Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Here are HL Training, we strive to offer the best service all year round. That is why its important to maintain contact throughout the festive period. We are not always in the office, but we are always available via email or telephone.

Please see below which outlines the best way to contact us over the Festive Period. The only dates we are not monitoring emails or calls are shown below;

Monday 18th December 2017 – Friday 22nd  December 2017Office open as normal

Monday 25th December & Tuesday 26th December 2017Office Closed – Email and we will get back to you on our return.

Wednesday 27th December – Friday 29th December 2017Office Closed – Please call 0117 952 5625 or email

Monday 1st January 2018Office Closed – Email and we will get back to you on our return.

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 onwards – Office open as usual

Everybody @ HL Training Services would like to wish all our customers (Existing, New and Prospective) and very Happy Christmas and New Year!

CPCS A40 Slinger Signaller Amendments – effective 19/01/2015

We have had an enquiry recently regarding CPCS Slinger Signaller training from a service leaver based in Scotland. Patrick was looking to be trained to CPCS standard for slinger signaller, and although its not something we can offer, both through ELCAS and because we cannot deliver CITB accredited training, I took it upon myself to try and help Patrick.

Although we couldn’t help Patrick, we are an ITSSAR Accreddited Training Centre, and can offer Slinger Signaller courses accredited by ITSSAR at either our site in Barton Hill – or at your site nationwide.

Here is what I found;

Firstly, with effect from 19th January 2015, the category that was simply Slinger Signaller was split into a range of different types. This was put into place to cover the increased use of slingers on a wider variety of lifting operations.

It is a legal requirement under The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 that every lifting operation is carried out in a safe manner, which includes use of a responsible person to guide the crane using suitable means of communication, and to securely attach the load to the crane.

What is a Slinger Signaller course for?

This course is designed to give you the knowledge required to direct the crane using recognised signalling systems, and to ensure that loads are ‘as safe in the air as they are on the ground’.

What are the added endorsements?

This category is being amended to add endorsements against a range of lifting equipment types to cover the increased use of slingers for a wider variety of lifting operations. The range includes:

  • A40A– All Types – all duties
  • A40B– All Types – Static duties
  • A40C– Knuckle boom static only
  • A40D– Excavator only
  • A40E– Lift truck only

Learning outcomes have subsequently increased for this course, including;

  • Key requirements for marshalling of plant
  • Controlling loads during pick-and-carry duties
  • Knowledge of when additional skills for particular lifting operations are required.

What (if any) are the pre-requisite for taking this course?

Before taking the course you must have passed a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test no more than two years before attending this course.

How is this course run?

The course is delivered through a combination of classroom-based lessons and practical exercises. You will be assessed through theory and practical tests


Successful Completion:

Successful candidates will be awarded a CPCS Trained Operator card for Slinger Signaller.


Average cost for this course;

You can book this course directly with CITB, at one of their sites (Derbyshire or Norfolk) for £1225. It is not entirely clear, but we assume this includes VAT.

Christmas 2016 Office Opening Times*

Wednesday 21st December 2016 – Open as normal
Thursday 22nd December 2016 – Open as normal
Friday 23rd December 2016 – Office Closed*
Weekends Closed
Monday 26th December 2016 – Office Closed – Please email
Tuesday 27th December 2016 – Office Closed – Please email
Wednesday 28th December 2016 – Office Closed*
Thursday 29th December 2016 – Office Closed*
Friday 30th December 2016 – Office Closed*
Weekends Closed
Monday 2nd January 2017 – Office Closed – Please email
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 onwards – Office open as usual

*Please call 0117 952 5625 or email for enquiries

NEW Pedestrian Counterbalance Forklift Available @ Our Bristol Training Centre

HL Training Services has aquired a NEW forklift, one that we have never had access to before at our training centre. Of course we have Counterbalance Forklifts, Reach Trucks, Pivot Steer (Bendi), VNA and much more… but now we have a Pedestrian Counterbalance Forklift Truck.

If you are interested in becoming an operator on pedestrian counterbalance forklift trucks, or you are an instructor and want to add this to your repertoire of courses you are able to train, call us today to arrange our nearest available date.

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Falling boxes killed man at a fish processing company in Plymouth

A Plymouth based company have been fined £500,000 after falling boxes killed a man at their fish processing location in Plymouth.

22 year old Tomas Suchy was helping clear up a fallen stack of frozen fish boxes when there was another fall of stock which stuck him. The HSE investigated the incident – which happened 2 and ½ years ago, to find there was not a safe system of work or instruction of staff on how pallet should be stored.
Interfish Limited pleaded guilty to beaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and has to pay £24,800 costs on top of the £500,000 fine.
For more information, and to see the HSEs comments along with pictures taken of the stacks, please follow the link below;

A Crew Member has died at Easter Ross Harbour

A man has died after being involved in an accident with a Forklift Truck. The man, thought to be from the Philippines, was a crew member of a boat docked at Easter Ross harbour as is thought to have been using the forklift prior to the accident to transport a container.

The man became trapped underneath the forklift, and the emergency services were called. The HSE are liaising with the police on this matter.

A spokesperson said “Sadly, one man has died as a result of the injuries he sustained. A full investigation has been launched.”

Please see full story at the below link;