These five Finalists are the year’s best examples of the drive to keep fork lift truck operators comfortable and safe, while achieving the highest levels of productivity and efficiency. 


Yale - MPT Series rider pallet truck

The series has been designed to ensure operators of all sizes can find the comfortable positions which can result in greater productivity.

A unique adaptive seat offers sit, lean and stand functionality at the touch of a button, giving operators full freedom of movement, whether for short or long transfers.

Key features include: low step height for easier on-off access, large floor space, solid grab handle, compact chassis for convenient Europallet handling, electronic fly-by-wire steering, clear views and an easily operated butterfly switch that gives control of direction and speed.


Crown Lift Trucks


RT Series ride-on pallet truck


Like all Crown forklift trucks, ergonomics play an important role in design, for optimum operator productivity.

The RT Series ride-on pallet truck is another example: packed full of ergonomically superior features that combine to make it the operator's truck of choice.

For long-distance, high throughput applications, the sit-down model features a height-adjustable floorboard for optimum comfort levels, plus a full-suspension seat which offers a higher seating position for better visibility all around.

The stand-up model provides best-in-class ride comfort with a suspended floorboard, wrap-around soft foam lean pad and a choice of right or left-hand steering.


Linde Materials Handling


N20 low level order picker with Optipick

The Optipick option for Linde low level order pickers features a remote control wrist band that allows an operator to ‘call’ the N20 truck remotely so that it can be brought along the aisle towards him/her. The key advantage of this is that the operator no longer needs to walk back and forth between the truck and racking carrying picked goods. 

The N20 will automatically stop if anything moves in its path. It can even drive around obstacles and senses when it is at the end of an aisle – automatically stopping to avoid moving into an area of cross-traffic. 

At any time, the operator can step onto the truck platform and use the truck as a conventional manually controlled machine. 

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks


SENSiA reach truck cold store cabin


The SENSiA reach truck cold cabin range features the world’s largest and most efficient cabin. Uniquely, it accommodates drivers of all sizes – thanks to an outwardly-curved door profile.

Generously insulated against noise and vibration, all controls are kept in each reach, minimising driver fatigue – even on the longest shifts. Its revolutionary palm rest minimises elbow strain – reducing the risk of RSIs associated with intensive reach truck operations.

Its slim-beam profile and large glass arecombine, offering 360-degree visibility, while its rugged steel frame’s unique hi-vis polycarbonate roof which gives excellent upward views, while protecting operators against falling debris of all sizes. 




BT Staxio

With the compactness of a stacker and the flexibility of a reach truck these trucks handle any pallet type up to 4.8m. The short-turning radius and retractable mast make this ideal for working in narrow aisles and tight spaces.

All driver functions are integrated in the handle, making the new models very easy to operate. Optimised Truck Performance adjusts speed when cornering and the Totalview concept allows for excellent visibility through the mast to the fork tips at any height.

The platform SPE-version, with ‘one-touch’ foldable gates and in-height adjustable steering arm, further improves driver ergonomics.



MPT Series rider pallet truck