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Your Guide to Becoming a Forklift Operator

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Operating a forklift takes a degree of skill and knowledge of health and safety for the job to be done effectively. If you’re wondering how to become a forklift driver, or whether it’s even the right job for you, this article will explore key questions such as standard duties, salary expectations, training requirements, and how to start a career in this area.  Job description for a forklift operator  A job description may vary depending on the workplace, but generally a forklift operator is responsible for operating a forklift machine to stack, transport and maneuver goods, containers or pallets. Often this is…

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Common Forklift Faults and How to Fix Them

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Over the course of its lifetime, your forklift truck may gradually start to develop faults which affect its everyday performance. In this article, we’ve listed some of the most common problems dealt with by operators, and how they can be fixed. Remember, you should always be monitoring the condition of your machine and enlisting the help of a professional if you want a problem to be diagnosed and fixed properly. Forklift does not start If it won’t start up, your forklift is pretty much useless. The cause of the problem could be something as obvious as a flat battery or lack…

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The Dangers of Casual Forklift Training

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What is casual forklift training?  Casual forklift training is that which is carried out informally, with no official goal or accreditation. Some employers allow inexperienced newcomers to be trained by their existing forklift operators, rather than by professional training providers, which is highly concerning considering the level of risk that comes with operating a forklift truck. Some of the people carrying out this training have also never been instructed by an accredited trainer, which only worsens the problem.   Although there are some elements of forklift driving which may be adequately explained in-house by experienced employees, environments such as warehouses and…

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Do I Need A Licence To Drive A Forklift Truck?

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Want to be able to drive a forklift truck but unsure of the requirements? You’re not alone – with so many different options available for training, certification and licensing, it can be confusing to know what’s necessary for you to get started. Read on to find out how to make sure you’re ready to start operating your forklift – it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think. The basics A licence isn’t essential to drive a forklift truck, but there are a few requirements that you must meet in order to safely operate one. Age – the HSC Approved Code…

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The Business Cost of Forklift Accidents

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When forklifts are used in an industrial setting, such as a warehouse for instance, they can quickly improve the efficiency and internal flow of labour. They make difficult, tedious jobs more manageable for workers, allowing them to distribute, organise and transport goods quickly and effectively. However, statistics show that over 1,300 employees in the UK are hospitalised due to forklift accidents each year. Poor health and safety procedures, which can lead to the improper use of forklifts, can have serious consequences for a business — monetary and otherwise. The cost of damaged machinery Forklifts are valuable assets to a business. If…

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How Is It Possible for a Forklift Not to Tip Over?

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Forklifts are relatively compact vehicles and yet are capable of carrying extremely heavy loads. At first glance, you may wonder how the forklift achieves this without toppling forward. The answer is actually quite simple, and it all comes down to one thing: physics. In this article, we’re going to explain how forklift stability works and how to stay safe when lifting heavy loads. Counterweight Physics teaches us that stability occurs when a force is balanced with an equal, opposite force. Forklifts attest to this theory by countering the heavy weight at the front with an equal or greater weight at the…

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What Are the Different Types of Forklift Training?

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There is a common misconception regarding forklift licenses and the corresponding training. Many people presume the process of receiving a forklift license is similar to receiving a driving license — everyone takes a standardised test and, once passed, receives a shiny new license that allows them to drive any car (with a few exceptions) anywhere in the country. The truth is, forklift licenses don’t really exist. Not physical licenses anyway. Instead, you will receive a physical certificate upon completing a training course. If your employer deems this certification to be sufficient enough to operate the forklift safely and properly, they will…

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5 Ways To Prevent Forklift Accidents

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Workplace accidents can result in pain and loss of livelihood for an employee, and legal problems for an employer. Forklift accidents are no exception, and therefore prevention is paramount to meet your duty of care.   Vehicles and machinery handling will always have an element of danger. By becoming aware of the possible pitfalls and endeavouring to stop accidents in their tracks, you will ensure a safer, happier working environment for all.   How to prevent forklift accidents Forklift accidents can be prevented by training staff correctly, investing in safety products, enforcing good workplace practices, and regularly servicing the right equipment…

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BLAXTAIR pedestrian detection system

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The Blaxtair pedestrian detection system is revolutionising workplaces across the country, making a huge difference to institutions using forklifts and similar vehicles. With a number of beneficial features, the system can make a huge difference in keeping workplaces a safe yet efficient and productive place. Here, we explain a little more about what is is that the BLAXTAIR pedestrian system does and how it works. What is BLAXTAIR? An intelligent, on-board camera, the BLAXTAIR is designed to prevent collisions occurring between industrial trucks and pedestrians working within the industrial site. The solution allows for efficient work within the industrial site that…

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New location for Safety Conference

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The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) are renowned for their annual Safety Conference, taking place during summer each year. The venue plays an important role in the success of the conference each year it is held, and this year will be no exception with a fantastic new venue recently announced. The 2016 conference will be held at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre, near Coventry, and will be sponsored by Jungheinrich UK. What happens at the conference? The conference addresses key issues in the forklift industry, focusing on those which directly impact upon those workers operating the trucks. Events…

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