Counterbalance Forklift Training

Counterbalance forklift trucks are arguably the most commonly used types of forklift in warehousing applications. Their appearance is synonymous with forklifts, with typically 2 or 3 axles and front-facing forks.

Counterbalance forklifts are versatile machines which have front-facing forks and a rear-steering axle; making them highly manoeuvrable. They have a rigid mast on the front of the machine from which the forks extend.

About Counterbalance Forklift Trucks

The middle nineteenth century through the early 20th century saw the development that led to today’s modern industrial forklift trucks. The forerunners of the modern forklift were manually powered hoists that were used to lift loads.

Continuing development was encouraged by expanded use of the industrial forklift truck and continued through the 1920s and 1930s. This led to the development of the first hydraulic power electric power forklift trucks. Following the war, more efficient methods for storing products in warehouses were being implemented, such as narrow aisle forklifts and reach forklift trucks.

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Counterbalance forklift training courses are designed for candidates who require novice training, semi-experienced training, or simply refresher courses. Counterbalance forklifts should be operated in line with PUWER regs, and adequate training should be given in the safe operation of the counterbalance forklift.

Course Content

A typical counterbalance forklift truck training course covers:

  • Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
  • (PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • (LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
  • Different types of counterbalance forklift trucks
    • Basic construction
    • Components
    • Purpose and use of all controls
  • How to comply with manufacturer instructions in accordance with the operator’s
  • handbook
  • Checking the counterbalance forklift truck is serviceable and stable for safe
  • operation prior to use
  • Pre-start and operational checks.
  • Checking that safety devices are functioning as per operational specification
  • Operating the machine on level ground and slopes.
  • Changing forks
  • Lift carrying and placing loads
  • Stacking a load to a minimum 3m high
  • Loading a simulated lorry
  • How to stack and de-stack from the racking system
  • How to manoeuvre the machine through a confined area
  • How to recognise and respond to given instructions
  • Keeping within safe working parameters of the counterbalance forklift truck and
  • other machines in the area
  • How to place the counterbalance forklift truck in an out-of-service condition, to
  • isolate and secure the machine
  • The limitations of use when using the counterbalance forklift truck

Course Outcome

On completion of a counterbalance forklift training course; candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the regulations that apply to the safe use of counterbalance forklift truck
  • Carry out a full pre-start/shift check on the counterbalance forklift truck and record their findings
  • Carry out a full operational check on the counterbalance forklift truck and record their findings
  • Operate the counterbalance forklift truck in line with the manufacturer’s instructions/manual
  • Correctly and safely manoeuvre the machine in the confined area
  • Safely ascend and descend slopes
  • Transport load at a speed consistent with the load and general site conditions
  • Stack and de-stack loads correctly and safely
  • Load and offload simulated lorry safely and efficiently
  • Load and offload from a racking system efficiently.
  • Keep within safe working parameters of the counterbalance forklift truck
  • Place the counterbalance forklift truck in an out-of-service condition, to isolate and secure
  • Understand the limitations of use when operating the counterbalance forklift truck
  • Report any problems or defects

Legality

A counterbalance forklift training course covers the following legislation:

Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
(PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
(LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
Rider-operated lift trucks Approved Code of Practice

Specific types of Forklift Training we offer

Flexi & Bendi Forklift Training

Counterbalance Forklift Training

Reach Truck Training

Accredited Forklift Training

Forklift training can be completed in line with a number of accreditations.

We can offer RTITB NORS training which will entitle the candidate to certificates and ID cards that bear the RTITB logo. Additionally, we can offer counterbalance forklift training under CPCS and NPORS where required.

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