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Five ways to be a first rate forklift operator

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Australian Forklift Training offers a few tips to forklift operators on how to step up their skills and give their employers the confidence they are the best for the job.

Moving heavy goods, cargo or merchandise from one place to another might best describe the job of a forklift operator; however, the job is not as simple as it sounds as it requires a specialised set of skills and qualifications.

Given the number of qualified individuals who can drive and operate forklifts, the competition can be quite tough for available jobs. A forklift driver therefore, needs to step up and be ahead of competitors through a combination of a valid license, approved training, sufficient experience, commendable performance and good work attitude.

1. Secure a license.

Forklift driving is considered high-risk work and therefore, requires the driver to be licensed in order to perform such work. Possessing a valid license means that the driver has the skills needed for this line of work, successfully completed training and passed the standards in the industry. In addition to landing a good job, license holders are often paid more.

To ensure a valid forklift license, renewal is necessary every 12 months, or the forklift driver risks voiding the license.

2. Undergo training.

Training is a prerequisite to getting a forklift driving license. Forklift courses comprise of theory and practical training, which are essential components of the job and help the trainee gain the skillset needed to operate a forklift correctly and safely.

Australian Forklift Training offers courses for different skill levels from short courses for experienced forklift operators to longer courses for complete novices.

3. Gain sufficient experience and sharpen skills.

Experience in operating a forklift is definitely essential; the longer the experience, the more value the forklift driver has in the jobs market. Operating a forklift requires certain skills such as physical coordination, and ability to assess weights and estimate distances or heights, all of which enable the driver to operate the machine expertly and efficiently.

4. Show commendable performance and workmanship.

Excellent performance is key to getting noticed at the workplace. The forklift operator must be able to work quickly especially during peak hours, keep records and make sure everything is properly documented. Safety is also a major concern in this job, and having a good safety record is an advantage. Employers look for workmanship when evaluating their workers; quality workmanship will make the forklift operator an indispensable employee.

5. Maintain a good work attitude.

Having a good work ethic and attitude helps maintain a positive workplace environment. In addition to being good at the job, the forklift operator must also have a good attitude, and establish rapport and professional relationships with their colleagues. Maintaining a positive demeanour in a stressful workplace will take away some of the pressures at work.

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