July 2018 - What to Expect on a Counterbalance Forklift Truck Operator Course?

Counterbalance Forklift TruckAn RTITB approved course will give you all the skills you need to operate a Counterbalance Forklift Truck safely and efficiently. Counterbalance Forklift Trucks are the most common trucks used in indoor warehouses and stores. They can also be used outdoors on stable and even surfaces and have dual forks at the front of the truck that lift and transport the loads.

Here are some of the common questions asked before attending the course:

Is the training course all about driving the forklift truck?
No. You will get a mixture of practical and theory training. The theory part covers topics like legislation, causes of accidents, operators' safety code and the stability characteristics of the course.

Will the truck loads on training be the same as my workplace?
An RTITB approved training course has been designed to simulate a variety of different workplace scenarios. However, not every scenario can be covered but the course will give all the basics to operate a counterbalance forklift truck.

How long will the course be for an experienced operator?
If you have trained and have successfully tested before, you can do a 1 day refresher course. If you are experienced but have never formally trained or tested, you are eligible to do a 3 day course. Contact Wallace School, an accredited RTITB training provider, to help you choose the right course and duration.

If you have any more questions, call Wallace Forklift Training for free on 0800 612 8948, choose option 3 or click here to email us.

RTITB LogoMay 2018 - RTITB warns how the risks are increased by unaccredited “in-house” forklift training

Following the theme from our March Blog, RTITB warns about the risks of using unaccredited forklift training companies.

Laura Nelson, RTITB Managing Director says that the failings of in-house training only become apparent when there is an incident. Accredited training is externally verified and confirmed as meeting the requirements of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) Regulation 9.

Even if the in-house forklift training programme includes delivery of a course by RTITB registered instructor, this does not provide training at the level compliant with PUWER explains Laura Nelson. Likewise, companies using accredited training organisations to deliver an ‘in-house only’ certificate are also not providing training at an independently verified standard.

 RTITB accreditation of a company enables the business to deliver training that is compliant with relevant legislation and Codes of Practice,” says Laura, explaining that in the event of an incident, RTITB accreditation also means businesses and their employees can prove high quality training has been provided and that appropriate safety measures have been taken. And in turn reduce costs and improve efficiencies in their business.

Accredited training offers a clear record of what was covered in the training and the duration of the training, as well as information to confirm that testing took place under the proper conditions. Conversely, in-house courses may not cover all of the required topics for skilled operation and safety and in addition, the testing process cannot be guaranteed to have been administered correctly and fairly.  In the event of an accident, in-house training may not have the protection of a clear audit trail demonstrating that they have done what is required by law.

Wallace School of Transport is a fully accredited RTITB company and therefore rest assured that you will receive the best possible forklift training at an affordable cost.

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March 2018 - What to Look for when Choosing a Forklift Training Organisation?

It is vitally important for those looking for forklift training to choose the right organisation, as it could impact their job prospects. The forklift training organisation, and not just the person providing training, must be RTITB accredited.

If you are not sure an organisation is RTITB accredited, ask them to show you a copy of the certificate of a person who has passed. The certificate must have the following information:

Sample certificate from RTITB Accredited organisation

  • an RTITB Accredited Training Organisation
  • Operator Training Number
  • The person who has passed must have his name entered on the RTITB NORS database

Click on the image to see a sample certificate from an RTITB Accredited organisation.  

Choose your forklift training provider wisely as it will enhance your job prospects.