The Beginner’s Guide To Forklift Truck Training

Although there is no such thing as a physical forklift truck license, there is training and certification that are required in order to operate a forklift truck both safely and effectively. Counterbalance forklift trucks are the most common type of forklift truck, therefore keeping your forklift training up to date for this type of truck is crucial.

Why is forklift truck training so important?

Forklift trucks are an essential tool in modern society, and increasingly used by a number of businesses. However, this valuable tool can also be dangerous and cause fatal accidents to both the user and bystanders, which is why forklift maintenance and forklift driver training is an essential and legal requirement. Forklift accidents can result in loss of life, injuries and damage to property.

Each year around 1,000 workers in the UK are seriously injured or worse in forklift truck accidents. Investigators have found that some accidents have occurred due to wear and tear as well as the irregular maintenance of forklift trucks. Health & Safety experts have, in some cases, also highlighted that drivers have had little or no training or haven’t been enrolled on training courses at all. These accidents typically occur due to the driver’s error, untrained drivers and those operating a forklift carrying above the maximum load capacity. This is why it is necessary that great emphasis is placed on forklift truck training to reduce such mishaps with the necessary training provided to all forklift users.

Increase the overall workplace safety

Forklifts, if used incorrectly, can create a number of hazards for both the operator and any one or anything within close proximity. Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 it’s the law to ensure all staff members have completed full forklift training before operating one. Training is also required under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which works to ensure employees are safe at work.

Forklift training will improve the overall safety, productivity and efficiency of any workplace. There are a number of benefits to forklift training including, lower stress levels and an increase in production. Training can often include information on dealing with heavy loads, pre operation checks and carrying fewer goods when necessary whilst operating a forklift. Forklift truck training will enable employees to have a full understanding of their equipment, and this will have a positive impact on employee performance whilst also reducing the risks involved for a forklift operator.

During training employees will learn the limitations, capabilities and design of a forklift truck, and this knowledge will enable them to work higher productivity. As previously mentioned, training will also address the most common issues for forklift operators, such as tipping, heavy equipment and speed limits to help ensure that drivers know how to deal safely with any issue that comes their way. The ability to operate a forklift safely is absolutely crucial when operating a forklift in a warehouse, a construction site or any industrial workplace environment.

Counterbalance Forklift Training

For Counterbalance trucks; we provide a full novice course, a refresher course for those out with their yearly refresher, and a 1 day refresher course to keep the regular users in date, the courses are specialist and for that reason have a maximum of 3 trainees per course.

During peak times working environments can become increasingly stressful, and this is commonly when errors happen. Proper training can help ensure employees know what they’re doing, and are able to keep calm and continue to to operate the machine safely. Forklift operators are required to a full vehicle inspection each time before they use the truck, they’re also required to designated forklift zones at all times, and keep stay within safe speed limits.

What qualifications do you need to drive forklift trucks?

There aren’t any specific qualifications in order to become a forklift driver. However employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that staff and equipment are safe. As a result of this the industry and government have worked together to develop training courses, and have made this beginner forklift training a requirement for forklift drivers.

Although it is not a part of the law to ensure all staff receive a refresher training course, it is a requirement that employees should be monitored and assessed regularly to see whether refresher training would be beneficial to them. Also, if you employ new staff, they should still be trained with your forklifts even if they’ve been trained in a previous workplace! Different workplaces use different forklifts so what an employee may have used in one workplace, may to be different to their new workplace. The type of forklift in use can affect a number of safety factors including speed limit, load limits and pre-operational inspection.

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How long does forklift training take?

Operator Training is absolutely essential to comply with safe working practices and to make the most of your forklift truck. Permatt are able to deliver complete training programmes to ensure that your drivers comply with the latest legislative requirements. For Counterbalance trucks we provide a full novice course, a refresher course for those out with their yearly refresher, and a 1 day refresher course to keep the regular users in date. The courses are specialist and for that reason have a maximum of 3 trainees per course.

Then length of training courses can vary. Our team are on always on hand to answer any of your queries, so to find out more about our training

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