Career outlook for forklift truck operator
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would load and unload goods and deliveries. You’d move them to and from storage areas in a warehouse or depot.
You’d need to be safety-conscious and responsible when using the forklifts and other trucks.
It would be important to be able to judge weights, distances and heights and have the physical co-ordination to operate the truck. There may be busy times when you have to work quickly.
- Load and unload goods from vehicles such as lorries or aircraft
- Move goods packed on pallets or in crates around the storage facility
- Stack goods in the correct storage bays, following stock control instructions
- Check loads are secure
- Stack empty pallets
- Do daily equipment checks, for example recharging the truck's battery
- Help to load and unload trucks by hand where necessary
- Perform other warehouse tasks like packing
You'd need to be able to follow written instructions and keep records.
You could work with various machines including counter-balance trucks, telescopic handlers, side-loading trucks and pedestrian-controlled pallet lifting equipment.
UK employment status
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