We always like to give our blogs a little introduction, but when the title is as self-explanatory as this one, it makes it a little difficult…
However, the long and short of it is that many people have assumptions about forklifts that are either warped out of proportion, ill-informed, or flat out wrong. So, being the forklift experts we are, we’ve decided to go through a few of them today to give you the real information. No fake news here!
Are you ready? Then let’s get into it.
There’s No Such Thing as a Forklift Licence.
We’re starting this list with a bit of a trick question. Why is it a trick? Well, because although there is no such thing as a forklift licence, there is such a thing as a forklift qualification. So, unlike a driving licence (which comes with a physical licence when completed), forklift qualifications come with a certificate when completed.
However, this qualification is what people often confuse for a forklift licence. So, if you’re looking to hire a forklift operator, and they list ‘forklift licence’ in their CV, it’s likely that they’re referring to a forklift qualification (however, it’s always advised that you check this).
If you’re looking to earn your forklift qualification, or you’re looking to provide your staff with forklift-based workshops, click here.
Verdict: True (to a degree).
Once You’re Trained, You’re Good to Go.
Many people seem to think that, once you’ve got the appropriate qualifications, you’re good to operate a forklift forevermore. This, simply put, is not true.
Of course, when it comes to operating machinery like a forklift, you’ll want to ensure you’re as safe and efficient as possible. Likewise, if your staff or workforce use forklifts in their day-to-day work, you’ll want to make sure they are also as safe and efficient as possible. To do this, you’ll want to attend (or provide your workforce with) refresher sessions.
No matter how long you’ve been operating forklifts, or how often you use them, it’s always a smart move to refresh your memory with how to best operate the machinery. After all, familiarity breeds contempt, and the longer you’ve used a forklift without refresher courses, the more likely you are to have picked up bad habits when using them.
Training to Use a Forklift is Expensive.
While purchasing a forklift can be expensive (depending on the model, age, and condition), the training doesn’t have to be. And refresher courses also cost surprisingly less than you may expect. But being that we’re experts in all things forklifts, why go anywhere else? Simply click here, and you’re on your way.
Self-plug aside, forklift training and refresher courses are worth their weight in gold. After all, successfully trained workers and individuals can get the work done quicker and more efficiently. The quicker and more efficient they are, the more work they can do. The more work they do, the more orders a business can complete. The more orders a business can complete, the more money it can earn. So, the best way to look at funding a forklift course or refresher is that of an investment. Because, at the end of the day, that’s exactly what they are.
If You Can Drive a Car, You Can Operate a Forklift.
This myth is flat out wrong, plain and simple. Whilst fundamentals may remain the same, operating a forklift is completely different from driving a car. Because, unless your car has two large prongs that can lift heavy objects at the front, a forklift does far more than simply transport you from A to B. Additionally, you won’t be taking your forklift onto the motorway.
So, that’s all we have to say about that. Whilst you may be able to drive a forklift if you can drive a car, it certainly does not mean you can operate a forklift. Either way, don’t do it. It’s not safe, advised, or legal.
Forklifts are Dangerous.
In the past, we’ve highlighted forklift dangers and injuries, so, we advise you to read that blog. However, if you’re the impatient type, and you want answers now, we give you the following sentence:
FORKLIFTS ARE DANGEROUS. BE CAREFUL WHEN USING OR WORKING NEAR A FORKLIFT.
From collisions and crashes to rolling and tipping, forklifts can be dangerous to everyone around them. Of course, when in the hands of a qualified operator, this reduces these risks, but not to an absolute zero. So, be careful when working with or around a forklift.
So, there you have it! 5 facts about forklifts debunked by industry experts. Have you got any questions you want answering? Ask them in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to answer them! And yes, we ask you to keep them forklift related. We’re perhaps not the best people to ask for advice on how to cook carbonara or how to arrange your football card display…
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Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the next one!