IMHX Heats: 13th-16th September 2016 | Grand Final, Conference and Awards Dinner: Early 2017
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  • rtitb_forklift_operator_of_the_year_female_grand_finalists_a For the first time in the competition’s history, female forklift operators have qualified for the Grand Finals of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year competition.

    At the International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX), Samantha Tyson, who works at PPG in Morley, Leeds, won her heat on day 2 of the competition, which is sponsored by UniCarriers and McCue.  Emily White, from System Training in Carlisle then followed as the overall winner of the day 3 heats.  Both will move forward to the Grand Final in early 2017, where the 12 top forklift operators from the heats at IMHX will compete to be crowned International Forklift Operator of the Year.

    rtitb_forklift_operator_of_the_year_female_grand_finalists_c“Before this year, no female operators had ever reached the grand final, so I am absolutely thrilled to see that female forklift drivers have made it to the final stages of the competition,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, the preferred workplace transport training regulatory body, which has been organising the competition since 2008. “Not only does this recognise their hard work, but it helps to show that all kinds of different people can succeed in careers within logistics.”

    To earn a place in the Grand Final, drivers were tested on their operator skills, knowledge of safety and overall professionalism.  In front of thousands of visitors at IMHX 2016, each competitor completed four tests – two practical assessments (Fun Factory and Explosive Mixer sponsored by Pyroban, DOLAV and Racking & Storage Solutions), a knowledge assessment (sponsored by Transaid), and successful completion of a pre-use inspection (sponsored by TruckLOG).  Over the four days, 40 competitors attempted to achieve the best score, with the top two operators from each day’s heat receiving automatic qualification for the Grand Final.rtitb_forklift_operator_of_the_year_female_grand_finalists_b

    rtitb_forklift_operator_of_the_year_female_grand_finalists_d“With female forklift drivers reaching the Grand Final, I hope that businesses can see how encouraging more women into logistics will help the industry to thrive in the future,” says Laura. “I also hope that more women are made aware that this sector offers fantastic careers that they can excel in.”

    Laura continues “We wish Samantha, Emily and all the other Grand Finalists the very best of luck in the next phase of the competition.”

    For further information on the competition, click here.

    Follow on Twitter @opofyear or visit Facebook “RTITB Operator of the Year Competition”.

  • img_3183Friday 16th September saw the conclusion of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 heats, partnered with McCue and UniCarriers, with two more top forklift operators qualifying for the Grand Final of the competition.

    The forklift operator with the lowest total score at the end of the day, who earned one of the remaining coveted Grand Final spaces, was Philip Contento of Convatec. The day 4 runner up, Simon Bottomley from Nasaleze, also moves forward to the Grand Final.

    Held over 4 days at the International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX) 2016, the competition welcomed 40 operators from across the world to the NEC, Birmingham, to compete for a place in the Grand Final at RTITB headquarters in early 2017.img_6640

    On the final day of the competition, RTITB staff, sponsors and IMHX visitors came together to watch the 10 remaining operators complete 4 different assessments – two practical tests (Explosive Mixer and Fun Factory), a pre-use inspection and a test of their operator theory knowledge. This year’s tests were sponsored by Pyroban, Transaid, TruckLOG, DOLAV and Racking & Storage Solutions and B & B Attachments. Further supporters of the 2016 competition include BACA Workwear, JSM, SHD Logistics, Forkliftaction.com, UKWA, FSDF and BITA.

    The RTITB Operator of the Year competition began in 2008 and has evolved and expanded each time, becoming an increasingly sought after accolade. This year marks the first ever international event, with operators from three different continents entering the initial online testing stage.

    For further information on the competition and details of the Grand Final visit www.opofyear.com.

    Competitors can share photos from the event on Twitter using the hashtag #fltcomp2016.

    Heat four’s finalist line up was:

    • Mike Hunt, trained and employed by Wilko Retail Ltd
    • Paul Collins, trained and employed by Wilko Retail Ltd
    • Maciej Winiecki, trained and employed by Wilko Retail Ltd
    • Dale Smith, trained and employed by Wilko Retail Ltd
    • Stephen Hawkridge, trained and employed by PPG
    • Craig Powell, trained and employed by PPG
    • Simon Bottomley, trained by Manx Industrial Training Services and employed by Nasaleze
    • Philip Contento, trained and employed by Convatec
    • Benjamin Chamberlain, trained and employed by Clarke International
    • Joe McKeown, trained and employed by Nutricia
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    Some of the industry’s best lift truck operators, employers and training organisations came together on 15th September to see two more Grand Finalists selected in the day three heats of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year.

    At the end of the day, Emily White of System Training was announced as the overall winner of the heat by John Clements, Business Development Manager & Counterbalance Product Manager for UniCarriers. With the next best score, Matthew Vassallo of Hasbro was declared as runner-up. Both contestants will move forward to the Grand Final of the competition in early 2017.

    Held at the International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX) at the NEC, Birmingham, the ten competitors in heat three had beaten hundreds of applicants from three continents in order to win the chance to compete. Partnered by McCue and UniCarriers, the competition is now in its fourth cycle, with this year’s event marking RTITB’s first international competition.

    During the heats, each competitor was required to complete four assessments – two practical tests (sponsored by DOLAV, Racking & Storage Solutions and Pyroban), a test of the forklift drivers knowledge (sponsored by Transaid), and successful completion of a pre-use inspection (sponsored by TruckLOG). RTITB judges – Nick Welch, Simon Richards, Simon Docherty and Matt Orin – carefully observed and marked the 10 forklift operators, with the driver with the lowest total score being declared the winner.

    The last round of heats take place on Friday 16th September where two winners will once again qualify for the next stage of the competition.  In addition, following this final heat, RTITB will announce which two operators who did not earn a place in their individual heat, but have the next best scores, have also earned a place in the Grand Final.

    The competition, which this year is proudly supported by B & B Attachments, FSDF, UKWA, BACA Workwear & Safety, has been devised by RTITB to acknowledge the hard work and dedication placed by safe and efficient operators throughout the industry, and instil the message of safety to employers across a wide range of industries. One of the most crucial aspects of the four assessments completed by competitors in the heats is the pre-use inspection, and RTITB hope that the competition will help to raise awareness of this vital daily check.

    According to the Health & Safety Executive, over 18% of workplace incidents occur as a result of mechanical failure which could be avoided through completion of a pre-use inspection. Furthermore, a pre-use inspection will help to reduce the cost of ownership and contact penalties, increase truck uptime, improve battery life and, most importantly, help to prevent incidents and injuries.

    The competition will continue throughout the duration of the IMHX event, ending on Friday 16th September. For further information on the competition, click here or follow on Twitter (@opofyear) or Facebook – RTITB Operator of the Year Competition. Visit stand 9A40 to watch the heats in action.

    Heat three’s finalist line up was:

    Leighton Hughes, trained by Industrial Services (UK) Ltd, and employed by Hasbro

    Adam Turner, trained and employed by CEVA Logistics – VW Dordon

    Paul Dainty, trained and employed by CEVA Logistics – VW Dordon

    Viki Bradford, trained and employed by Wincanton

    Matthew Vassallo, trained and employed by Hasbro

    Dariusz Mocny, trained and employed by Wincanton

    Ian John, trained by Main Port Training and employed by Hasbro

    Neil Jennings, trained by System Training and employed by Cars Billington

    Emily White, trained and employed by System Training

    Artur Syndoman, trained and employed by Teva UK

  • img_2520Tensions were high today as more forklift operators from around the world battled it out at the IMHX 2016 as day two of RTITB’s International Operator of the Year competition continued, sponsored by Unicarriers and McCue.

    Following yesterday’s impressive efforts, ten more drivers tested their operator skills, knowledge of safety and overall professionalism to win one of ten places at RTITB’s International Operator of the Year Grand Final next year.

    Each competitor completed four tests – two practical assessments (Fun Factory and Explosive Mixer sponsored by Pyroban, DOLAV and Racking & Storage Solutions), a knowledge assessment (sponsored by Transaid), and successful completion of a pre-use inspection (sponsored by TruckLOG). RTITB continue to use pre-use inspections in each cycle of their Operator of the Year competitions to raise awareness of this crucial aspect of daily operation. 18% of incidents are caused by mechanical failure, which could be reduced by operators ensuring this imperative task is completed each time a machine is utilised.

    The day concluded with Samantha Tyson of PPG, the first ever female grand finalist, being announced as the overall winner of today’s heat. Thomas Birkbeck of KP Snacks was declared the runner up and is the youngest ever competitor at the age of 18. Both will move forward to the Grand Final, run by RTITB in early 2017.img_5644-1

    The RTITB Operator of the Year competition began in 2008 and has evolved each cycle to be bigger and better than ever. 2016 marks the first International competition, which saw operators from three continents enter, and competitors include an increased number in female operators and the winner of the first India Operator of the Year 2015.

    The competition will continue throughout the duration of the IMHX event, ending on Friday 16th September. For further information on the competition, click here, or follow on Twitter (@opofyear) or Facebook – RTITB Operator of the Year Competition. Visit stand 9A40 to watch the heats in action.

    Heat two’s finalist line up was:

    Richard Humpage, trained and employed by TJX Europe

    Bobby Wilson, trained and employed by Wincanton

    Samantha Tyson, trained and employed by PPG

    Peter Wells, trained and employed by Nutricia

    Ryan Reynolds, trained and employed by TJX Europe

    Thomas Birkbeck, trained and employed by KP Snacks

    Craig Dawson, trained and employed by KP Snacks

    Graham Fitter, trained and employed by TNT Kingsbury

    Dale Ryder,  trained and employed by TNT Kingsbury

    Daniel Smith, trained and employed by Sigma

  • winner-kris-scarborough-on-perfect-pre-use-trucklogIt was a day of firsts today as the International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX) 2016 opened its doors, and the first RTITB International Operator of the Year competition commenced.

    The IMHX once again played hosts to RTITB’s industry celebrated competition, which will see forty operators from across the world compete in a series of heats throughout the week to earn one of ten finale places, where they will battle it out to be crowned champion.

    This year’s competition has been partnered by McCue, who have provided FlexCore pedestrian safety barriers, and UniCarriers who provided the Counterbalance ET trucks which will be used by competitors throughout the heats.

    Each operator competed in four tests, including a pre-use inspection, theory knowledge assessment and two practical operating tests (Explosive Mixer and Fun Factory). This year’s tests have been themed according to RTITB’s competition test sponsors Pyroban, Transaid, TruckLOG, DOLAV and Racking & Storage Solutions Ltd. B & B Attachments once again supported the competition, as the attachment sponsor.

    The day concluded with Kris Scarborough from Wilko Retail Ltd being announced as the overall winner of today’s heat, and Adam Hayes, Travis Perkins, as the runner up. Both will move forward to the Grand Final, to be held at RTITB’s headquarters in Shropshire in early 2017.

    On Friday, the next two operators with the lowest marking scores who did not earn a place in their individual heat, will also move forward to the Grand Final.

    Since 2008, RTITB has held the bi-annual Operator of the Year competitions, celebrating the skills, safety and professionalism of lift truck operators from across the UK. This year, RTITB opened up entries to operators across the world, and today’s heat included an operator from the USA, showing how RTITB are keen to celebrate operators internationally, as well as within the UK industry. This heat also included Srinivasa Devappa, winner of the Praguna India Forklift Operator of the Year competition, who was also trained by Praguna.winner-second-place-and-2-runners-up

    The competition will continue throughout the duration of the IMHX event, ending on Friday 16th September. For further information on the competition, visit www.opofyear.com, or follow on Twitter (@opofyear) or Facebook – RTITB Operator of the Year Competition. Visit stand 9A40 to watch the heats in action.

    Heat one’s finalist line up was:

    Adam Hayes, trained and employed by Travis Perkins

    Chuck Long, trained and employed by Boise Cascade

    Gary Boocock, trained and employed by Wincanton

    Jan Kontul, trained and employed by Diageo Global Supply

    Kris Scarborough, trained and employed by Wilko Retail Ltd

    Kristian Sherratt, trained and employed by Travis Perkins

    Madalina Ciobota, trained and employed by Wincanton

    Phillips Padley, trained by and employed by Wilko Retail Ltd

    Richard Dunn, trained by and employed by Wilko Retail Ltd

    Srinivasa Devappa, trained and employed by Praguna