Forklift Training Birmingham
Forklift training and forklift qualifications would be a given for all businesses around the Midlands and
After all, operating a forklift is fairly dangerous work. Forklifts are large pieces of machinery with a
number of moving parts and very costly. While they make many tasks much easier, there is a high risk of
injury and property damage, accidents and fatalities if the forklift operator is driving unsafely.
Forklifts can cause damage when items slip off the tynes or become torn or punctured by them. This can
cause the loss of product as well as the spillage of solvents, chemicals or other hazardous substances.
Forklift operator error and accidents cost time and money. They may also result in injury or even death.
Around 28.5% of all workplace fatalities are caused by a falling or tipping forklift load, and around 34% of
worker fatalities in 2016 were drivers of heavy machinery. These operator errors also cause a stunning 3
billion pounds in damaged products per year.
Forklift injuries cause around 80 fatalities and 38,000 serious injury accidents per year. Averaging all stats
for both serious and minor injuries, this means that well over 10 percent of all forklift users will be
involved in some kind of accident in the coming year.
The most common causes of fatal forklift accidents include:
The forklift tipping over and crushing the operator: 42%
Crush injury between the forklift and a surface ground: 25%
Crush injury between 2 forklifts: 11%
Being struck or run over by a forklift: 10%
Struck by falling material being carried by a forklift: 8%
Falling from a forklift platform: 4%
Forklift Training Reduces Accidents, Fatalities
Deaths and major accidents can occur in just about every industry that requires a forklift for operation and
the transportation of goods and products However, the studies have indicated that many forklift accidents
can be prevented by RS Forklift training Birmingham
As you can see, forklift driver safety training is very crucial. It will reduce accidents and fatalities on the
job while also reducing financial losses from damaged to the expensive product. Forklift drivers who
operate MHE (Mechanical handling equipment) without training are putting themselves immediate danger
to both themselves and everyone around the working areas
During the training course at our Birmingham training centre we cover the following area’s which is very
important for all trainees.
Introduction to the truck were all controls of the forklift will be fully demonstrated in the operator training.
Drivers will be able to ask questions and have any elements that are unclear clarified.
With awareness of basic operations, the trainees will also be able to identify if/when there is a faults whilst
carrying out visual check and an operational check with one or more of the forklift’s components. These
issues should be addressed immediately and the risk of accidents due to forklift malfunction will be
One of the most common, dangerous and deadly forklift operator accidents is when a forklift tips over.
Some of the crucial elements of avoiding this type of accident include:
Keeping the load as low to the ground as possible.
Manage elevated loads appropriately to avoid tipping over.
If the forklift does tip, never attempt to jump off it. Staying buckled up and on the forklift shows a higher
rate of survival and a lower rate of injury than attempting to jump from it.
This training will also include education on how basic physics work and basic forklift load management
based on these principles.
Best Practices during the practical training our accredited
training centre in Birmingham
Reduce forklift accident rates for a range of companies are linked with a driver’s keen awareness of the
best practices when using the machine. Some of the most important forklift operator best practices include:
Always wearing the safety belt.
Keep forklift always within safe speeds for the job and the machine.
Use the horn while backing up or approaching blind spots.
Keep loads at least 4 two 6 inches off the ground slight tilt.
Maintain clear visibility at all times.
Use a spotter if visibility is temporarily impaired in the work area.
Don’t overload the forklift’s listed capacity.
Have equipment serviced regularly.
Replace old, inefficient equipment with state of the art machinery that has the latest in safety features.
Safety benefits for your workplace
All MHE drivers should have Basic training certificate which is now registered on the NORS National
registration scheme implementing a comprehensive forklift driver safety training course can help you and
you company to be as safe and efficient as possible in the warehouse or on the work site. In addition to the
obvious safety benefits, providing in-house training to your employees will mean your business will have:
More proficient workers
Less down time
Increased equipment life
Less property damage
A safe operation is paramount to the success of a business. Safety keeps a business viable and helps
contribute to continued profits down the road. Since workers tend to reflect the attitude of the business
owners and management, it is important to make safe forklift use a priority at the highest levels. If you
haven’t yet implemented a forklift driver training course for your workers, it’s time to do so.