This summer I’m going to be out in the fields again, working festivals and other live music events. One of the pieces of kit we use around site is the telehandler – whether it’s unloading cable cases from trucks, carrying big desks to front of house or moving kit around site.
I recently spent a day down at C & G Training in Stonehouse in the company of trainer Ian Ison who worked me through the theory and basic training on the machine. They have a great digger playground where you can practise rough terrain driving, loading trucks, stacking pallets and high-level lifts onto scaffolding.
The novice course is usually 4 days, and with only time for one I wasn’t going to learn everything. We concentrated on the low-level work, similar to the stuff we do on site.
There’s no such thing as a license-to-drive this equipment – it’s all about competence (and being able to prove it if required). C & G were brilliant at tailoring a course for my needs (and without much time to plan) – top marks all round.
My new skills should prove handy over the summer – less pushing flightcases through mud, and more diesel power!