Counter Balance

The counterbalance forklift is the most commonly used piece of equipment for moving freight around a warehouse. The forks do not move forward, so operators have to get right up next to the load they intend to carry.

counter balance forklift driver with team in Norfolk warehouse

The most common and widely used material handling machine and the workhorse of industry, capable of lifting small palletized loads in the workplace of less than 1 tonne, ranging to higher capacity 70 tonne container moving machines.

Counterbalance trucks can be three or four wheeled vehicles, powered by battery, LPG or diesel. As with all mechanical handling aids, Counterbalance operators must be trained, tested and carry a current certificate of competence.

Operating a counterbalance forklift is infinitely more complex than using a hand pallet truck or reach truck. Allowing untrained drivers to work in your building is both unwise and unsafe.


Novice Operator: Duration 5 Days: For operators who have never previously operated a forklift truck.

Experience Operator: Duration 3 Days: For operators who have experience on a forklift truck but have no certification or their certificate is over 5 years old.

Refresher & Test: Duration 1 Day: For operators who’s certificate is between 3 & 5 years old. Student must be able to produce previous certification on the first day of the course.

Elements covered:

  • Responsibilities under the health & safety at work act, 1974
  • Operators Safety Code on a Counterbalance Forklift Truck
  • Battery maintenance and charging procedures
  • Pre-use checks on a Counterbalance Forklift Truck
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Motive controls
  • Hydraulic controls on a Counterbalance Forklift Truck
  • Manoeuvring in open and confined area’s including entry & aisle safety procedures
  • Stacking at different levels
  • Destacking at different levels

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