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  • rwp_news-01Did you know that around one in ten accidents on motorways involve Heavy Goods Vehicles, yet  account for half of all deaths? With their unique characteristics of size, construction and weight the potential for HGVs to be involved in serious or fatal accidents remains significantly high, and illustrates the responsibility of drivers and haulage companies to be place safety as their number one priority.

    So how can HGV drivers do their job more safely? At IMHX on Wednesday 15th September at 10:00am visitors can hear Richard Brewer, Technical Sales Executive at RTITB, present The unpredictable human being: Driver behaviour, technology and vulnerable road users, where he will look at how drivers can improve their performance behind the wheel.

     Richard’s talk will look at optical behaviour, a largely subconscious aspect of driving, and how by understanding driver optical behaviour and adopting a holistic approach to improving road safety, drivers and operators alike can begin to mitigate the risks that all road users and pedestrians take every minute of every day.

    Plus, Richard will consider how new technology such as cameras and sensors can play a useful role in reducing accidents involving HGVs on UK roads.

    In his role as Technical Services Executive with RTITB, Richard audits, examines and instructs across the various arms of the business. Richard has over 30 years’ experience working in a variety of roles which include professional LGV driver, Warehouse Manager, Depot Training Co-ordinator for major 3PL’s and Supply Chain Skills Manager.

    Richard’s presentation is part of RTITB’s major presence at IMHX for 2016, including the finals of the International Forklift Operator of the Year in Hall 9 Stand A40. For more information, visit www.opofyear.co.uk or follow competition updates on Twitter @opofyear. For more information on RTITB, visit www.rtitb.co.uk.

  • SrinivasaThe winner of the Praguna ThinkLink Learning ‘India Forklift Operator of the Year 2015’ Srinivasa N D is travelling to the UK in order to compete in the finals of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 award.

    Srinivasa, who works at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, beat hundreds of other drivers from across India in order to be crowned Indian Forklift Operator of the Year 2015 in a competition hosted by Praguna ThinkLink Learning which offers skilling and human capability development programmes in logistics and is RTITB’s exclusive, accredited partner delivering forklift training in India.

    As part of his prize, Srinivasa qualified for a place in the live finals of the International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 competition at IMHX (International Materials Handling Exhibition) at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 13th – 16th September, where up to 20,000 people are expected.

    One of just 40 contestants in the running to be crowned International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016, Srinivasa has received an all-expenses paid trip to the UK in order to demonstrate his knowledge, skill and understanding of efficient and safe lift truck operation in the next round of the competition.

    The award is hosted by UK-based RTITB, the preferred regulatory body for workplace transport training, and aims to find, recognise and reward the very best forklift operator in the world. RTITB works closely with Praguna ThinkLink Learning, which is the first vocational business in India to be RTITB accredited, to help encourage Indian forklift operators to excel and to improve operator efficiency, safety, morale and confidence.

    “Forklift trucks play an important role in so many companies around the world, regardless of size or industry,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, the preferred global standards setting body for workplace transport training. “Both the Indian Forklift Operator of the Year competition with Praguna, and this international award celebrate the skills and knowledge of forklift drivers while promoting safety and encouraging all operators to achieve accuracy, control and efficiency.”

    Laura continues “This is a very prestigious award, so to take part in the finals and to compete on this international level you have to be among ’the best of the best’. We wish Srinivasa and his peers from around the world the very best of luck in the competition.”

    The finals of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 take place in the Competition Zone at IMHX at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 13th – 16th September 2016.

    For more information, visit www.opofyear.com or follow competition updates on Twitter @opofyear For more information on RTITB, visit www.rtitb.co.uk or for more information on Praguna Thinklink Learning visit www.thinklinklearning.in.

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    Two apprentice engineers from KP Snacks have beaten hundreds of other entries from across three continents in order to reach the finals of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 award. They are also the youngest competitors to ever qualify for the final of this prestigious competition, which is partnered with UniCarriers and McCue.

    Craig Dawson and Thomas Birkbeck who both work as apprentice engineers for iconic British snack brand KP and are trained forklift drivers, will be demonstrating their knowledge, skill and understanding of safe lift truck operation in the next round of the competition. The live heats will take place at IMHX (International Materials Handling Exhibition) 2016 at the Hall 9 Stand A40, NEC, Birmingham, UK from 13th – 16th September where up to 20,000 people are expected to attend.

    Craig and Thomas, who are both only 18 years old, have beaten competitors from as far away as India and the US in order to reach the finals and are among only 40 contestants left in the running to be crowned International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016. Female operators will also be better represented than ever before in this year’s contest, with three female forklift drivers qualifying for the final.

    Taking place every three years, the award is hosted by UK-based RTITB the preferred regulatory body for workplace transport training, and this year partnered with UniCarriers and McCue, aims to find, recognise and reward the very best forklift operator in the world.

    “This award is a very well-respected accolade among forklift drivers, so to reach the finals you really have to prove you are ’the best of the best’,” said Laura Nelson, Managing Director for RTITB. “At 18 years of age, Craig and Thomas have not only done this, scoring highly in the initial online testing stage, but have also made history as the youngest finalists we have ever had.”

    Laura continues “The next generation of skilled forklift operators are key to the future success of the food and drink supply chain. We hope that the 2016 award helps to raise awareness of the career opportunities that exist around the world in this important sector, and shows the difference that safe, efficient, professional forklift operators can make to food and drink logistics operations.”

    The finals of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 take place in Hall 9 Stand A40 at IMHX at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 13th – 16th September 2016. Competitors will be put through their paces with four tests, two driving tests sponsored by Dolav, Racking & Storage Solutions Ltd and Pyroban. A theory test sponsored by Transaid and pre-use inspection test sponsored by TruckLOG-Davis Derby. For more information, visit www.opofyear.co.uk or follow competition updates on Twitter @opofyear For more information on RTITB, visit www.rtitb.co.uk.

  • Charles LongRTITB has confirmed the top 40 worldwide forklift operators that will compete in the next round of heats for the acclaimed International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 award.

    Taking place at IMHX (International Materials Handling Exhibition) U.K 2016 at stand 9A40 from 13th – 16th September, the next stage of the competition is a series of live heats where the 40 forklift drivers with the highest scores from the initial online test will compete for a place in the Grand Final. To test drivers on the specific knowledge needed for skilled and safe forklift operation, the live heats include specially designed assessments which operators are required to complete in front of industry experts and professionals.

    The 2016 live heats will welcome the youngest ever finalists to qualify for the competition – Thomas Birkbeck and Craig Dawson from KP Snacks – who are both just 18 years old. Female operators will also be better represented than ever before in the contest, with Emily White, Madalina Ciobota and Samantha Tyson all qualifying to compete in the next round.

    Several of the competitors in the heats this year are employees of well-known companies, such as Travis Perkins, Wincanton, TNT UK, Hasbro, CEVA logistics, Nutricia, PPG and Clarke International. Wilko Retail UK Ltd has been particularly successful with seven employees qualifying to compete in the next round, one of which is Kris Scarborough, a former winner of the Linde Ultimate Operator Challenge.

    A truly international award, Chuck Long of US company Boise Cascade, winner of the Blue Mountain Forklift Round-Up, has also qualified for the heats alongside the winner of the RTITB Indian Forklift Driver of the Year 2015, Srinivasa N D.

    “Operators of all ages and from all over the world applied to take part and we even had entries from winners of other forklift driver competitions,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director at RTITB, the preferred workplace transport training regulatory body. “The International Forklift Operator of the Year award is about recognising the best of the best and showing supply chain professionals that skilled, safe, efficient forklift operators can make a huge difference to productivity and profitability within their company.”

    The live heats at IMHX will include a number of different driving tests (sponsored by Dolav, Racking & Storage Solutions Ltd and Pyroban), a theory test (sponsored by Transaid) and a pre-use inspection test (sponsored by TruckLOG – Davis Derby), all of which have been expertly designed to assess different skills in order to find the safest and most skilled forklift operator. All competitors will be operating UniCarriers counterbalance trucks, some featuring B&B Attachments and will be attired with suitable personal protective equipment from BACA Workwear and Safety. All tests will be safely contained within McCue FlexCore pedestrian safety barriers. The competition heats will be judged by experienced RTITB lift truck instructor examiners.

    To enjoy the action of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 live heats, visitors to IMHX can join RTITB and their sponsors at the competition zone (9A40) and support the 40 finalists:

    For more information on the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 award, visit www.opofyear.com or follow the competition updates on Twitter @opofyear. For more information on RTITB, visit www.rtitb.co.uk. To register to attend the IMHX 2016 visit http://www.imhx.net/.

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    After an exhaustive round of tests undertaken by operators across 3 continents, the finalists for International Forklift Operator of the Year, to be held at IMHX 2016 have been revealed.

    40 of the very best forklift operators from across the UK, US and India will be in Birmingham from the 13th – 16th September to contend for the coveted trophy.  Throughout the 4 days of the show, visitors to the exhibition will see the finalists being put through their paces in a series of challenges to test their driving knowledge and expert materials handling. And with the contestants including previous winners of other competitions, two people still in their teens and the highest female contingent to date, the RTITB finals are becoming increasingly popular with organisations across the world.

    “The International Forklift Operator of the Year award is about recognising the best of best and showing supply chain professionals that skilled, safe, efficient forklift operators can make a huge difference to productivity and profitability within their company.” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director at RTITB.

    The International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 is held each year by RTITB, and sponsored for 2016 by UnicarriersPyrobanMcCueB&B Attachments and Trucklog. For 2016 the competition charity partner is Transaid.  You can find out more about the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 award by following competition updates on Twitter @opofyear.

    The 40 finalists are:

  • rtitb_international _operator_of_the_year_sponsorships_As the first phase of our contest comes to a close, the International Forklift Operator Award 2016 continues to grow in stature as we announce further sponsors from leading material handling businesses and organisations with the shared values of safety and efficiency.

    Trucklog (Davis Derby) will be partnering with us to make the Pre-Use inspection test the best incarnation yet. This test will be one of the live challenges taking place during the exciting finals at IMHX from 13th-16th September where 40 of the best scoring forklift truck drivers from the online testing phase, will compete for a place in the prestigious Grand Final of the award. The live heats will require drivers to go under the spot light and complete a theory test (sponsored by Transaid), pre-use test and two practical driving tests.

    Racking and Storage Solutions are announced as our Racking Partner and will sponsor one of the practical driving tests, along with Pyroban.  We can confirm Dolav as our Pallet Partner, supplying all pallets and containers over the four days at IMHX.

    The Personal Protective Equipment Partner for the event will be BACA Workwear and Safety, who will be ensuring that all those competing for the International Forklift Operator of the Year Award are suitably attired for safe lift truck operation throughout the event.

    Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) and the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) are going to be our official supporters of the 2016 Award.

    “There are so many different elements that play a part in creating a safe and efficient materials handling environment,” says Laura Nelson, our Managing Director. “That’s why we’re thrilled that for the 2016 Award we can count on the support of a wide range of highly respected companies and organisations who, like RTITB, want to help promote the importance of safety and training and reward the safest forklift drivers on an international stage.”

    Other sponsors of the competition include Manufacturer Partner UniCarriers, Charity Partner Transaid, Test Partner Pyroban, Barrier Partner McCue and Attachment Partner B&B Attachments. In addition, Forkliftaction.com is on board as an Event Supporter, and SHD Logistics magazine is the official Media Partner for 2016. There are limited opportunities available to join these partners and support our quest to find the safest forklift operator in the world. To find out more about the remaining sponsorship options call Amy Southall on +44(0)1952520218 or email her at opofyear@rtitb.co.uk.

    The first stage of the competition, an online test to assess entrants’ practical skills, theoretical knowledge, attitude and efficiency, closes on 10th August 2016. The 40 entrants that have qualified for a chance to compete in the next round of the Awards at IMHX will be announced shortly.

    For more information about the International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 visit www.opofyear.com. You can also keep up to date on the latest news on the competition on Twitter @opofyear.

  • Operator of the Year Deadling ExtendedDue to overwhelming demand, we are extending the entry deadline for the International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 competition until 5th August, giving employers more time to enter their operators into this prestigious, global competition.

    The popular competition sponsored by Unicarrier, McCue and Pyroban and supported by charity partner Transaid, which takes place every three years, aims to find the safest and most skilled forklift drivers from around the world and reward their dedication to safe operation. To enter any number of their forklift operators, employers can simply purchase entry codes which allow drivers to go online and complete the first phase of testing.  Rather than closing on 1st July, employers and drivers now have until 5th August to enter the competition and complete the initial online test.

    “Since entries opened in April, lots of employers from around the world have already entered their forklift operators in the competition,” explains Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, the preferred regulatory body for workplace transport training.  “However, as the closing date approached we were getting such high demand from companies for entry packs, we wanted to give employers as much time as possible to get their drivers involved and ensure that nobody misses out on this unique opportunity.”

    The first phase of the competition, open to anyone trained on a counterbalance truck in the last five years, is an online test which covers practical skills, underpinning knowledge, attitude, pre-use inspection knowledge and efficiency skills. This not only gives skilled, safe drivers the chance to qualify for the next phase of the competition but, with access to free tailored feedback reports on every entrant, also gives employers a unique opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the efficiency and safety of their materials handling operation

    “We introduced this detailed report so that employers can see their drivers’ strengths and weaknesses, which in turn can help businesses to reduce risk and take steps to improve and target training, focussing on the specific issues that have been identified,” says Laura. “It is also valuable in helping drivers to see where they might have room to improve and develop their skills further.”

    When testing closes, a benchmarking report will also be available. With forklift drivers entering the competition from all over the world, this gives employers a unique chance to see how their drivers measure up to their international peers.

    After the online testing stage is complete, the 40 top scoring entrants will be invited to participate in a series of action-packed heats for the second phase of the competition, testing sponsored by Pyroban, Transaid and B&B Attachment. Taking place in front of an international audience at IMHX 2016 in Birmingham from 13th – 16th September, competing drivers will complete a theory test, a pre-shift test and two practical driving tests, all specially designed to assess the different skills and knowledge needed for safe, efficient forklift operation.

    Tests at both the IMHX and Grand Final are being individually sponsored, designed and branded based on the organisation. There are just a few tests remaining to sponsor if you would like to express an interest please email Amy Southall by clicking here.

    The 10 best competitors from the IMHX heats will then qualify for the Grand Final of the competition. Taking place in the West Midlands, forklift drivers will compete in a series of live operating challenges in a bid to be crowned International Forklift Operator of the Year at the RTITB material handling equipment operations and training awards. Other awards announced on this prestigious evening include Material Handling Equipment Operations Employer of the Year and Trainer of the Year. If you would be interested in entering the awards, please visit www.opofyear.com/enter-3/how-to-enter-the-awards/.

    “This competition celebrates the talent and contribution of forklift drivers across the world while promoting efficiency, accuracy and the importance of safe operation,” says Laura. “With the title considered a great accolade in the sector, reaching the finals brings recognition not only for the driver, but also for the employer, demonstrating a commitment to training and excellence in materials handling.”

    To request a competition entry pack before the 5th August deadline, please contact Amy Southall at RTITB – fltcompetition@rtitb.co.uk – +44 (0)1952 520218. 

    If you would be interested in gaining the promotional advantages by becoming a sponsor of either the conference, awards or competition visit www.opofyear.com/partners/why-sponsors/or contact Amy Southall on the above number for further information.

    For more information on RTITB’s International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 visit www.opofyear.com or follow the competition on Twitter @opofyear.

  • pyrobanRTITB is pleased to announce that leading safety company Pyroban is the latest testing partner for its prestigious International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 competition.

    The International Forklift Operator of the Year contest takes place once every three years and aims to celebrate the most skilled and safe forklift drivers from around the world. Explosion protection specialists Pyroban, who share RTITB’s commitment to efficient and safe driving in the workplace, will be a test sponsor for the 2016 competition.

    “Pyroban is committed to promoting the importance of safety in the materials handling industry while providing protection for workers operating in or close to potentially explosive environments” says Matthew Shirkie, Group Operations Manager at Pyroban. “Through this contest, RTITB helps to bring forklift safety to the fore, raising awareness of the different safety considerations that are needed throughout the whole industry, which is why we are proud to support this year’s International Forklift Operator of the Year Competition.”

    Pyroban will be raising awareness of the hazards of using forklift trucks in potentially explosive areas through one of the practical driving tests taking place at the competition’s live heats at IMHX (International Materials Handling Exhibition) from 13th – 16th September. After these tough live heats, finalists will display their skills in front of an audience at the Grand Final on 11th November in a bid to win the coveted title of International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016, where once again you will see a Pyroban themed test.

    “We’re delighted that Pyroban is a partner for this year’s International Forklift Operator of the Year competition as like RTITB, improving safety is at the core of what they do,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director at RTITB. “There are many different considerations when it comes to safe forklift operation, from training to explosion protection and everything in between.  We hope that this partnership will help remind the industry of the important role that all these elements play when it comes to safety.”

    Safety is of the utmost importance to Pyroban, which provides explosion protection solutions for materials handling equipment used in potentially explosive work environments (DSEAR*). While Pyroban systems help to prevent explosions, there is also a need for driver awareness of the risks of working in potentially explosive environments.

    “Our ATEX** compliant solutions can be used to help protect forklift drivers from explosion, but that is just one piece of the safety puzzle. High-quality, accredited driver training is important for all forklift operators, but especially so for those drivers working in a potentially explosive atmosphere,” adds Matthew Shirkie.

    Working together to improve the safety of operators across the globe, Pyroban and RTITB encourage employers with drivers working with Pyroban converted forklifts to enter the competition.

    Matthew says “For those working in potentially explosive environments it is vital that they fully understand their equipment and are able to evaluate risks, alongside having the ability to operate a forklift safely and skilfully. Due to this, we believe that drivers working with Pyroban converted forklifts are among the best in the business, so we encourage their employers to enter them into the competition – perhaps a Pyroban operator could be this year’s winner!”

    The competition is open to all trained counterbalance operators working on any type of forklift.

    For more information on the competition or how to enter the International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016, visit www.opofyear.com or contact Amy Southall at RTITB – Amy_Southall@rtitb.co.uk – (0)1952 520218.

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    RTITB is pleased to announce that the manufacturer partner for its prestigious International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 competition will be UniCarriers.

    The contest is designed to highlight and reward safe driving and gives entrants the opportunity to display their skills in front of an international audience, as well as being in with the chance to win several exciting prizes, plus the prestige of being awarded the coveted title of International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016.

    Sponsoring the 2016 event will be forklift manufacturing company, UniCarriers, who share RTITB’s passion for productive and safe driving in the workplace.

    “Our machines are designed with operator conditions in mind, whether it be ergonomics, safety or performance. We constantly strive to create the best equipment to support operators and help them progress, so teaming up with RTITB seemed a natural fit for us,” says Chris Bates, Sales Director, UniCarriers.

    “A competition of this type is valuable, not only because it allows forklift truck operators to measure themselves against their fellow professionals, but the results also create a benchmark for other operators to work towards which can be shared throughout our industry,” continues Chris. “It helps push safety standards even higher.”

    UniCarriers has been designing forklifts since 1949 and in 2011 the company merged three brands; Nissan Forklift, TCM and Atlet, to create one superior forklift supplier. The popular brand offers a wide range of machines for loading and unloading, transporting, stacking and picking, and supplies many industries including automotive, construction, electronics, food, pharmaceutical, logistics and manufacturing. UniCarriers equipment is used by many RTITB partners and is designed with the most advanced technology, quality and ergonomics in mind, creating a complete range of materials handling equipment that covers all of a company’s requirements as well as considering the operator’s needs.

    “We’re thrilled to have UniCarriers on board as a key partner of the International Lift Truck Operator of the Year 2016. We are delighted to be able to put our shared business values to good use and jointly promote the key message with the industry,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director at RTITB. “Who better to sponsor our event than a company at the forefront of forklift design and manufacture? Safety is the entire industry’s responsibility and the partnership between RTITB and UniCarriers will hopefully lead us one step further to creating a safer, more productive profession for drivers.”

    The first stage of the competition opens on 4th April and comprises a series of online hazard perception tests. This online test is a combination of multiple choice and open questions covering: practical skills, underpinning theoretical knowledge, attitude, pre-use inspection knowledge and efficiency skills. Following the test, a feedback report for each operator entered in to the competition will be sent to their chosen email address. A unique benchmark report which outlines where the operator (or operators, for employers entering several drivers) placed in the international rankings will also be sent via email. Then, those drivers with top scores in the tests will be invited to participate in the next round of the competition.

     

    Taking place from 13th – 16th September at IMHX (International Materials Handling Exhibition), the selected drivers will be required to complete one theory test, one pre-use test and two practical driving tests. The 10 best operators from these heats will then take part in the grand final at RTITB headquarters in the West Midlands on 11th November, forming part of RTITB’s November conference for forklift managers and decision makers.  In the final, operators will compete in various live challenges in front of an audience in a bid to be crowned the winner.

    Audiences will see UniCarriers materials handling equipment used throughout the practical stages of the competition with live action throughout IMHX.

    Chris Bates, Sales Director at UniCarriers adds “The RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year competition is a hugely important event for the industry. It gives operators something to strive towards, and companies like UniCarriers the chance to see how our equipment is used so we can keep improving our designs, making them safer than ever before.”

    To request a competition entry pack, please contact Amy Southall at RTITB – Amy_Southall@rtitb.co.uk – +44 (0)1952 520218.

    For more information on RTITB’s International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 visit www.opofyear.com. You can also keep up to date on the latest news on the competition on Twitter @opofyear.

  • 165x110xrtitb_janus_165_110_s_c1_centre_c_0_.jpg.pagespeed.ic.W1gJ4CIQyAAfter winning the title of Forklift Operator of the Year in 2013, Wincanton employee Ryszard Janus has recently qualified as an RTITB lift truck instructor.

    Janus beat 39 other finalists to be crowned the best forklift operator in the country, which he says helped to develop his confidence to become a forklift operator instructor.

    “There was some serious competition at the 2013 event, so I was thrilled to have won,” he says. “Being recognised as a skilled forklift operator has helped me to further develop in my career and I am pleased to say that I have passed my RTITB training to become a qualified forklift operator instructor.”

    A tremendous amount of talent and knowledge was displayed by the 2013 competition finalists, but only one operator could win. Ryszard was announced as the 2013 winner and presented with a new Toyota Aygo at a prestigious gala dinner event, sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK, TNT Express Services UK and Ireland, and Calor Gas Ltd.

    “It’s so important to have the right skills and knowledge in this industry, and the Operator of the Year award gave me an extra something to train for and a goal to aim towards – it’s a further incentive for safety,” adds Janus.

    Returning in 2016, the RTITB Operator of the Year Competition is held every three years to find the best forklift operator in the country, and offers a number of benefits.

    “It encourages operators to strive to be the best, resulting in safer skilled operators in the workplace and, as demonstrated by Ryszard, it can contribute to career progression, encouraging operators to take pride in their work,” explains Laura Nelson, Operations Director of workplace transport training accrediting body, RTITB.

    “For employers, enhanced operator focus and high quality training can also positively impact the company’s bottom line, through enhanced operational efficiency and damage reduction.”

    The competition begins with an online theory test, opening in April 2016. The top 40 entrants will be chosen to compete in live heats at IMHX from 13th-16th September 2016, with the top 10 finalists moving on to the grand final held in early 2017.

    The initial part of the last competition was an online hazard perception test and was open to some 300,000 RTITB lift truck operators. The top 40 of these moved on to the live heats which were held in March at IMHX 2013 at the Birmingham NEC.

    A week’s worth of tests separated the 10 best entrants who went forward to the Grand Finals. The heats included challenges based on theory knowledge and skills, along with operational abilities. The tests feature extraordinary circumstances and are performed in front of the public, making the competition incredibly challenging.

    “Operations managers and supervisors should start considering some of their best forklift operators to enter into the 2016 Operator of the Year competition,” adds Laura Nelson.

    Preparations for 2016’s Operator of the Year competition are underway, and RTITB predicts the same high calibre of entrants for next year’s prestigious event.