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Forklift Operator Training

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Forklift Operator Training

So – you have decided which forklift to buy or hire, and now you need to make sure that your operators are fully trained and ready to operate them.

Who needs training?

All operators of forklift trucks, pallet trucks, managers and supervisors.

How old does a forklift operator need to be?

School leaving age.

Will one certificate cover an operator for all types of forklift?

No – for example, a licence for a reach truck will not cover an operator for a counterbalance truck.

Does the forklift operator need a car driving licence?

No – unless the forklift will be driven on the road.

Does training the operator mean a company will comply with Health and Safety standards for Insurance Companies?

Yes, training courses are to National standards.

If the operator is trained on a company’s own premises, what do they need to supply?

The equipment the operator will be working with, and enough room for practical training. The advantage to training on site is that the trainer can point out specific safety considerations.

How many people can get trained at once?

Usually it is possible to train up to three operators on the same course.

How long does the qualification last?

It is recommended that operators be tested regularly, every 3-5 years, or if they have not been driving a forklift for a long time.

What kind of courses are on offer?

  • 5 day novice course – for complete beginners.
  • Conversion courses – to cover a change of truck for an already qualified operator.
  • 3 day training course – suitable for an operator who has had practical experience but needs a licence.
  • 1 day refresher course – for a trained operator whose licence is due for renewal.

Solution MHE can offer driver training to NPORS accreditation, training at your site and novice and refresher courses, along with retests and conversion courses.

Talk to us about your individual and company needs.

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