Blogger Nick Welch

Nick Welch
  • The following blog articles are opinion pieces written by the blogger Nick Welch.
  • Nick Welch is Senior Technical Development Executive for RTITB, the largest forklift training accrediting body in the UK and Ireland, recognised by the HSE, HSA and HSENI.
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10 ways to minimise forklift training risk during the COVID-19 outbreak
24 June 2020
In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Nick Welch has received lots of questions about whether to continue forklift training and whether it's possible to safely deliver materials handling equipment (MHE) training.
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Training new operators
21 January 2019
Did you know that workers are more likely to have an accident in their first six months on the job than at any other time in their working life? Nick Welch highlights how training can ensure workers' safety and avoid unnecessary injuries.
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7 things you should know about reach truck training
8 June 2018
Nick Welch looks at the training reach truck operators need for safe and compliant operation.
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Are your training records up to standard?
24 May 2018
It's vital that records of forklift operator training are held by all employers, because it is proof that training - not just testing - took place, according to Nick Welch.
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Top tips for safe forklift mounting and dismounting
1 November 2017
Many musculoskeletal and other injuries occur when operators are getting on and off forklift trucks. Although mounting and dismounting techniques may vary, depending on the particular truck, the following steps should be considered to reduce the risk of incident or injury, according to Nick Welch.
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8 top tips to efficient cold store forklift operations
29 March 2017
Special environments require unique approaches, according to Nick Welch.
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How to choose the right forklift training
25 July 2016
Nick Welch offers some advice on selecting appropriate training.
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Slow and steady always wins the race
6 April 2016
Materials handling is not a sprint, if you want to do it safely, according to Nick Welch.
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Are your forklift operators fully trained?
13 April 2015
Nick Welch warns that Basic Operator Training is just the start of operator preparation.
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Supervisors are responsible for forklift operations
2 February 2015
As awareness of the risks of forklift operation rises, Nick Welch argues that the buck stops with supervisors.
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Reducing complacency in the workplace
30 September 2014
When accidents involving forklifts occur, often the first question is "what did the operator do/not do?" It's inevitable. But Nick Welch suggests we look at the bigger picture.
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Making the Case for Conversion Training
8 July 2014
Qualifications on one machine do not guarantee competence on other equipment, warns Nick Welch.
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Modernising ACoP L117
21 October 2013
The UK's comprehensive safety guidelines continue to evolve, and Nick Welch advises employers and operators to stay on top of the changes.
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Monitoring and managing risk
4 June 2013
Besides complying with regulations, monitoring and managing safety make business senses, according to Nick Welch.
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Training can reduce risk
13 February 2013
Forklifts are ubiquitous in industry, moving goods and materials in every sector. Unfortunately, as Nick Welch explains, they are involved in about a quarter of all workplace transport accidents.
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