A new year means new workers, tight deadlines and plenty of forklift activity. We want to remind businesses and workers to keep safe, don’t take shortcuts and to always stick to the usual safety procedures.
In the five years to June 2015, 13 workers died as a result of a forklift incident and 39 were left with serious injuries.
Recently, we have seen more and more forklift incidents resulting in serious injuries.
One involved an 18-year-old warehouse picker who suffered a fractured leg when a forklift driver, who was unlicensed and unauthorised, reversed into him. In another incident, a 35-year-old forklift driver also fractured his leg when a high reach forklift tipped over onto him.
As part of our ‘Take forking safety seriously’ campaign, we’ve been visiting businesses across NSW and talking to business owners and workers about how we can work together to make forklift sites safer for everyone. We’ve visited 500 workplaces so far, with more to come in the new year.
Here’s what we want you to remember:
Keep ’em separated
Out of all the injuries and fatalities, a whopping 33 of them involved pedestrians. This means people working around the forklift – either onsite workers or visitors to the site – like delivery drivers and contractors.
If you work near forklifts, you are equally at risk of being hit or crushed by the forklift or its load.
Keep yourself away from forklifts at all times, and print out our free guide for working safely around forklifts.
Don’t lose your load
Most forklift loads become unstable when a suitable attachment is not used, or when the load isn’t secured to a pallet.
It’s crucial that you only move a stable load and use the right attachment for the load. Check out our guide for forklift operators for more info.
It’s simple: seatbelts save lives.
None of the forklift operators killed in a tip-over were wearing a seat belt. Wearing a seatbelt is a simple way to prevent injury and death.
We’re serious about forking safety, and you should be too. Visit our forklift safety page for guides, a toolbox talk, videos, licence information and more. Be sure to order our free forking safety poster to start the conversation about safety on your site.