Forklift trucks are widely used for moving materials and goods, but they are involved in about a quarter of all workplace transport incidents.
The deaths and injuries caused can ruin lives and businesses. Even when an incident does not cause injury, it can still mean costly damage to forklift trucks, buildings, fittings and goods.
As an employer you are required to provide basic training and testing for all forklift truck operators, as when properly trained the risk of forklift truck accidents in the workplace is reduced.
Basic training covers all the skills and knowledge needed to safely operate the type of forklift truck and handling attachments the trainee will use, including awareness of the risks from forklift truck operation.
After basic training, the trainee should be able to …
State the reasons for operator training, the risks and causes of accidents.
State the responsibilities of operators to themselves and others.
Identify the basic construction and main components of the fork-lift truck.
Locate and state the purpose of all controls and instruments and how to use them.
Identify various forms of loan, asses weight and load centre.
State the factors which affect machine stability.
Follow correct procedures when loading and unloading vehicles.
Make visual checks to ascertain the safety, soundness and rating of structures.
Pick up and place loads, and drive and manoeuvre the machine forward, in reverse, laden, unladen, on inclines, in restricted spaces and on level ground.
Park the machine.
Carry out inspection and maintenance tasks.
State what to do in an emergency while in control of a forklift truck
There is no specific time period after which you need to provide refresher training, however usually between 3-5 years is the best way to make sure employees stay competent.
DBI Control has ensured our employees with Forklift truck training are up to date, and recently they attended refresher training at TL Training in Bromborough to maintain good driving habits, and to stay prepared for any impending projects that may require it.