Before you go on a forklift training course you do need to find out what you will be taught. A good course will have a training plan and should incorporate the following:
Pre Shift / Pre operational checks
Safe operation of a Forklift
Training routines driving skills
General safe practices
Racking, pallets, roll cages, handling symbols
The Forklift Assessments theory and practical
Before a Practical Assessment can occur you must have received formal training and have completed the Forklift Theory Assessment. Once that has been completed you then can attempt the practical assessment. A forklift operator must be trained and hold the relevant Certificate of Competency to operate a forklift in the workplace.
Before you drive the forklift you must check it to make sure it is safe to use, the forklift can be a dangerous machine if it is faulty or if the operator does not fully understand how to use it.
Read the operators manual and manufacture’s handbook before attempting to complete the checks needed and to familiarise yourself with the components of your forklift.
The main purpose of pre operational checks:
• Identify and report damage or faults
• check for leaks
• Prevent accidents
• Maintain the forklift
Making sure that the forklift is in a safe area, away from pedestrians and overhead obstructions, you can split the checks into three sections-
1. External check
2. Internal check
3. Operational check
What is involved in the Forklift Test? What are they going to get me to do?
With regards to the Forklift Test, I will try and make it simple and easy to understand.
Before an applicant can undertake a practical test they must have completed their structured training and also on the job training documented in a log book and signed off by a licenced Supervisor.
Think of the forklift test in three parts:
• Pre Operational Check of the Forklift Truck.
• Inspection of the work site
• identification of work site hazards and the selection of control measures
• Checking controls on Equipment
• Operation of Forklift Truck, including the movement of various loads, pick up and placement of loads from low, medium and high level racking
• Shifting & Stacking Loads
• Loading and Unloading
• Correct shut down and parking procedure for Forklift Truck.
• Securing the site
You will be asked some questions either during or after the assessment to establish the reasons for your decisions and actions.
Don’t be frightened as the assessor will use his / her discretion in assessing competence under each criteria.