Course Aims

For new Operators.

On completion of the course, the operators will know:
a) Their statutory duties under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
b) The machine identification, terminology and daily maintenance
c) The safety aspects relating to the safe operation of this type of machine
d) The effect of load size, weight, gradients and ground conditions upon machine stability

Course Duration

The duration of this course would depend on the delegate’s skills and previous training and experience.

Course Content

STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS:
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
Section 1 General Duties of Employers
Section 7 & 8 General Duties of Employees
The Powers of the Inspectorate
The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (an overview)
The Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (an overview)

INTRODUCTION TO THE FORK LIFT:
Identification of Controls
Identification of Parts
Identification of Instruments

DAILY INSPECTION TAKE OVER AND MAINTENANCE:
Daily checklist
Daily maintenance
Vehicle condition
Hydraulic condition

REFUELLING PROCEDURES:
Battery powered
Gas powered
Petrol or Diesel powered

CENTRES OF GRAVITY AND LOAD STABILITY:
Load Centres
Fulcrum and Counterbalance
Causes of Instability

DRIVERS RESPONSIBILITY:
Personal Safety
Parking of the forklift
Overloading
Use of additional counterweights

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:
Accident involving fire
Personal injury

SAFE DRIVING PROCEDURES:
No load condition
Loaded condition

LOAD HANDLING: 
Stacking Weight of load – Weight assessment
Security of loads
Loading and off loading vehicles procedures

PRACTICAL:
Truck familiarisation
Daily checks and maintenance
Truck operation, no load condition
General driving on advanced course and course test
Operators safety code
Clients code of practice for fork truck operators
Course review and discussion

Course Certification

An NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme*) Certificate, can be presented to each person on successful completion of this course (includes examination). There is an additional cost of £25.00 per person to join this registration scheme. We would require 2 passport photographs of each delegate, to enable us to present them with this certificate. This course is of standards acceptable to the Health & Safety Executives.