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Morgan Training provides ITSSAR accredited forklift truck training on site at company premises anywhere in the UK at very competitive prices and with the added benefit of being able to train for you at weekends and 24 hours a day at no extra cost.
Forklift training on site has the advantage of operators being familiar with the actual equipment and types of loads they will be using in their daily working environment. There is also no wasted travel time or expense for the delegates, or you. The benefits for companies who invest in fork lift operator training far outweigh the cost of any training course. Apart from meeting your health & safety obligations, a skilled workforce will result in a more efficient handling operation and less accidental damage.
Forklift Operator Training should always include three stages:
Basic training should cover fully all the skills and knowledge needed to safely operate the type of forklift truck and handling attachments the trainee will use, including awareness of the risks from forklift truck operation. It should take place ‘off the job’, without the pressures of production. ITSSAR testing Instructors will continuously assess a trainee’s progress to ensure they achieve the required standards throughout training. At the end of the training, the trainee should pass a test, or tests, to demonstrate that they have the necessary practical and theoretical knowledge and skills to operate forklift trucks safely.
Forklift Training "On-The-Job" will normally follow the completion of basic training, but may be combined or integrated with it. It will be tailored to each client’s particular needs.
Familiarisation training is the third stage of training, which should be carried out on the job, under close supervision by someone with appropriate knowledge.
Monitoring and assessment Forklift truck operators
Even those who are trained and experienced, need to be routinely monitored and, where necessary, retested or refresher trained to make sure they continue to operate forklift trucks safely. You can identify the need for further training using a formal monitoring and assessment process, carried out by a suitably competent person, such as an ITSSAR instructor. Formally timetable this assessment, eg a retest, to make sure it is done at reasonable intervals. Where an operator fails this assessment, arrange further training for them. You may find it useful to record these assessments in operators’ personnel records.
Regular refresher training will ensure operators: ■ maintain good driving habits; ■ learn new skills where appropriate; ■ reassess their abilities.
Refresher training or retesting might also be appropriate where operators: ■ have not used forklift trucks for some time; ■ are occasional users; ■ appear to have developed unsafe working practices; ■ have had an accident or near miss; ■ have changed their working practices or environment.
There is no specific time period after which you need to provide refresher training or formal assessment. However, you may decide that automatic refresher training or a retest after a set period of time (eg 3-5 years) is the best way to make sure employees stay competent. Where you adopt this approach, you will still need to monitor performance in case operators need extra training before the set period ends.
Conversion training enables trained and experienced drivers to extend the range of forklift trucks they are qualified to drive. It involves learning to operate a truck of a different category, such as a counterbalanced operator converting to operate, eg a reach truck, articulated lift truck, or very narrow aisle man-up stacking truck. Conversion training should follow a similar pattern to initial lift-truck training, including basic, specific job, and familiarisation training and testing.
Successful training depends on the competence of instructors. You, as an employer, need to assess the competence of any training organisation you choose, as it is your responsibility to ensure your operators are properly trained. Ask instructors to supply evidence of their training and post-training experience on the type of truck to be used, both as instructor and operator, along with documentation such as: ■ a valid certificate of training (instructor qualification); ■ an insurance certificate (public liability at least); ■ proof they can train on the vehicles concerned.
All forklift truck training courses are offered on a maximum three delegates to one instructor ratio and we cater for all skill levels of operator on all types of trucks such as Counter Balance, Reach Truck, Pallet Truck, Telescopic Handler, Pivot Steer, to name a few.
We provide courses for complete novices, semi-experienced operators, refreshers and conversion courses and up to three delegates of similar ability can be trained at the same time. We can also provide bespoke courses to suit your exact site requirements.
Morgan Training Solutions offers Forklift Training throughout Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, including Chelmsford, Southend, Romford, Colchester, Basildon, Harlow, Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Cambridge, Norwich and in all Boroughs of East London.
Morgan Training is able to offer the same quality of forklift truck training throughout the UK by appointing qualified and registered associate trainers. Our trainers will visit your site, warehouse, factory or any industrial premises anywhere in the UK to provide excellent instruction including London, Bristol, Portsmouth, Southampton, Cardiff, Swansea, Lincoln, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds and we welcome enquiries for forklift training nationwide.
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