does this affect the checks made to surrounding environment? For example, if the manual handling is taking place in a warehouse does the area need sectioning off to prevent third parties from changing the dynamics of the job at hand? Another solution may be to include more than one person to carry the goods so the load is equally shared.

We move industrial safes, what needs to be considered?


First and foremost the weight. Industrial safes are large units and tend to be heavy. A risk assessment would need to be carried out before anything else and a safe pathway should be written into this from the start position to desired location. With a product so large and heavy manual handling would likely not be an option so you would revert to handling aids. Such aids popular with this type of item would be Skoots Moving Systems or alternatively Skates or Jacks. Using this equipment gives you a safe and secure method and allows the persons relocating to focus on the direction of travel rather than the product weight itself.

Our product is moved outside, what would impact us with regards to manual handling?


A major factor to consider is the environment. Firstly is it or has it been raining? Wet conditions would have a major impact on safety of the job at hand as would windy conditions. Ideally, in these conditions goods would not be moved by hand if at all. If it is necessary then use of an aid such as sack truck / pallet truck would be recommended. If low weight loading and weather conditions are good. Ensure you stick to the guidelines of a risk assessment. Certain aspects will need to be considered including lighting, moving vehicles, appropriate walkways. It would also be highly recommended to wear correct PPE such as gloves, high visibility jacket and safety boots.

What about manual handling on stairs?


On stairs the laws of gravity are ultimately against you from the offset. After performing your risk assessment and understanding what may impact the job you would need to discover whether the weight of the product is potentially too high or too awkward to manually carry up and down stairs. This would ultimately depend on whether the person feels comfortable handling this weight and would not be off balance when carrying the goods. Carrying light loads is not usually too much of a problem and it is generally considered safe for single items of low load. If there is considerable weight involved or multiple boxes / cartons then the likely solution would be a manual handling aid such as a stair climber sack truck. A stair climber truck will take the load away from the user and allow them to focus on the negotiation of the stair way rather than the product weight. If moving considerable weight it may be a good idea to cordon off the stairway until the task has been performed. This would be something to consider and implementing when designing / creating a risk assessment. With more weight comes more risk so potentially more personnel could be required for the job depending on the factors.

We operate in a warehouse moving hazardous goods, what needs be considered?


All of the necessary risks should be looked into before undertaking movement of hazardous goods. Simply put the company should revert to the guidelines of COSHH (Control of substances hazardous to health) this would give you a much better insight into making a job safer for your employees along with adhering to general manual handling guidelines.


In conclusion it is safe to say that manual handling awareness impacts a huge part of how modern businesses are run today. Implementing the correct methods before tasks are undertaken is key to reducing the amount of injury occurrences happening within the workplace.

Summer Fun In Calne Playscheme!

For the second year running, BIL Group are pleased to donate to the Summer Fun In Calne Playscheme!

The Playscheme is a charity running through the summer holidays to give the children in Calne a safe environment to have fun with their friends!

The Charity scheme is run by a voluntary committee. Funding is received from local organisations, charities and businesses, as well as local fund raising activities.

They can only run with voluntary help and are always looking for new committee members and general public help. For example moving boxes from one venue to another, bag packing and fund raising.

Without additional support the future of the scheme is less certain. It brings a great deal of fun to a lot of children every holiday and it would be very sad if it was to stop.

We believe these sorts of events are vital in the local community and like to shout about them and support them whenever we can!

We think what they do is fantastic and we are very pleased to help! Keep up the good work!

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