Forklift Truck/MEWPS/HIAB

Quality forklift training at our centre in Portslade or on-site in your workplace.

As an employer you are required to provide basic training and testing for all lift-truck
operators you employ (both new and existing). Properly trained operators can
reduce the risk of lift-truck accidents in your workplace.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) place
certain requirements on employers. You must make sure that all people who use,
supervise or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate training,

Our ITSSAR approved instructors will train your operators and will require them to pass a competence test before certification.

Novice Operator

Experienced untrained operator

Refresher for experienced operator

Conversion counterbalance to reach or reach to counterbalance*

Mobile elevation work platforms (MEWPS) telescopic, boom and scissors*

*on customers site only – please contact us for details

Forklift Training with SIGTA in Brighton, Sussex

After basic training, the trainee should be able to do the following:
■ State the reasons for operator training, the risks associated with lift-truck
operations and the causes of lift-truck accidents.
■ State the responsibilities of operators to themselves and others, including their
duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) to take
reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other people and
co-operate with employers and others to help them comply with their legal duties.
■ Identify the basic construction and main components of the lift truck, stating its
principles of operation and load-handling capabilities and capacities.
■ Identify, as appropriate, handling attachments which may be used with the lift
■ Locate and state the purpose of all controls and instruments and how to use
■ Place the forks or other handling attachment in predetermined positions using
the appropriate controls.
■ Identify various forms of load, and state the procedures for their stacking,
destacking and separation; assess the weight, and, where relevant, the load
centre of a load; and decide if the load, with its known weight and load centre,
is within the truck’s actual capacity (safe working load).
■ State the factors which affect machine stability, including: turning, especially the
speed and sharpness of turn; load security and integrity; rated capacity and
rated load centres; centres of gravity; ground conditions; and speed and
smoothness of operation.
■ Follow correct procedures when loading and unloading vehicles.
■ Make visual checks to ascertain the safety, soundness and rating of structures
designed to receive loads, and place and remove loads on and from those
structures at various heights.
■ Pick up and place loads, and drive and manoeuvre the machine forward and in
reverse, laden and unladen, on inclines, in restricted spaces and on level
ground (including rough terrain as applicable), following correct procedures and
■ Park the machine, following correct procedures and precautions.
■ Where applicable state the purpose, and demonstrate how to use, safety
devices including stabilisers, level indicators, and load indicators, if fitted,
including the importance of using seat restraints.
■ Carry out inspection and maintenance tasks appropriate to operators as
required by the machine manufacturers (including pre-shift checks) and any
relevant legislation.
■ State what to do in an emergency while in control of a lift truck, eg if there is a
■ State why it is essential to have vehicle key custody arrangements.

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