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The legislative information contained on this web site is my interpretation of the law based on many years in the health and safety business. A definitive interpretation can only be given by the courts. I will therefore not be held responsible for any accident/incident/prosecution arising as a consequence of anyone using any information obtained from this web site.

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fork lift training courseWelcome to this website which is devoted to forklift training and runs to over one thousand pages. I was involved in the training of fork lift operators for more than thirty years and spent forty four years in the forklift industry starting behind the drawing board in 1970. Although now retired I still keep in touch with the industry and update this site, usually weekly. Please note this website does not use cookies.

On this site you will find a host of information about forklift trucks and forklift training including several complete, free, forklift training courses which cover all theory and practical lessons. All of this website is free although I do charge for a copy of my forklift truck operator Powerpoint training course which has a ready made theory course comprising 123 slides. This helps with server costs etc. To buy it please click here.

There is also a section that describes the complete 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.

Suggestions are welcome and you can contact me from the link at the bottom of any page. If you want to know when this website is updated, please add your details when you see the popup. You will receive a free Powerpoint course on risk assessment and no more than one email a week, I promise.

new forklift test poll You can learn all about the new forklift test, practical, written and pre use inspection, that came into force on September 1st 2017 at these pages. If you have taken a test since 1st September 2017, why not vote in my mini poll? I'll publish the results when there are sufficient numbers. Click above, right to vote,

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. It now covers a wide range of fork lift training related subjects. I have also taken the opportunity of including a lot of technical information relating to forklift trucks and covered information about the forklift test, forklift accidents and regulations imposed by the Health and Safety at Work Act and other legislation. You can also take a twenty question forklift operator written test here. If you are thinking of buying a forklift truck this section is for you.

I have recently, (August 2018), added a forklift feature articles section to the website. 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.

The main links at the top of every page will take you to the appropriate section and each part is colour coded so you can see where you are on the site. There are links to the interactive site map at the bottom of every page and contact links also at the bottom. The sections are arranged as follows:

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 new, (2017), written test questions and answers are here again in all languages.


Free training courses. Loads of free forklift training courses are available for use by instructors, operators or supervisors and you can get to them individually via the links in the left margin. You can purchase my entire counterbalanced training slide set here. Everything else on this website is free.

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 accidents. There are well over a hundred accidents detailed on this website. 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: usually every week. Follow me on social media to be kept informed of updates or enter your email in the popup.

Technical section. I used to teach forklift salesmen, product knowledge and produced lots of courses on how forklifts worked. Much of that is repeated here but updated. This section is not designed for engineers but is more simplified and hopefully written in a language that anyone can understand.

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. There is also an archive section for older items and the latest items also have a link from the right margin of this page.

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 driving jobs. If you are looking for forklift driving jobs check out these pages where you will find thousands of job opportunities.

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.

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.


Home page. From the page you are now on you have access to a lot of other miscellaneous pages that should prove useful. Check out my mini poll or have a look at the news items. Take part in the forum and post something. You don't have to register.

A couple of points to note. If you use the search box, try only one or two words as searches work better that way. Also try the interactive sitemap as it's been designed to get you to the correct page quickly.

If you find this website to be of use to you I would appreciate it if you would like this page by clicking one of the social network buttons which are on the side of every page. Such posts and links help me to promote the website in the search engines. 

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.

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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forklift news

Nov 19th 2018. Manual handling techniques all wrong claims new study. Read More

Nov 14th 2018. Forklift operator seriously injured when forklift tips over. Read More

Great video of both a forklift and a boat running away from the operator:-) Watch

Nov 7th 2018. HSE release latest accident statistics. Read more and download report.

Oct 30th 2018. Company fined £275,000 after pallet truck accident. Read More

Oct 23rd 2018. FLTA Safetember campaign review. Read More

Oct 17th 2018. Forklift collides with lorry. Company fined £60,000. Read More

Oct 4th 2018. HSE clarifies LOLER position on hand pallet trucks. Read More

Sept 19th 2018. Video of ELOshield proximity detection system for forklift trucks. Watch now

Sept 12th 2018. Here is a short article by Anna Harris of Toyota forklift trucks about forklift overhead guards. Read More

Sept 5th 2018. Article about the trip hazards associated with forklift truck operation. Read More

Aug 28th 2018. Article explaining the precautions to be taken when pedestrians are involved with forklift trucks. Read More

Aug 22nd 2018. FLTA's Safetember campaign details announced. Read More

Aug 20th 2018. National Forklift Safety Conference details announced. Read More

Aug 17th 2018.Laura Nelson, Boss of RTITB, talks about forklift training myths at conference. Read More

August 10th 2018. Guide to buying second hand forklift trucks. Read More

August 8th 2018. Worker suffered crush injuries when forklift knocked over roof trusses. Read More

August 1st 2018. Company fined £12,000 plus costs after load on forklift strikes worker causing serious injury. Read More

July 15th 2018. Info from HSE and VOSA regarding loads on vehicles. Read More

July 10th 2018. A timber yard has been fined after two workers were seriously injured when they were struck by a side loader lift truck. Read More