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)

ITSSAR & RTITB Forklift Training Derby

HL Training are a premier forklift training company, with outstanding instructors covering the whole of the UK.

With some large companies in the Derby area, and excellent local instructors to suit, we can offer the highest quality forklift operator and instructor training at the most affordable prices.

Counterbalance Training In Centre

Counterbalance Forklift Training @ Our Training Centre

If you have any training requirements for Counterbalance Forklifts, Reach Trucks, Tow Tractors and Trailers, or any other ITSSAR or RTITB accredited course, we have an instructor to meet your requirements.

For more information in daily rates, courses covers or any other enquiries please contact us via one of the below methods;

Phone : 0117 952 5625

Email : sales@hltraining.co.uk

Social Media, via the links in the webpage footer including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

UK’s Premier Forklift Training Centre

HL Training Services deliver in centre and on-site training for mobile plant, forklift and HSE courses such as First Aid and Manual Handling. All training is accredited by ITSSAR, the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register whose certificates are recognised nationwide.

H L Training Services are based in the South West and are accredited ITSSAR to deliver forklift instructor and forklift operator training. We pride ourselves in the service and high standard of training delivered to all our clients and ensure we deliver the best training possible. New to our in centre training is our satellite site in Clevedon nr Bristol where we deliver telescopic forklift, 360 excavator and mini digger training.

We are extremely proud of the service we provide. We have monthly centre visits from accrediting bodies, which ensures the centre maintains it’s professional stature and delivers training to the highest standards.