Hiring a driver for your forklift rental

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There are many Toronto businesses for which a forklift rental makes more sense than purchasing or leasing.

Whether this is because, they require the vehicle for a single project or whether the business performs seasonal work and only uses the vehicles a few weeks or months out of the year, or whether they require a rental while the their own vehicle is in the shop, we can help business owners decide on the lift truck rental that best suits their needs.

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Whether or not you decide to rent a forklift for your business will ultimately depend on your company’s needs and circumstances. And whether you are leaning toward buying or renting, the professionals at Modern Forklift can help you come up with the best solution for your Toronto business.

Forklift Drivers For Forklift Rentals

When renting a forklift for the first time, the chances are that you will not have an operator in your workforce. For this reason, finding a properly qualified one is imperative. When it comes to forklift rentals, many companies, Modern Forklifts included, can help you find a qualified operator for a once-off project, but should you prefer to go the traditional route and hire one, there are a number of important points to consider. Let’s take a closer look.

Traits of an excellent forklift driver

Perhaps the most important aspect is experience. The more experienced the person, the more likely that they are able to operate the forklift without constant supervision. They will also be trained in forklift maintenance as well as operating the machine safely and efficiently, thereby not putting others at risk. Of course, the more experience the operator, the higher the salary. Therefore, things such as experience versus wage budgets need to be weighed up carefully. Crucially, however, some experience should be a pre-requisite.

Another critical aspect is whether or not the driver has received certification. Again, a certified driver is what you should be aiming for. Not only will they be well instructed in forklift operation, but safety standards as well. You may consider someone with slightly less experience but with the necessary certification as a good option.

Lastly, one final benefit would be to hire a driver who has used the forklifts you have rented in an operational situation previously.

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Physical characteristics

A good forklift operator should have a number of physical characteristics to ensure they can use the machine for long shifts.

  • They should not suffer from back problems.
  • They should not take any medication that can impair driving or decision making.
  • They should have excellent vision, especially when going from sunlit areas to darkened warehouses.
  • They should have excellent hearing, especially above the noise of the forklift.
  • They should not take drugs or abuse alcohol.
  • They should have above average reflexes.

Training program

Even if the person that you hire has extensive experience and may have even operated the type of forklift you have rented, they should be put through an extensive training program before starting work. Again, at Modern Forklift we can help you in this regard. This will ensure that they not only go over the basics and operation of a forklift but are instructed in the particular model you have rented, especially useful if they have never driven one before.

Lastly, instruct the driver in the particulars of the area in which they will work. This includes important information such as location of pedestrian only walkways, various floor gradients (if applicable) and various heights the forklift will operate at. Prior knowledge is particularly useful, even to an experienced operator.

Finding the right forklift driver might take a little time, but rather that than having a serious forklift related accident in the workplace.  Remember, you’ve put considerable thought into the renting a forklift – be sure to employ the same thoughtfulness in choosing the right driver.

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