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Fork truck training ensures factory team has skills and flexibility to operate around the clock

Four team members at Fairgrieve Compression Moulding recently completed Counterbalance Fork Truck training – ensuring our team has the skills required to continue operating 24 hours a day when demand requires.

Production manager Johnathon Hutchinson joined factory operatives Shaun Hovvels, Kriss Dera and Callum Lee successfully completed the training and passed the mandatory examination at the end of the course, run by our certified training partner A1 Forklift Truck Training.

The course provided our team with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to safely operate our all electric Fork Truck.

The course included both theoretical and practical instruction and has equipped our team with the ability to drive and operate the lift truck safely and efficiently.

They were trained in stacking and de-stacking at various levels in a safe and competent manner, carrying out pre-use checks to ensure the equipment is in a safe condition, carrying out battery maintenance and charging procedures, and loading and unloading vehicles.

Focus on ensuring flexibility of factory team

General Manager Barry Davidson said: “We’ve placed a focus in recent times on ensuring we have the skills required across the business to be able to support a switch to 24 hour production as and when customer demand requires.

“We have done this with regards to health and safety training recently, and now in up-skilling our team in fork lift operation as we recognised the need to have operators with these skills working cross our various shift patterns.

“Our team are always willing to add to their skills as it benefits both them individually, but also us as a business. This has increased our flexibility and performance across the 24 hours that we operate in our busy factory.”

The course provided by A1 Forklift Truck Training is externally accredited, meeting nationally recognised ITSSAR Standards, and in line with HSE Approved Code of Practice L117 (Rider-Operated lift trucks – Operator training). The training and examination was carried out by Paul Gallagher and David Hannah, and authorised by Tom Hannah.

Fairgrieves’ all electric Counterbalance Fork Truck was purchased from our trusted partner in material handling solutions Pegasus Material Handling Limited last year.

It was carefully selected following trials of others available on the market and was selected by our team due to its capabilities and driver friendly features, and was fitted with non-marking tyres to protect our factory floor, which was refurbished at a significant cost.

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