The importance of Forklift Truck driver training

For a company that has to move large items in environments such as warehousing, forklift trucks are an invaluable piece of efficient equipment that can save time and money and make arduous tasks easier. The range of forklifts available on the market today is vast guaranteeing a truck to meet virtually every firm’s requirements.

However, as with the operation of any mechanical equipment of this nature there are health and safety implications with the use of forklift trucks in the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is responsible for managing the risks that occur to people’s wellbeing as a result of workplace activities, does not take kindly to failures when it comes to forklift use. In fact the HSE very recently launched an investigation which resulted in a mushroom farming company being fined in excess of £10,000 due to partly to the fact that forklifts were being operated by drivers who lacked proper training.

The best path to minimising risk is to ensure that professional best practice forklift truck driver training is provided for your forklift truck operatives from RTITB accredited training organisation ACE. They provide forklift truck training in Hampshire and the surrounding areas of Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton or Portsmouth, for a wide range of students from those with no or little forklift operating experience through to experienced forklift operatives looking for a refresher course.
ACE offer expert training in the safe driving and operation of all Battery/Diesel/Gas powered forklift machines, including Counterbalance, and the Reach forklift truck. They can provide tuition at your own premises in an open area either indoors or outdoors, and will require empty and loaded pallets, if available the use of any racking and a quiet room in which to carry out the theory training.

On completion of the course ACE award trainees with an RTITB photo ID certificate which will then enable them to operate any counterbalance forklift up to a 5000 kg lifting capacity (with permission) anywhere in the UK and inclusion on the National Operators Registration Scheme Database (NORS) for 3 years. Alternatively ACE can supply in-house certificates which only allow the trainee to operate forklift trucks/machinery for your company.

If you are interested in Forklift Truck training or any of the other professional qualifications offered by ACE then visit their website or call the friendly team of training experts on 01256 371454 or email