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Engineers’ Wages – Payment at the start of the day until they arrive back home or at the start of a shift until the end of the shift?

This question has been highlighted in the European Court when a Spanish employee claimed that he should be paid from the time he left home until the time he arrived back. The Working Times Directive does place a 48-hour maximum on the work time demands of an employer, upon their employees.   The employee can opt …

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What is the recommended minimum size for a gangway (not the operating aisle) or transfer aisle for a typically sized standard reach truck?

It is not possible for the FLTA to advise on gangway width as there are so many factors to take into account. The dimension of the widest part of any truck, or its load, likely to use the gangway would be the starting point.  For a conventional Reach Truck, our recommendation would be to allow …

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Is it within regulations to use a human cage on a forklift truck if the truck has twin lift chains?

It is not a requirement for a machine to have dual chains in order to be used as a “man up” solution however, there are several other obligations that the FLTA feel we should make you aware of: One of the primary obligations that you have is to ensure that any truck which is being …

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When a Very Narrow Aisle truck F1 is put into service in a warehouse whose responsibility is it to ensure the truck is specified correctly to comply with the SEMA code of practice in regards to rack and truck clearance while operating in a narrow aisle?

If the problem is that you have been supplied, either by a dealer or manufacturer, with a machine that you feel is unsuitable for the application, then whilst it remains the responsibility of the business operating the warehouse (the duty holder) to ensure that they are providing the appropriate machine for the application, you should …

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Can you operate a forklift truck with a motorcycle license on a public highway?

A motorcycle licence does not qualify a fork truck operator to venture onto the public highway.  Regardless of whether the trucks are to be driven within the immediate vicinity or over greater distances, the operator should hold the relevant Driver’s Licence, as detailed below: Larger forklift trucks would normally require large goods vehicle (LGV) entitlement …

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What official training is required to operate a Powered Pallet Truck or is familiarisation only required?

Under PUWER regulations it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that staff receive suitable and sufficient training. Since that has been codified by the ABA (Accrediting Bodies Association) it is the benchmark against which the employer will be judged in the case of an incident that is investigated by the HSE. And the penalties for …

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Can a manager authorise an employee to drive a forklift truck Without a license?

The simple answer is yes. However, if there is any type of accident or incident, the manager as an individual and the company would be liable to prosecution as it is a legal requirement to provide suitable and sufficient training. Forklift trucks have their own specific HSE guidance and regulations (L117). In the event of …

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