Lift trucks present significant workplace risk and can only be operated by people who have had appropriate training. As the transport and logistics industry enters peak season, during a time with more online demand expected than ever before, it is essential that COVID-secure lift truck training continues.
Both AITT and RTITB are keen to stress the importance of continuing to provide keyworkers with adequate forklift operator training following the announcement of a second national lockdown starting on 5th November 2020.
“Lift truck training is a critical service for keyworkers in the supply chain. It is educational, and practical training cannot be done from home. Therefore, it must continue so that keyworkers are able to work safely and in compliance with the law.’’Adam Smith, Managing Director of AITT
Nick Welch, Technical Director of RTITB adds “It is important that training providers remain open and deliver lift truck training in COVID-secure environments. However, they should take extra steps to protect people who are more at risk from coronavirus – those over 60 or clinically vulnerable.’’
On 26th March 2020, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) issued a statement stressing that the ‘’duty remains to ensure staff are trained and competent to operate any industrial lift truck equipment’’ and supporting the continued delivery of training. This guidance has not changed.