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Counterbalance Forklift

The counterbalance forklift is one of the most commonly used types of forklifts and are widely used for indoor and outdoor material handling. This Counterbalance Forklift training course gives participants the expertise needed to manoeuvre, lift, and transport loads using counterbalance forklifts. In particular, the course demonstrates how to operate a counterbalance forklift safely around other people and buildings.

Why This Course is Important

Counterbalance forklifts are very common in warehouses, distribution centres and manufacturing facilities. Operating them without proper training can lead to accidents, property damage, and operational disruptions. This course ensures participants have the skills and knowledge required to operate counterbalance forklifts safely, understand load handling techniques, and implement safety protocols effectively.

Who Should Attend This Course

People who operate or work around counterbalance forklifts can benefit from this course, including warehouse operators, material handlers, logistics professionals, construction workers and manufacturing staff. This course is suitable for beginners and also as a refresher course for experienced operators.

Course Overview

The Counterbalance Forklift training course provides participants with skills and knowledge in:

  • The basic structure and functionality of the counterbalance forklift.
  • The importance of thorough inspections and routine maintenance.
  • Controls and instruments needed for safe operation.
  • Weight and load assessment for balanced and secure movement.
  • Smooth starting, controlled movement, and safe stopping.
  • Handling of both loaded and empty pallets with precision.
  • Operating hydraulic controls effectively.
  • Stacking and unstacking freestanding loads and those within racks.

Course requirements

To participate in the training, participants must:

  • Ideally be 18+ years of age
  • Be medically fit to operate machinery
  • Have their own PPE gear (boots, high vis vest)
  • Have a good understanding of English

Participants are required to complete a practical and written test.

On successful completion of the training program, participants will receive a JMH certificate and card that is valid for three years.

For enquiries or to register for the Counterbalance Forklift course, please get in touch with a member of the JMH team today on +353 (47) 85 525.