Welcome to this website which is devoted to forklift training and runs to over one thousand, five hundred pages making it the largest website in the world on the subject. The easiest way to navigate or find something on this website is to use the interactive sitemap.
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You can read about the complete history of forklift operator training in the UK written by the man who started it all by clicking this link. (About a 30 minute read).
I was involved in the training of forklift operators for more than thirty years and spent forty four years in the forklift industry starting behind the drawing board in 1970. I founded AES Training (UK) Limited back in 1980 although I am now retired. I still keep in touch with the industry and update this site, usually twice weekly. I originally started this website in 1998 to correct some of the urban myths about forklift training. Since then it has grown rapidly and become a retirement project.
If you want to know when this website is updated simply enter your details in the popup box when it appears. You will receive a free Powerpoint slide presentation as a thank you.
On this website you will find a host of information about forklift trucks and forklift training. Each section is colour coded so you can tell where you are. The links at the top of the pages take you to the main sections of the website. Listed below are the major links.
Forklift Training. This section contains a lot of information on the subject and will be of interest to instructors and operators alike. There is also a lot of information for owners of forklifts who wish to keep up with the training side of things. Whether you want to know about the practical test, written test, training accreditation, refresher training etc. this is the section for you. You can take a sample written test here with real questions. (This is available in all common languages). The latest written test questions are here, again in all languages complete with all the answers. I have also included a dedicated section of questions and answers in Polish language because of the large number of Polish forklift operators working in the U.K.
Complete, Free, Forklift Training Courses. These cover all theory and practical lessons for counterbalanced and reach trucks along with courses for telehandlers, pallet trucks and sideloaders. There is also a complete instructor training course covering theory and practical.
History of Forklift Training in the UK. A lot of this fascinating insight was written by John, (Dai), Carter who actually invented the original forklift test in 1969 and was the first registered RTITB instructor in the UK. If you ever wanted to know how it all came about check out this section. Although I can't go back as far as Dai, I was not far behind and wrote the follow up section on training from 1970 onwards.
Latest Forklift Written and Practical Test. You can learn all about the latest forklift test, practical, written and pre use inspection, that came into force on September 1st 2017 by clicking the link above. You can get all the answers to the written test here and you can also try an interactive written test.
Latest Pallet truck and pallet stacker truck test details as announced by the Accrediting Bodies Association. Mandatory from December 1st 2019. All questions and answers in all languages.
Technical Information. I have also taken the opportunity of including a lot of technical information relating to forklift trucks on the site. I used to teach basic technical information to forklift salesmen at Yale forklifts in the 70s. Forklift instructors can benefit from this sort of knowledge when a trainee asks "how does that work?"
Forklift Accidents/Prosecutions. There used to be over a hundred accidents detailed on this website but I have recently, (2020), deleted the old ones. The accidents are real and from the U.K. and describe roughly what happened, what the result was and what the penalties were when the accident got to court. I update these regularly. Follow me on social media to be kept informed of updates or enter your email in the popup when it appears.
Forklift Legislation. There is an enormous amount of legislation that is applicable to forklift trucks and all of it is detailed here. From health and safety law to using trucks on the public highway, medical considerations for forklift operators or the use of seat belts on forklifts it’s all covered.
Forklift News Section. As I learn about various things going on in the forklift industry I put them in this section. It could be new legislation relating to fork lift training or some amusing anecdote.
Health and Safety News. This section of the website gives information about Health and Safety news even though it is not directly about forklift trucks and forklift training. I limit this part of the website to closely related health and safety topics.
Forklift Buyer's Guide. If you are thinking of acquiring a forklift truck, check this section which contains lots of information for potential forklift truck owners and users.
Forklift Feature Articles. This section is for articles on forklift trucks and training that are longer than usual and they will normally take ten to twenty minutes to read. Most are not written by me and I give credit to the writer on each one.
Forklift driving jobs. If you are looking for forklift driving jobs check out these pages where you will find thousands of job opportunities. Please note I don't have any connection with these websites.
Forklift Safety Products. As I hear of new products that are designed to improve the safety of forklift operation I detail them on this page. In all cases, I have no relationship with these and list them simply because they look useful.
Logistics Products. Again as I see something that is related to the logistics industry and closely related to forklift trucks I detail the information here. As above, I have no connection with these products/companies.
interactive Site Map. Because this website is so large I have designed a quick way of finding major sections. This sitemap will get you to the section you want very quickly. Give it a try and let me know if you think it could be improved. There is a link to this sitemap on the bottom left of every page. You can, of course, use the search box at the top right of every page.
If the advertisements annoy you I can only apologise. A website this size takes some looking after and there are costs associated with it. Income from the ads and sales of my slide set help me to pay for it all. Please note I have no connection with any of the advertisers.
When arranging a training course for forklift operators remember, "There is nothing that cannot be done worse for less money". With apologies to John Ruskin for the miss quote. Happy training :-) Tony Sellick Back to top
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There is also a free training course, complete with slides, on Manual Handling which can be accessed through this link.
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November 39th 2023. Winter conditions and forklift trucks. Read More
November 17th 2023. Man killed when forklift truck overturns. Read More
November 8th 2023. Industry first approval scheme for MHE theory training. Read More
October 31st 2023. Understanding forklift capacity and data plates. Read More
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October 18th 2023. Employer's responsibilities after an accident. Read More
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8th September 2023. Forklift pre use checks. Article by Toyota Forklifts. Read More
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25th August 2023. Are you up to date on forklift safety? Read More
24th August 2023. About national Forklift Safety day. Read More
9th August 2023. How to appoint a competence person to assist with forklift safety. Read More
6th August 2023. Worker seriously injured in forklift accident. Read More and Video
31st July 2023. The safe use of forklift trucks on ramps. Read More
25th July 2023. Workplace fatality figures 2022 to 2023. Read More and download
24th July 2023. What is an authorisation to operate a forklift truck and do I need one? Read More
24th July 2023. Man seriously injured in fall from lorry. Read More
July 10th 2023. Overhead guards on forklift trucks. What they do and how they are tested. Read More
The Health and Safety at Work Act nearly 50 years on. Read More
June 6th 2023. HSE issues fire risk warning for LP Gas trucks. Read More
May 25th 2023. Worker loses leg in telehandler accident. Read More
May 23rd 2023. Worker killed whilst unloading lorry. Read More.
May 23rd 2023. Mechanic killed whilst repairing forklift truck. Read More
May 22nd 2023. How did forklift training start in the UK? Read about it here by the man who actually started it. Read Article. (30 min read)
May 3rd 2023. National Forklift Safety Day is on June 13th and concentrates on site safety. Read More
April 14th 2023. Worker's leg crushed in forklift accident. Read More
April 11th 2023. How to select the correct forklift truck for the job. Read More