The law requires fork lift truck operators to be trained. Regulation 9 of the Provision and Use
of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 98) states:
“Every employer shall ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received
Adequate training means sufficient for the job which, for fork lift truck operators, will be
measured in days rather than hours.
As well as being a legal requirement there are sound safety and commercial reasons for
ensuring that operators are properly trained. Lost time due to injury has financial implications
as do damaged goods, buildings and trucks. Skilled operators have fewer accidents.
The training of operators usually includes three stages;
Basic Training The basic skills and knowledge required for safe operations.
Specific Job Training Knowledge of the workplace and experience of any special needs.
Familiarisation Training Operation on the job under close supervision.
Different training will usually be required for different types of fork lift tuck. On completion of
training the operator will be given a certificate. This will show the type of truck that he or she
I advise everyone in the warehousing industry read and understand OSHA rules on forklift operation, safety, and certification training. It's the only way to make sure you, as a driver/operator or a manager, are covered under the law.
I am collecting soooo much information because I need to get some forklifts for this year. I have been informed about some brands such as Crown Lift Trucks, which, for example, are marketed and distributed by this Madrid forklift company, Llorsa Carretillas SA (llorsa.com/en). Buy an electric forklift or a forklift truck? Can you advise me? Please!! I need to get as much information as possible because the investment of the purchase is going to be great and necessary to be 100% safe.