Narrow Aisle, manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks, is reminding truck users of the importance of ensuring that all forklift (FLT) truck operators are provided with high quality FLT driver training and, furthermore, that any training courses or schemes that they enrol their staff on to should be listed on the Accrediting Bodies Association’s (ABA) operator training register.
It is also essential, Narrow Aisle say, that employers seeking to hire forklift operators, ask candidates to demonstrate that they have completed the appropriate basic forklift training courses and that theses courses are ABA approved.
The Accrediting Bodies Association’s operator training register has been designed to give employers more confidence in verifying the authenticity of training certification presented by potential employees.
It is hoped that the register will become an archive of training records which will in turn lead to a reduction in the number of forklift related incidents, injuries and fatalities in the workplace.
Under the scheme, all operators completing novice forklift courses run by ABA associated training providers – such as one of Flexi Training’s fork truck operator courses with further articulated training module – will be added to a national register.
“When you are looking for training for your employees make sure that the training provider can demonstrate that its training programmes are ABA accredited. Look for the ABA logo on any literature they might produce, for example, which is a sign that the training is to a high standard, ” says John Maguire, sales and marketing director of Flexi Narrow Aisle.
Flexi Training Ltd’s forklift and articulated driver training courses all exceed ABA approved standards and are designed to give new forklift and Flexi operators the confidence and skills to drive safely and efficiently to ensure that both safety and productivity targets are met. The courses combine theoretical and practical skills and incorporate the operator’s safety code operating practices, daily inspection procedures and elementary driving practice.