Profession forklift operator

Forklift operators are responsible for operating forklifts to move, locate, relocate, stack, and count merchandise. They are accountable for the safe and efficient operation of forklifts. Moreover, they perform the filling of orders and check the accuracy of other orders.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of packaging used in industrial shipments

    Know various types of packaging materials used for industrial shipments, according to the type of goods to be shipped. Comply with regulations on packaging of goods.

Skills

  • Lift heavy weights

    Lift heavy weights and apply ergonomic lifting techniques to avoid damaging the body.

  • Store warehouse goods with precision

    Transport goods in the warehouse and place them in the appropriate and designated locations with precision in order maximise used of space. Operate forklifts or other instruments in this activity.

  • Maintain concentration for long periods

    Stay concentrated over a long period of time in order to make correct judgements and appropriate decisions.

  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

  • Weigh materials

    Weigh materials and products, record weight and other relevant data on tags or labels.

  • Work in a logistics team

    Ability to work confidently within a logistics team, with each member of the team fulfilling a role designed to increase the efficiency of the whole.

  • Transfer stock

    Remove material from one storage location and transfer it to another storage location.

  • Handle dangerous goods

    Transport hazardous materials in a safe manner.

  • Apply company policies

    Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an organisation.

  • Follow control of substances hazardous to health procedures

    Adhere to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) procedures for activities that involve hazardous substances, such as bacteria, allergens, waste oil, paint or brake fluids that result in illness or injury.

  • Estimate distances

    Ability to correctly estimate distances in order to operate the machine without accidents.

  • Follow stock control instructions

    Stack items according to the stock control instructions received.

  • Maintain warehouse database

    Keep digital warehouse database up-to-date and multi-accessible.

  • Operate package processing equipment

    Operate electric package processing equipment and control systems.

  • Stack empty pallets

    Deposit empty pallets in the designed location.

  • Prepare shipments in time

    Prepare product for shipment as scheduled.

  • Operate radio equipment

    Set up and operate radio devices and accessories, such as broadcast consoles, amplifiers, and microphones. Understand the basics of radio operator language and, when necessary, provide instruction in handling radio equipment correctly.

  • Operate forklift

    Operate a forklift, a vehicle with a pronged device in front for lifting and carrying heavy loads.

  • Operate warehouse materials

    Be able to operate pallet jack and similar motorised warehouse equipment, for loading and storage purposes.

  • Follow verbal instructions

    Have the ability to follow spoken instructions received from colleagues. Strive to understand and clarify what is being requested.

  • Conduct forklift inspections

    Conduct regular check-ups of the machine before using it to permit safe working conditions.

  • Follow signalling instructions

    Follow signalling instructions throughout the journey. Comprehend the technical language used by signallers and adhere to instructions given by them.

  • Apply techniques for stacking goods into containers

    Apply techniques required to stack materials into containers. Use techniques to maximise the space in containers.

  • Meet picking standards

    Perform picking activities in a way that meets quality standards.

  • Stay alert

    Stay focused and alert at all times; react quickly in the case of unexpected events. Concentrate and do not get distracted performing a task over a long period of time.

  • Match goods with appropriate packaging according to security procedures

    Relate goods to be packed with the required security equipment following appropriate security procedures.

  • Carry out stock rotation

    Execute repositioning of packaged and perishable products with an earlier sell-by date to the front of a shelf.

  • Monitor goods movement

    Ensure that all shipments are accurate and free of damage.

  • Follow given instructions

    Follow instructions to achieve goals and meet deadlines.

  • Follow work procedures

    Adhere to procedures at work in a structured and systematic manner.

  • Pick orders for dispatching

    Pick orders in warehouses destined for dispatching, ensuring that correct numbers and types of goods are loaded and dispatched. Tag and mark product items as requested.

Optional knowledge and skills

show confidence maintain equipment manage a warehouse management system use different communication channels act reliably monitor vehicle repairs execute vehicle maintenance use telescopic handlers use barcode scanning equipment