Forklift Driver Medical

Relevant Legislation: Safe use of Rider-Operated Lift Trucks Approved Code of Practice and Guidance 2002.

Under the above Jersey legislation, existing and potential lift truck operators should be screened for fitness before employment and at five-yearly intervals from age 40. A lift truck operator who continues after age 65 should have annual assessments for fitness.

Assessment is also recommended after an absence of more than one month, or after a shorter absence if it is possible that the illness may have affected fitness to operate lift trucks. Fitness to return to work when signed off by a GP may not indicate fitness to operate a lift truck.

Assessment is also appropriate if lift truck operators, or their employers, suspect that they have developed a condition that may affect their continuing ability to operate lift trucks.