7 Reasons Why You Need a Forklift Qualification (or a Forklift Qualified
As we’ve said many times before, there’s no such thing as a forklift license (or licence if you’re one of our transatlantic cousins). There is, however, such a thing as a forklift qualification, and they’re very useful.
In this blog, we’ll be going over the biggest and best reason to get yourself forklift qualified. But before that, make sure to get yourself familiar with the basics. This includes weight limits, preparation, and more that you can check out here.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it. Here are 7 reasons why you need a forklift qualification (or a forklift qualified employee):
It’s A Legal Requirement.
Of course, we’re going to start with the most important reason. And that reason is that, if you’re operating a forklift without the proper qualifications, you’re in trouble. As Judge Dredd would say, “You betrayed the law!”
On a more serious note, anyone found using or operating a forklift without a forklift qualification can face serious consequences. Not only this, but you’re putting yourself and those around you at risk. After all, forklift injuries can be far more serious than people think.
Reduces Injury Risk.
Another reason why a forklift qualification is good for both employee and employer is the reduced injury risk. Although we’ve already mentioned this, we’ll go into detail on this point.
Forklift injuries often occur from simple mistakes – mistakes that are easily fixed. Of course, it’s impossible to lower the chance of injury to 0%, but adequate training will help to significantly lower the number. Injuries such as collisions (that can cause whiplash or broken bones) will be to a minimum, meaning your staff and fellow co-workers feel safe around forklifts. Not only this but, of course, no employee or employer wants to be the reason a co-worker becomes injured.
This one is aimed more at the employers and business owners. Believe it or not, an employee with the relevant forklift qualification will be more efficient than one without. Who’d have thought?
With proper training and the correct qualifications, a forklift operator will be able to perform their job quicker and more effectively. A better understanding of forklifts also helps to ensure the machines break down less and perform within their operating limits.
With fewer injuries and improved efficiency, your business will begin to save money. How good is that?
As we all know, accidents cost money. Either for damaged goods, damage to the forklift, or for injury claims sustained by the operator or employees. Of course, this is bad for any business, but can be easily avoided by either providing an employee with forklift training or employing an already qualified employee.
This is one of the reasons that may not jump out at you immediately, but as an employer, it will save you money in the long run. As we’ve said, damage costs money – especially if it’s an injury to a co-worker. However, the total cost of one accident can often add up to more than the cost of sending an employee on a forklift training course.
Broaden Your Horizons.
For you as an individual, earning your forklift qualification can make you a lot more employable.
When applying for work, you’re likely to meet a lot of competition, and some of which might be more suited to the position than you. However, if you’re applying for a job with a forklift qualification, you’ll increase your chances of landing the role – even if the position isn’t solely for forklift work. After all, your position may require occasional forklift work, and having this training will put you in the good books of any potential employer.
As we’ve highlighted in blogs before, having qualified and trained employees will increase workplace safety. However, this doesn’t mean just in terms of operating the forklift effectively.
When you’ve got an experienced and qualified operator, they’ll know how to use the forklift in the safest way possible. This includes their surroundings, safe weight limits, and more. Of course, if you insist on using an unqualified member of staff, you’re putting them, their co-workers, and your business at risk.
When you’ve got an experienced operator at the wheel, production around them will also continue to the best of its ability. Improved safety means your workers or co-workers will remain happier, which will make them more effective in their roles. So, although the main focus of this point may be safety, it all connects. Strange to think that a happy, confident, effective, AND safe workforce can come from a forklift training course, isn’t it?
There you have it, 7 reasons why you need a forklift qualification (or a forklift qualified employee). Think we’ve missed any? Let us know in the comments below!
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