As of September 1st 2017, for the first time since 2000, the Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance (often referred to as forklift) and Reach is being updated. At Ribble Valley we want to keep you in the loop to help you prepare properly for the new Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) test. With that in mind, we’ve put together the key changes you will see in the new forklift test.
The ABA have collaborated with leading training organisations, insurers, unions, lift truck manufacturers and employers to create a modern test that is relevant to today’s working environment. The new test will be used by Ribble Valley throughout the UK.
Below are the key changes from September 1st 2017:
Out of the 22 items to check as part of the pre-use inspection test, 13 must be fully and thoroughly inspected. Any candidate not demonstrating a strong understanding of how to check these 13 items will automatically fail this part of the Basic Operating Skills Test
If a candidate commits any 5-point penalty more than 3 times they will fail the practical skills test
Penalty awards have been increased in many elements of the practical skills test
There are now 5 multiple choice questions that must appear in every counterbalance and reach test associated knowledge (theory) question paper. The candidate must answer these 5 questions correctly. If they do not they will fail this part of the new test.
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In what is thought to be the largest ever penalty for a health and safety prosecution brought by a local authority – and the fourth biggest ever safety fine, the super market giant Sainsbury’s was fined a massive £425,000.00. The fine was levied after the food store admitted deliberately disconnecting safety mechanisms which directly resulted in the death of an employee. Winchester Crown Court heard that a worker died when he was crushed by a fork lift truck which had its safety cut off switch deliberately disconnected. Sentencing Sainsbury’s Judge Kay siad “The story is a picture of working proceedures that date back to the dark ages.
Are you and your staff operating industrial machines? Could you be the next to face the courts and jail?
The Health and Saftey (Offences) Act, which increases the penalties for health and saftey crimes, comes into force this month. This act amends section 33 of the Health and Saftey at Work, etc Act 1974, raising the maximum fine that may be imposed by the lower courts from £5000 to £20,000 for most health and saftey offenses. It also makes imprisionment an option for more offenses in both lower and higher courts. By exceeding the £20,000 maximum fine to the lower courts and making imprisionment an option, more cases will be resolved in the lower courts, and justice will be faster, less costly and more efficient.
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While modern materials handling equipment is inherently safe and is fully compliant with a raft of legislation covering every operational and structural aspect, it is ultimately the operator who determines how safely and efficiently the equipment is used. Given this, Ribble valley has offered professional operator training courses to its customers for many years. Each of the Ribble valley network of companies now has its own advanced training facilities and employs experienced, professional, instructors, dedicated to raising safety and efficiency standards in the workplace.
A wide range of operator and instructor level courses is available for virtually every type of handling equipment and virtually every application. The courses develop all operator skills levels from novice through to refresher, conversion or instructor standard. Courses can be carried out either at the Ribble valleys centres or on the customer’s site. The courses also highlight the individual responsibility operators have for their own safety, as well as for those working around them. Investment in Ribble valley fork truck training delivers a tangible and profitable safety dividend by reducing accidents and the incidence of injury and damage to goods. In addition, it enables operators to attain the skills needed for optimum efficiency and productivity using the equipment to the mutual benefit of the business and its employees.
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• General Condition.
• Carriage Plate.
• Back Rest Extension / Load Guard.
• Lift Chains.
• Overhead Guard / Roll Over Protection
• Energy Source.
• Identification / Rating Plate.
• Operator’s Compartment.
• Lights, Windscreen and Mirrors (if fitted).
• Fire Extinguisher (if fitted).
If used on the Public Road
• Forklift truck registered and
number plate (front and rear)
displayed, clean and legible.
• Valid tax and insurance disc
• Road lights (side, head, rear, stop
and number plate lights) in place,
clean, correct colour and working
Note: Head, stop and direction indicator
lights are not required if
the truck cannot exceed 12 miles
per hour (19 Kilometres per hour)
provided that the driver is clearly
visible on all sides, can give hand
signals to other traffic and the
vehicle is not used during lightingup
hours except in an adequately
lit public place.
• No evidence of leaks.
• No obstructions (overhead or in working
• Correct forklift type for working
• Thorough examination carried out
every 12 months (every 6 months if
used to lift persons) by a competent
person and test certificate available.
Practical / Operational Checks
• Safety Belt.
• Ignition and Electrical Systems.
• Reversing Alarm and Horn.
• Warning Lights and Lights (if fitted).
• Hydraulic Controls.
• Brakes (Foot & Parking).
• Clutch and Gearshift.
* Pre start checklist is to be completed every day prior to using the equipment. Operator is to initial when
inspected, Supervisor is to review the checklist and sign off at the end of each week.
* Seat Belts to be worn where fitted.
Forklift Type……………………….. Forklift Number……………………… Date (Week Commencing Mon)……………………….
Description of Issue…………………………………………….……………………………………………………………….……
Date and time tagged out:….……………… Tagged out by:…………………….. Returned To Service:………………..….
Weekly Supervisor sign off………………………………………………….
When should the daily inspection be done?
Which of the following is it most important to check on a diesel driving truck?
Which of the liquids listed below should be used when topping up a lead acid battery?
What is the most important reason for having the correct air pressure in pneumatic tyres?
Why is it important to check the lifting chains?
What should you check first if it is impossible to raise the forks to the top of the mast when you operate the lift lever?
What is the most suitable way to check the brakes?
What is the smallest load centre for a 1000 x 1400mm box?
When is it most dangerous to drive a counterbalanced truck at high speed in a sharp corner?
How does the common centre of gravity move if you tilt the mast of a loaded truck forwards?
How does the stability of a truck change when the load is lifted high?
What is the name for the force which a truck is especially subjected to when driven around corners?
May a truck be used if it constitutes a safety risk?
Who is responsible for the load on the truck?
Why must the forks be parallel with the pallet sides when the pallet is lifted?
Why must the load be tilted backwards during transportation?
What should you remember to do when handling long loads?
In which order, from a stability view point, should an empty pallet rack be loaded with goods?
Why must the load not be tilted backwards when setting down goods during stacking?
Who is responsible for how a lorry is loaded?
Which type of body injuries are the most common in accidents involving trucks?
Can a truck operator be found guilty of drunken driving?
To whom do you turn in the first instance to point out a safety hazard at your place of work?
How can you see that a package contains dangerous goods?
Must a truck operator take special measures before he starts to handle dangerous goods?
Lorries transporting dangerous goods must have special markings. What do these look like?
A person has been injured while working with dangerous goods and must be taken to a doctor. It is important that he brings something with him. What?
Suppose that your truck is rated at 2000 kgs at 500mm centres, what does this mean:
Why should refuelling areas be well ventilated?
When building a bulk stack (one load on to another), what is it important to line up?
The manufacturer’s rated capacities only apply when the mast is:
If dunnage or rubbish, i.e. pieces of timber, old boxes etc. are found lying in the aisle, it should be:
Why is it important to remove the key when a fork lift truck has been parked?
What is the ideal position for the tips of the forks, when travelling unladen on level surface?
What is the correct loading sequence for a rigid flat bed lorry?
If a truck is turned sharply, at speed, with the forks or load elevated, which way is the truck likely to tip?
Why is it important to check the truck before using it at the start of the day or shift?
What is the main purpose of an overhead guard on the truck?
Why is it important to apply the parking brake when operating the hydraulic controls?
What action should you take if a fault occurs whilst operating the truck?
Why is it important to sound the horn at blind corners, doorways, etc?
What distance can a truck be driven with the forks or load elevated?
Is it permissible for passengers to be carried on the load or forks?
The ideal way to pick up a loaded pallet is?
When checking the truck at the start of the day or shift, you discover that the hydraulic oil is low, do you:-
What is the correct way to operate the hydraulic control levers on a fork lift truck?
The spacing of the forks should be adjusted to engage a loaded pallet as follows:
Whenever you are driving a fork lift truck around a factory or warehouse it is:
The load centre distance is measured from the centre of gravity of the load to:
Passengers should not be carried on a fork lift truck unless:
A check on the serviceability of a fork lift truck should always be done:
What position should the mast be in when picking up or depositing a load?
After inserting the forks under the load you should:
When cornering forks/load leading in a restricted area you should:
When an attachment is fitted to the forks of a fork lift truck the capacity of the truck is most likely to be:
Why is it important to leave approximately 4-6 inches (100 – 150 mm), when stacking against a vertical face, i.e. wall, stack etc:
The term ‘free lift’ when related to fork lift trucks means: