When hiring operators of workplace transport equipment like lift trucks, it’s vital to know how to check the validity of their training certificates, says Adam Smith.

If you’re one of the many employers whose business involves workplace transport operations, then you’d ideally like peace of mind knowing that every new driver or agency worker will have the correct skills for the job. But just how confident are you in that being the case? Do you know what to look for to see if their training is accredited? Did you know to look for accreditation?

Training certificates for operators of mobile plant and equipment — such as forklifts, reach trucks, telescopic handlers and excavators — are often taken on face value and accepted as ample evidence that the person presenting them is at the required level of competency. Operators are frequently taken at their word without a thorough validation process being undertaken.

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