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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.

Tips and tricks to be a better forklift operator

If you’re a forklift operator who has recently earned your license then it’s important to know that this is only the start of the learning process. Of course you’ve successfully gone through your training, mastered the basics and achieved certification, but you learn much more through experience.

Each day operating a lift truck will bring new learning experiences, and we’ve got a few helpful tips and tricks for you to keep in mind, so that you continue to develop your skills. 

Check over equipment before a shift

Sometimes we all experience a rushed morning before we start a shift, but you should never give yourself an excuse to skip your pre-shift inspection, especially when it comes to operating forklifts. Even if an operator used the lift truck before you, do not automatically assume they went through all the necessary checks after their last job ended. Forklifts can be extremely dangerous machines and therefore require the utmost of care at all times. Carrying out a thorough inspection before and after your shift will allow you to take full control over your safety.

Be careful how you enter and exit

Some of the most common lift truck accidents, which can lead to serious injuries, actually occur when operators are just entering or exiting the cabin of the truck. Accidents are more likely to occur when operators get too comfortable and mistakes are made. Jumping out of the cabin with your hands full may seem like a good idea, but there could be a large step to clear, or grease on the step that you slip on as you exit. Just remember to always stay alert even when you’re just getting in and out of the forklift. 

Steer clear of distractions 

Just like the above point, distraction can lead to serious injury or worse when operating machine handling equipment. When you’re a qualified operator you’ll likely be given a lot more freedom and less supervision. So, you need to be able to maintain your focus all the time, especially because you are responsible for dangerous equipment. 

Get the right gear

Being comfortable in your job is always important, especially if that job takes you outdoors during the cold winter or during hot summer days. If you operate in an unheated or underheated warehouse, then it’s essential that you keep warm or your reaction time will slow drastically. Also when temperatures are hotter, you’ll need a base layer of clothing that’s moisture-wicking in order to keep yourself dry. Don’t forget to also wear a hard hat and protective footwear at all times.

Don’t overload and practice ramps

When operating a forklift truck with a load it’s really important to keep the forks as low to the ground as you can. Make sure that you keep the forks low while still maintaining the stability triangle. You’ll be in danger of tipping the forklift truck over if you’re carrying a load with the forks positioned too high up. Having the forks high could also result in things falling from the load and potentially injuring other workers nearby. Speaking of travelling at speed with a load, also keep in mind of ramps. When approaching a ramp, move in a forward position as you drive up it and move in reverse while going down. 

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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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