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Supplying forklifts since 1976

What we do

Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

How important is refresher forklift operator training?

Basic operator training

It’s a legal requirement for forklift operators to undergo initial training and receive a basic operator training qualification, for example a RTITB Forklift Operation Certificate. It is during this training that you learn things like general machine safety, maneuvering, vehicle loading and maintenance procedures. This type of certificate doesn’t expire but that doesn’t mean that training should stop.

That’s because the nature of the industry is constantly changing with new practices, updated health and safety regulations, and new products and technology emerging regularly..

That’s why forklift truck operators should use this basic training as a springboard from which they increase their knowledge and expertise through refresher training.

Every workplace is difference

Learning how to operate a forklift truck is essential but each and every workplace setting is different – and comes with its own set of hazards. It’s essential for forklift operators to have training that is specific to their workplace environment. This could relate to the layout of a warehouse or factory, certain internal procedures and even things relating to specific industries.

For example, it would be necessary for a forklift truck operator to learn about food hygiene regulations within the food industry to avoid cross contamination. And similarly, it would be necessary for a forklift truck operator to learn about pedestrian and truck line markings in a busy warehouse to avoid an accident or collision.

Issues such as speed limits, tight corners, ramps or outdoor work should also be taken into account and the relevant information given to operators.
Forklift trucks can differ from one another

If you upgrade your fleet of forklift trucks or have an influx of new staff, it’s essential that these operators are trained on your specific type of forklift truck and all its accessories.

Operators knowing their machines inside out could be the difference between an accident averted and a serious incident occurring. It also makes your business run more efficiently if each operator is thoroughly proficient with their machines.

Whether your company uses brand new forklifts, used forklifts or hires them for a set amount of time, ensure each and every operator has regular access to refresher training.

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H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

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