March 2020 – Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Wallace Forklift Training is Open for Business

Following guidance from Health and Safety Executive (HSE)RTITB and Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT), Wallace Forklift Training is open for business and will continue training new operators and those who need requalification. Forklift operators are deemed key workers to keep the country functioning.

Adam Smith, the Managing Director of AITT says:

“Forklift operator training is required by law and employers have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of their staff. During this time, those who supply essential items such as food and medical resources are classed as critical workers, so it is extremely important that they receive appropriate training on the equipment they are required to use.

Effects of Whole Body Vibrations on a Forklift Truck Operator

Conversion training may also be necessary where workers are having to change roles or work with different equipment, as businesses adapt ways of working to new circumstances. Employers must be vigilant and ensure that operators are not complacent on site. Goods are crucial right now and companies cannot risk damage and downtime caused by reckless operation.”

All new forklift truck operators must be fully trained to avoid accidents at this critical time. Those who need requalification training may extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months, provided they can demonstrate that training could not take place for reasons associated directly with coronavirus such as closure of training facilities, unavailability of trainers or complying with advice on isolation and social distancing.

Ruth Wallace of Wallace School of Transport says “It is our duty to take care of welfare and safety of all our staff and customers and will follow government guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) including social distancing, washing hands and frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly. We are proud to do our part to keep the country functioning”

Click here to view the HSE statement regarding forklift Training

Click here to view the Government Guidance on coronavirus

Wallace has a dedicated facilities for training forklift drivers at Park Royal or can carry out training at your own site.

Wallace School of Transport is a fully accredited RTITB company with over 50 years’ experience. You can be trained either at your own work site or at Wallace Centre in Park Royal. If you have any questions, call Wallace Forklift Training on 020 8453 3440, choose option 3 or click here to email us.

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