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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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Female Tornado Pilot to Speak at FLTA Safety Conference

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On the 29th June, the Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) National Fork Lift Safety Conference will take place for the 14th year. The conference sees industry insiders from across the country meet up in Coventry to share knowledge and advice on all aspects of forklift safety. The theme for this year’s event is Leadership and Ownership, with issues such as staff accountability being debated. Jo Salter, Britain’s first female fast jet pilot and successful management consultant, is taking part in the event, sharing her previous experience of being entrusted with military hardware worth £25 million. Jo Salter: An inspiration As a…

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Temporary Christmas workers lacking basic skill sets

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In today’s society, there is an ever-growing popularity for hiring temporary workers over the festive period to provide assistance with over-worked existing staff in stores, restaurants and cafes bursting at the seams with custom and stock. This increase in temporary staffing is unsurprising, as with the British public due to set a record breaking online shopping spree in the lead up to Christmas this year, warehouses which do not have enough workers to deal with stock and orders will fall short and suffer the consequences with added stress and higher incidents of mistakes made during the processing of customers’ orders. However,…

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East Midlands Forklifts & The One Show!

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With the upcoming General Election just around the corner, many of us may still be deciding where to cast our votes. Those that are in the Loughborough area and are still undecided may now have another option: The Whistle While You Work Party. Formed by professional whistler Sheila Harrod, the party’s simple manifesto is to bring back the age-old tradition of whistling while going about your daily work – something that she claims has been lost in the modern age. So how is this connected to East Midlands Forklifts? East Midlands Forklifts on the BBC Well, Sheila’s campaign has caught the…

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International Forklift Truck of the Year Nominees, 2015

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Back in January, we previewed the upcoming Fork Lift Truck Association Awards for Excellence, the UK’s premier awards event for the materials handling sector. This time around, we set our sights overseas towards the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) competition, 2015, to be held in Germany in the not-too-distant future. IFOY Setup in order to highlight and celebrate outstanding developments in the world of forklifts and materials handling, the IFOY award helps to drive healthy competition between those companies operating in the manufacturing of equipment in this industry. Now entering its third year, the award is the brainchild of…

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The 2015 FLTA Awards

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This February 28th, the International Centre in Shropshire will be welcoming the annual Fork Lift Truck Association Awards for Excellence, the most anticipated event in the materials handling industry’s calendar. This year, the event’s 21st, will see the FLTA Awards moving to the International Centre for the first time, finding a new home in the £250 million conference centre that’s appropriately located in the heart of the historical region that birthed the Industrial Revolution centuries ago. Jonny Gould, ITV London Tonight host and experienced TV presenter, will be back once again to take care of Master of Ceremony duties, hosting and presenting…

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Forklift Safety with the FLTA

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By the very nature of the work, forklift use is governed by a wide and sometimes confusing variety of health and safety laws, regulations and guidelines. From the Health and Safety Executive to various government departments, changes and updates to legislation is a regular occurrence. That’s why the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has developed the Safe User Group as a way to simplify the whole process, pulling together the 23 different sets of legislation and regulations into an easy-to-digest package. The group caters for all forklift owners and users, ensuring that important safety information regarding their operation doesn’t get lost…

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The National Fork Truck Heritage Centre

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Want to know more about the History of the Forklift Truck? Fancy witnessing first-hand the evolution of lift and fork truck machinery, visiting exhibitions of important and pioneering models throughout the development of the vehicles? All this is possible at the National Fork Truck Heritage Centre in Derbyshire. Situated at Swanwick Junction, one of the stations on the charming heritage Midland Railway – Buttterley line, the centre was built to educate and celebrate the impact that forklift trucks have had across the industrial world – the only such museum in the world to do so. Dedicated to demonstrating the evolution of…

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History of the Forklift Truck

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Throughout human history, tools and machinery have been invented with the purpose of making difficult tasks easier. From the Stone Age invention of the lever to Archimedes’ screw, the designing and building of apparatus to perform work beyond people’s capabilities has driven industrial evolution forwards at an accelerated rate. The development of the modern day forklift is no exception to this. Arguably the combination of various different load-bearing machines that were introduced during the industrial revolution of the early 19th century, the forklift trucks of today are the culmination of centuries of adaptation and alteration, beginning life as simple, hand-operated baggage…

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Why Is Forklift Servicing Important?

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When working with any heavy duty machinery, ensuring that regular servicing and repairs are carried out is a must, and forklifts are definitely no exception to this. HSE statistic show that between 2001 and 2006, there were 21,190 reported injuries as a result of forklift accidents, with 94 of these being fatal and 5,758 major, and has subsequently drawn up an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to standardise forklift safety use. The code stipulates a number of regulations, including stating the minimum amount of training that all forklift users must undergo. Following a couple of high profile forklift accidents recently, safety…

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