The need for training
Since its inception the lift truck has proven to be invaluable across industry, however every year thousands of people are injured and many killed by lift trucks. The majority of these accidents are avoidable, some are due to the lack of training of operators and some are due to operator error.
Training has been identified and proven to reduce accidents, cut operating costs and improve productivity and efficiency.
Training is a requirement of Law.
Companies operating lift trucks should ensure that they are complying with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and guide - lines laid down in the Approved Code of Practice.
Extracts from the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974
It is the duty of every employer to secure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and welfare of all employees while at work
2 ( c ) Providing any information, instruction,training and supervision needed to secure the health and safety of employees at work.
Extracts from the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Regulation 9 - Training
Employees must receive adequate training for the purposes of health and safety.
Supervisors/managers must receive adequate training for the purposes of health and safety.