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

  • Maintain concentration for long periods

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

  • 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.

  • Estimate distances

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

  • Prepare shipments in time

    Prepare product for shipment as scheduled.

  • Operate forklift

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

  • Carry out stock rotation

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

  • Operate package processing equipment

    Operate electric package processing equipment and control systems.

  • Follow verbal instructions

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

  • Monitor goods movement

    Ensure that all shipments are accurate and free of damage.

  • Conduct forklift inspections

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

  • 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.

  • Apply company policies

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

  • Lift heavy weights

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Follow stock control instructions

    Stack items according to the stock control instructions received.

  • 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.

  • Follow work procedures

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

  • Maintain warehouse database

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

  • 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.

  • Stack empty pallets

    Deposit empty pallets in the designed location.

  • 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.

  • Operate warehouse materials

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

  • Apply safety measures

    Perform tasks and operations taking into account the safety regulations and standards and applying them in order to prevent incidents or hazards.

  • Follow signalling instructions

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

  • Follow given instructions

    Follow instructions to achieve goals and meet deadlines.

  • Follow environmental protection standards

    Know and adhere to environmental protection standards, in some cases through direct discussion with local governments to ensure compliance with legislative requirements.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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