Side Loader Forklift Training

Side loaders are, as their name suggests, trucks that operate by picking up their load from the side, from the perspective of the operator.

They are very good at handling wide (or long) loads that would otherwise be unstable on a conventional counterbalance machine. Sideloaders are excellent for handling lengthy materials such as timber, piping and sheets. They can be found mainly in merchant yards and manufacturing businesses

Sideloader Training Course

This strength is also a weakness however, as they offer limited flexibility for handling more conventional loads.

BITA Categories
C1 – up to and including 5000kg lift capacity
C2 – over 5000kg and up to and including 15000kg lift capacity
C3 – over 15000kg lift capacity

Course content

  • Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974, PUWER 98 & LOLER 98
  • Operators Safety code
  • Re-fueling procedures of Sideloader Forklift truck
  • Pre-use checks
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Motive and hydraulic controls of the Sideloader Forklift Truck
  • Manoeuvring the Forklift Truck in open and confined areas
  • Stacking at different levels
  • De-stacking with laden and un-laden pallets
  • Load Assessments/ Handling oversized loads

Course assessment

  • Theoretical assessment of 5 open and 20 multiple choice questions, which can be conducted orally where language barriers or literacy difficulties exist.
  • Practical Test of basic operating skills, confirming skills taught on the Forklift training course

Course certification

  • ITSSAR accredited certificate
  • TOPS (Trained Operator Passport Scheme) registration
Course Duration Candidates
Novice 3 – 5 days max 3
Experienced Operator 2 – 3 days max 3
Safety Refresher 1 day max 3
Conversion 1 day max 3
Familiarisation 0.5 day max 3
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