The 7 Classes of Forklifts and Forklift Safety

Posted by | January 29, 2018 | Latest News, News


If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about the classes of forklift, then wonder no more because we have the 7 classes of Forklift listed right here!


Class 1: Electric Motor Rider Trucks

Class 2: Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Truck

Class 3: Electric Motor Hand Truck

Class 4: Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (cushion tyres: indoor use)

Class 5: Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (pneumatic tyres: outdoor use)

Class 6: Electric and Internal combustion engine tractors

Class 7: Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks


It’s also worth a mention that no matter which class of forklift you may be using daily safety checks should also be carried out, for your own sake, your staff and other operators and pedestrians around you. There are also other safety procedures that should be followed in order to ensure a safe working environment, such as;


  1. Always use safe speeds
  2. Avoid abrupt stops
  3. Remember that pedestrians always have the right of way
  4. Don’t pick up other riders
  5. Always be aware of the fork position
  6. Always keep in lane
  7. Watch out for blind spots
  8. Always be aware of conditions of the floor
  9. Slow down and sound the horn at corners
  10. Keep the load level stationary when in motion


The benefits of keeping up to date of forklift safety and safe operation are immeasurable. It is an employers’ duty under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to provide information, instruction, supervision and training to employees. It is also a requirement that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for health and safety reasons as is stated under the Use of Work Equipment Work Regulations 1998.


With this in mind, it’s highly important to ensure that you and your staff are up to date with your refresher training and this is where Forklift Agency can help. We provide both novice and refresher training and we can provide the training at a time and place to suit you. The training is health and safety approved and we don’t charge travelling costs.


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