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Forklift Training in Croydon | Safe Forklift Use and Onsite Services

To reduce forklift-related accidents in the workplace, operatives must have the appropriate forklift training and be familiar with the vehicle they use. Customers in Croydon may encounter potential hazards when using a forklift for the transportation of heavy goods. Operating forklift sales and forklift hire machinery without the proper training can lead to serious injuries, property damage or even fatalities.

We recommend that clients in the Croydon area book in their operatives for initial forklift training, and for regular refresher courses. These forklift services reduce the risks of personal injury and property damage.

This page lists 10 top tips for the safe operation of forklift vehicles. Contact the team at Gatwick Forklifts to learn more about forklift training courses from qualified instructors. Located in Three Bridges, we offer a professional forklift service to commercial and industrial clients across all Croydon areas.

  • Whether you have a forklift hire vehicle or a brand-new model from our forklift sales department, you should always perform regular inspections and maintenance work to reduce the risk of accidents at your Croydon workplace
  • Operators should use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when operating a forklift, such as hard hats, protective footwear and high-visibility jackets.
  • Only operators with the appropriate forklift training and authorisation should use forklift trucks.
  • When driving a forklift, operators should position themselves correctly in the cab, ensuring the controls are within comfortable reach. Our forklift sales and forklift hire experts advise that operators wear seatbelts if the vehicle has these safety devices fitted.
  • Arrange a daily inspection and a periodic forklift service for your vehicle. Alongside forklift sales and forklift hire, we offer full servicing and maintenance to customers in the Croydon area.
  • Before manoeuvring a forklift, ensure the mast is in the correct position and the forks stay 10cm to 15cm above ground level whilst in motion.
  • Stick to designated speed limits when operating a forklift and always travel slowly and carefully, especially when turning, to avoid tipping over.
  • Ensure operatives know how to spot and avoid potential hazards, such as spillages, potholes and uneven terrain. Our accredited forklift training courses cover issues like these and help to keep personnel at your Croydon workplace safe.
  • When driving in poor visibility areas, always use a lookout to signal when it is safe to proceed.
  • Remember to lower the fork arms to the ground when leaving the forklift unattended.

Our Forklift Services | What to Expect

At Gatwick Forklifts, we combine forklift training with a forklift sales and forklift hire service, available to customers in Croydon at competitive prices. We cover the whole of Surrey, Sussex and Kent so, should you come to us for any of the forklift services we have available, here’s an idea of what to expect:

  • A professional, client-focused service provided by experienced industry professionals
  • Forklift training courses taught by instructors with over 20 years of trade and industry experience
  • A fully insured company with public and product liability cover to a value of £10 million
  • Free estimates for any forklift service at the most competitive prices in Croydon
  • Major brands stocked for forklift sales and forklift hire, including the Nexen range
  • Complete warehouse fitouts in compliance with current SEMA standards for our trade

The team at Gatwick Forklifts looks forward to helping you with your purchasing, hire or training needs.

For new or second-hand forklift sales in Croydon, or for forklift hire, call Gatwick Forklifts on 01293 831300.