So we’re at the beginning of a brand new year and most of us turn our thoughts to New Year’s Resolutions or think about changes we wish to make for the new year ahead.
For anyone considering a career change, and think a career as a Forklift Truck driver might be for you, here’s what you need to know to get started…
Firstly, there’s no formal licencing office for Forklift operators and no official licence either, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t necessary training to undertake before getting started on a new career. The 1974 Safety and Work Act that states:
“The provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of all his employees.”
Many industry experts insist that formal Forklift Training be required by law and this is where Forklift Agency can help. Working as Forklift Operator means undergoing the relevant training and there are 6 accrediting bodies approved by the Health & Safety Executive, these are;
- Lantra Awards
- Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT)
- National Plant Operators Registration Scheme Ltd
- Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) Ltd
- Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR)
Here at Forklift Agency, we are proud to offer ITSSAR Health and Safety approved Forklift Training to both companies and individuals. We offer training that works around you, we don’t charge for weekend training or travelling cost and we offer training at a time and place to suit you.
We cover training on everything from the popular Counterbalance and Reach to the less common Telescopic Handler and Rough Terrain. We offer both Novice and Refresher courses and these include training on equipment checks, cargo handling and safe manoeuvring of vehicles.
As many individuals we train are brand-new forklift drivers we understand they have little appreciation for the fact that built-in counterbalances only go so far in preventing a forklift from tipping over. Forklifts are designed to remain in balance under a full load however when a forklift is either empty or overloaded, balance then becomes an issue. New operators need to know how to deal with these issues safely.
So, if you think that a Forklift Operator is the career for you, Forklift Agency can help. Get in touch today for more information, call 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we will get back to you.
If you’re an employer and you have staff members, novice or experienced, that you’d like to put though training, simply contact us to arrange a time and place to suit you.
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