Welcome to the family…

HL strive to improve our service to our customers in every aspect, and 2019 was no different. We have always improved our facilities, IT, and most importantly our trucks.

Since we have been in our Barton Hill address we have acquired some amazing trucks. See below our amazing acquisitions throughout our time in Barton Hill.

(In no particular order)

A3 Pedestrian Counterbalance. This was acquired from a customer, however we only had for a short while due to Wilmat themselves approaching us to purchase it.

A3 Pedestrian Counterbalance Forklift

A3 Pedestrian Counterbalance Forklift

A5 Pallet Stacker. Acquired from a different customer who were moving premises and changing how their warehouse works, making Stackers surplus to requirements. This is an amazing Jungheinrich truck as per below picture.

F1 VNA Operator Up.Acquired and fitted with a wire system, this truck has truly given HL something unique.

VNA Forklift Training @ our Barton Hill Centre

VNA Forklift Training @ our Barton Hill Centre

Lorry Loader.In 2018, we purchased an ex Travis Perkins lorry to replace our existing Lorry. We’ve always had a high demand for HIAB training, but everyone now prefer to use a truck with remote control. This was our 2018 investment. And so far, it’s worked out perfectly. We have candidate come from all over the UK just to be trained on remote control.

Lorry Loader, with Grab in use and remote control

Lorry Loader, with Grab

2019 was the turn of our D1 Reach Truck.We have had a very reliable Linde R16 Reach Truck which we’ve had for many years. It truly was part of the HL family. Unfortunately, the age of the truck came hand in hand with the issues that kept arising. We struck up an incredible deal with a local Forklift Truck provider, Solution MHE, and we’re excited to be able to utilise an incredible trade to upgrade our a Reach Truck to the Phenomenal Yale truck below.

New Yale Reach Truck, in Yale colours

New Yale Reach Truck, in Yale colours

Not only that, for the FIRST time ever, we have had the new truck painted in HL colours. See below.

New Yale Reach Truck, in HL Colours

New Yale Reach Truck, in HL Colours

If you need reach truck training, contact us today. Remember, we have a wide range of trucks, and even offer instructor training.

Welcome to the HL family, to our new Yale Truck.

A bright future for forklift training

December 2019

HL Training Services has opened new opportunities for workplace transport training in the South West following our recent accreditation by the Association of Industrial Truck Trainers.

We are accredited by industry bodies ITSSAR and RTITB, but we have made the major decision to gain a third accreditation, after noticing a lack of availability for AITT courses in the West Country.

“Anyone in the South West looking to attend AITT training courses would have to travel to the Midlands or further east,” said Shane Richardson, Director at HL Training Services. “But our new AITT Accreditation means we can provide courses from Bristol, and give people in the surrounding counties, or even those along the south coast, a more local option. We’re essentially creating a South West hub for AITT training that wasn’t there before. It’s a really exciting development.”

Two-thirds of HL Training Services’ instructors will receive AITT registration. In addition, we are aiming to have one Category 4 tutor accredited to AITT, who will be qualified to teach operators and instructors, a significant move that will allow HL Training Services to offer a greater number of courses.

“We ‘train the trainer’, so by ensuring that our instructors are taught to accredited standards, then in turn they will go on to teach forklift operators how to work safely in accordance with HSE guidelines,” said Shane.

“Our aim is to help produce the best instructors, which will benefit the industry in the future, and AITT will help us do that. One of the reasons we chose AITT was the outstanding level of guidance that the organisation provides to training providers and instructors. The team is very friendly and registering with AITT was simple and straightforward; we really enjoy working with them.

“What also stood out to us was the great work that AITT has been doing recently to spread the message about the importance of accredited training. AITT wants to make a difference, and so do we, so it made perfect sense to join. It’s a win-win really.”

Managing Director of AITT, Adam Smith, said: “It’s great to have HL Training Services onboard as this is big step in expanding our network in the South West region. Shane and his team are really committed to ensuring that forklift instructor and operator training is the best it can be, which is an ethos AITT shares.”

Shane believes that providing a greater availability of local options for forklift training will be key for encouraging people to choose accredited courses, as opposed to choosing less reliable non-accredited training.

“Using accredited providers is essential because it gives you proof that the training has been completed to a defined standard, whereas non-accredited training isn’t registered,” explained Shane.

“Accredited training includes an in-depth check and the paperwork is audited to prove that it has been done properly. It gives you peace of mind more than anything. Ideally everyone would choose it, but training organisations such as ours have to make it as easy as possible for people by providing local centres and instructors. The cost of registering to AITT is a nominal fee and it’s insignificant compared to the huge benefits accreditation brings.”

Adam added: “AITT welcomes training providers from any area of the country who are looking to make the easy switch to a supportive accrediting body. Our focus is always on providing the advice and resources that enable providers to deliver exceptional courses to the highest industry standards. I’ve no doubt that HL Training Services will do just that.”

For further information on training contact Shane Richardson on 0117 952 5625 or email Shane@hltraining.co.uk

For more information on being AITT Accredited yourself, call Adam Smith of AITT on 01530 810867 or email: Adam@aitt.co.uk

HL Training Services receives AITT accreditation
(Tyrone Williams from AITT, left, and Shane Richardson of HL Training Services, right)

Festive Period – 2019 Opening Hours

See below list of our Festive Opening Hours

23rd Dec – Office Open
24th Dec – Call 0117 9525625 to speak to the team
25th & 26th Dec – Closed
27th, 30th & 31st Dec – Office Closed – call 0117 9525625 to speak to our team.
1st Jan 2020 Closed

2nd Jan 2020 Office Opened as Normal

Any questions or queries you may have in the meantime, please call as above, or email shane@hltraining.co.uk.


From all the HL Team, we would like to wish all of our customers & suppliers (Old and New) a Very Merry Christmas, and a fantastic 2020.

Remember, we are now ITSSAR, RTITB & AITT Accredited so we are here for all your training needs for the New Year and Beyond!

Do I need to wear a seat-belt when I operate a forklift truck?

It is a legal requirement to wear a seat belt whilst driving a car or other motor vehicle in the UK, but is it a legal requirement to wear one whilst operating a fork lift?

The answer to this is, for counterbalanced trucks, rough terrain trucks and sideloading trucks, an operator restraining system (e.g. seatbelt) must be fitted since 1998. Older trucks should have a restraining system fitted if the risk assessment indicates there ‘is a risk of the vehicle overturning and where the operator may be trapped between the truck and the ground’ (HSE Website – Lift Trucks – Frequently asked questions) and must comply by 2002 (PUWER 1998).

The HSE also state that ‘where restraining systems are fitted they should be used.’ (HSE Operator Approved Code of Practice – INDG 457).

For trucks manufactured prior to 1998, if the risk of overturning (as outlined above) may cause the operator to be trapped between the truck and ground – which in most cases of the outlined trucks will be true – a seat belt MUST be fitted by 2002 – therefore should be worn to comply.

In addition, any truck which is fitted with a ROPS – Roll-Over Protective Structure, should be fitted with a restraining system. Remember, a Seatbelt is an example of a restraining system, and therefore if present in this instance MUST be worn.

The ONLY exception to NOT wearing seatbelt is when reversing as per the DVSA advise for reversing Motor Vehicles, which allows the operator to comfortably and accurately operate the lift truck in reverse, a medical reason or where a risk assessment indicates an increased risk due to the seat belt – all of which are subject to risk assessment.

As the HSE Operator Approved Code of Practice is not law, the wearing of a seatbelt is NOT a legal requirement, however it could also be used as evidence in any relevant legal proceeding. Our advice is to wear a seatbelt unless a risk assessment states otherwise.

**PLEASE NOTE** It IS a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt on a Forklift Truck on public highways. This is however subject to the Road Traffic Act 1988.

If you have any questions regarding this article, are seeking advice regarding operator training on any of the stated forklifts, or are looking to booking basic operator or refresher training for your chosen forklift truck, please call the office on 0117 952 5625 or email enquiries@hltraining.co.uk.

Forklift Operator & Instructor Training in Yeovil

For over 30 years, HL Training Services have offered the highest quality of Forklift training nationwide. With both ITSSAR & RTITB Accredited Forklift Instructors and Tutors we can not only cover local to Bristol, but also through the rest of the UK.

With a wide variety of instructors, with a large skill based, we can offer operator and instructor training in Yeovil at extremely competitive prices. We can even offer our instructor to complete ITSSAR or RTITB accredited instructor training at your site so ensure the candidates are being trained on the equipment they will subsequently be training operators on.

Operator training available at customers locations in Yeovil include all ABA listed categories, which include (but not limited to) Counterbalance, Reach Truck, Bendi, VNA Man Up (Very Narrow Aisle), Overhead Crane and much more.

In addition, we can now offer great deals on E-Learning courses, including Abrasive Wheels, Working at Height, Manual Handling to name a few.

If you have any specific requirements we can help with, whether you would like us to attend your site in Yeovil, or if you wish for your candidates to attend our Bristol training centre, please contact us on one of the below methods;

Telephone 0117 9525625 or email sales@hltraining.co.uk and one of the team would be more than happy to help you.

What categories can we cover? Click Here to find out.

To see what training we have available at our centre in the near future, Click Here

Boom Lift (MEWPs) Training in Somerset, Bristol and Bath

It is the employers responsibility to ensure that all operators of Mobile Elevated Working Equipment, including Boom Lifts, have been adequately trained. HL Training offer Boom Lift and Scissor Lift training accredited by either ITSSAR or RTITB and offer national coverage.

Once training is completed we offer one of the two below options;

Accredited Training – we offer a training certificate AND an accompanying ID Card. The certificate is the legal document.

Non-Accredited training – we have a lot of customers who specifically ask for training that is not accredited, on these occasions we simply offer a training certificate.

If you require any MEWP training, whether it is for use with a Scissor Lift, Boom Lift or a static version of these trucks, we have competitive prices, experienced instructors and extremely professional customer service.

For more information, contact us via a below method;

E-Mail : sales@hltraining.co.uk
Phone : 0117 9525625 (option 1 for sales)
Through our social media channels, which can be found on the footer of our website.

Top Tip: Did you know that The Work at Height Regulations 2005 requires an assessment to be carried out before starting any work at height (http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis6.pdf)