Operator training should always include three stages:
Basic training: the basic skills and knowledge required to operate a lift truck safety and efficiently.
Specific job training: knowledge and understanding of the operating principles and controls of the lift truck to be used and how it will be used in their workplace.
Familiarisation training: applying what has been learnt, under normal working conditions, on the job.
Courses are designed to suit the needs of operators with varying degrees of experience. Other options include a conversion course (for the experienced operator when changing to another type of truck) and programmes for instructors and supervisors.
The Health and Safety at Work Act Provision and Safe Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 98) and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER 98) – or their equivalent in other countries – must be complied with at all times to ensure that operators and other personnel in the area in which a lift truck is working are not subject to any risks.
Once fully trained, at the beginning of every shift, the operator should check the equipment in accordance with the handbook. Any defects should be reported immediately. Checks may include: damage to tyres, lights and fluid levels.