Outside of their driving duties, its also a forklift operator's responsibility to keep a check on his/her forklift. They should know how to inspect the vehicle for fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid, coolant and battery water. However, major problems are likely to be referred to a supervisor. On the downside, operators all warn that if you can't tolerate sitting for long periods of time, perhaps this is not the occupation for you.
There will always be a need for forklift operators. 'Its a very stable occupation, offering long-term employment. Its an occupation that's been around for a very long time and its not going to disappear. People will always need items moved or stored. And even though warehouses will become computerised, there's still going to be a need for forklift operators.'