Reach Truck forklifts are the most common type of warehousing forklift within the UK. This truck type has been split into three categories (up to 8m lift, above 8m lift and pedestrian operated). The name derives from the simple fact the truck reaches into an ailse – meaning it can me used within much more narrow working aisles – which in turn increases the amount of space and racking that can be fitted and utilised.
This becomes the main benefit of Reach Trucks, whereby most racking and therefore more pick locations can be within warehouse due to the narrowed ailses. In addition to this, Reach Trucks are generally more compact trucks. The typically reach a lot higher than a standard counterbalance forklift as the mast is bigger – reaching over 8m for D2 category trucks
Types of Multi-directional
D1 Rider Operated Reach Truck, up to 8 meter lift
D2 Rider Operated Reach Truck, above 8 meter lift
D3 Pedestrian Operated Reach Truck
In September 2017, and subsequently in September 2018, NEW testing standards were released for reach trucks. This introduced more strict measures for testing criteria within all three testing elements. (Practical Test, Pre-Use Check Test and Theory Test)
Course Timings (based on 3:1 candidates:instructor ratio);
Novice – 5 Days
Experienced/Exisiting Operator – 3 Days
Conversion (from alternative type forklift*) – typically 2 days, however this is down to instructors discretion, and further training may be recommended if the candidates do not reach the required standard.
Refresher Training – 1 Day
What does this course entail?
There is so much depth in all of our courses. This course covers (but NOT limited to) the below;
Regulations/legislation including LOLER 1998, PUWER 1998 and HASAWA 1974; Introduction to truck; Capacity Plates; Stability; Working within racking and much more.
There are both theoretical and practical tests, along with a pre-use check that are mandatory testing elements. You will need to pass ALL THREE to successfully complete the course.
What will a candidate recieve upon successful completion of a basic operators course?
Certification: Upon successful completion of training, you will received a certificate, accredited by your chosen accrediting body (ITSSAR, RTITB or AITT). Check out our accreditation page for more information.
Photo ID Cards: These are also available, although depending on your chosen accreditation, may be additional to the cost quoted.