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Getting to know Adrian White


Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 ( #908 ) - Berkshire, United Kingdom
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Adrian White
CFTS, the body behind a national standard for the Thorough Examination of lift trucks, recently appointed Adrian White as a technical manager.
Adrian, who’s based in York, is an experienced engineer who will support CFTS’ growing number of accredited companies in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland. He spoke to Forkliftaction News.

Forkliftaction News: Prior to this appointment, what has been your biggest achievement?
Adrian White: I have earned a number of achievements throughout my career. The main one is passing my Non-Destructive Testing Level 2 exam through PCN (Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing). This is an international scheme for the certification of NDT technicians and supervisors and meets BS EN ISO 9712 requirements. This certification has given me the required qualifications and expertise to inspect and advise on defects found within high tensile steel structures. I am also very proud of a training course that I designed, created and implemented and was specifically on fork arms. The course was widely accepted in the industry as a leading training format.
 
Forkliftaction News: What excites you most about the materials handling industry? 
Adrian White: Every day is a new challenge. Our industry deals with so many different companies that it keeps each day fresh and interesting. As CFTS technical manager for the North, I cover Scotland, Ireland and the North of England, so I’ll meet a variety of people. It is the people that make the industry what it is today.
 
Forkliftaction News: What is the most significant change you have seen in the industry in your time?
Adrian White: The introduction of the national procedure for Thorough Examination was very important. In co-operation with the Health and Safety Executive, CFTS pioneered a quality process that encompassed LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 and I’m delighted to join the organisation. But change is happening all the time, and now we’re seeing the industry embracing the digital era. Having started my career as a forklift truck engineer, I have witnessed the amount of paperwork that was once used. It’s great to see the sector now moving into the paperless world at last.
 
Forkliftaction News: What is the biggest opportunity that you see in your new role? 
Adrian White: One of the biggest opportunities within my role will be to see all our members go 100%  paperless using our Protean software. I’m also looking forward to visiting customers and seeing how I can support them in maintaining the high standards that CFTS operates by.

Forkliftaction News: Can you share one piece of information about yourself which would surprise our readers?
Adrian White: I have a love for anything with two wheels, holidaying anywhere hot, music, and perhaps unsurprisingly, anything beard-related!
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