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Safe forklift operation

Published: 30 October 2009
Last Updated: 26 October 2009

Purpose
Employers
Forklift operators
Seatbelts
Training and licence requirements
More information

Purpose

A worker was fatally injured in a recent forklift incident in Queensland. The purpose of this safety alert is to remind employers and forklift operators of the need to operate forklifts in a safe manner.

Photo 1: Operate forklifts in a safe manner

Photo 1: Operate forklifts in a safe manner.

Employers


Forklift operators


Seatbelts

Seatbelts are provided on most forklifts and should be worn. Seatbelts help to:

  1. Stop the operator being thrown out of the seat if the forklift is involved in a collision.
  2. Keep the operator's body within the confines of the overhead guard.
  3. Prevent the operator being thrown out of the forklift and crushed if the forklift becomes unstable.

Where a forklift is not fitted with a seatbelt the forklift owner should consider retro fitting a seatbelt. The seatbelt should be fitted in accordance with the forklift manufacturer's instructions.

Training and licence requirements

NOHSC 7019 (1992) - Operation of Load shifting and Other Specified Equipment provides guidelines which cover the minimum competencies required for safe use and operation of the specified industrial equipment.

All users, trainees and operators of industrial equipment covered by this national standard are required to:


In summary:


More information

Further information is on forklift safety is available at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or by calling the WHS Infoline 1300 369 915.

In particular: