Industry-first test to boost pallet and stacker truck safety
Cold Chain Federation member RTITB has welcomed the introduction of the first industry-standard operating skills test for pedestrian operated lift trucks.
The introduction of the new test will mean that operators training on all machines covered within the RTITB electric pallet and stacker truck trainers guide will now be subject to a standardised assessment. This includes those on training courses for low level pedestrian operated pallet trucks, pallet stackers, stacking counterbalance trucks and stacking reach trucks.
The new test has been developed over an 18-month period by
the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) in
consultation with sector experts, including the Health & Safety Executive
(HSE), manufacturers, training providers, operators and unions. It will
be recognised by all the main awarding bodies, including RTITB, the leading
accrediting body for materials handling equipment training.
“This ground-breaking test will ensure that an operator’s
journey into the world of logistics will be a safe and efficient one,” says
Laura Nelson, Managing Director for RTITB. “What’s more, they will be reassured
that by achieving the required standard, they will be among the best operators
in the world.”
“Care has been taken to ensure that the new assessment process
accurately reflects the workplace, and the work required in the real world,”
says Laura, explaining that the testing standards are similar to those already
in existence for other materials handling equipment.
The new assessment comprises both theory and practical
tests. The practical element includes safe manoeuvring of a laden truck in
confined areas and stacking safely at challenging heights (dependent on truck
type). Operators must avoid repeatedly committing serious faults, as more
than three occurrences of the same safety fault will result in failure of the
Candidates must also demonstrate understanding of the
workings of the truck, accurately identifying and inspecting safety critical
components unique to pedestrian operated trucks, such as the tiller arm, repel
pads, fork sleeves, fold down platforms and steering systems, and ensuring they
are safe before operation.
“At RTITB, we believe that standardising training and
testing is at the core of improving and maintaining safety in logistics and
transport operations,” says Laura. “We are proud to have contributed to the
development of this important, industry-wide safety measure.”
To learn more about the new test, employers and Instructors may contact RTITB by emailing email@example.com or calling +44(0)1952 520200.
For more information on electric pallet and stacker truck operator and instructor training, visit www.rtitb.com