Get serious about forking safety

  • Date: 23 Jan 2017
  • Categories: WH&S


We’re serious about forking safety, and you should be too.

This guide (hit link above or below) prepared by Worksafe NSW will help you hold toolbox talks with your workers about the three main causes of forklift deaths and serious injuries, which are:

1. pedestrians being hit by a forklift

2. pedestrians or drivers being hit by the load a forklift is carrying or lifting

3. drivers being crushed in a tip-over.

When it comes to working safely around forklifts, businesses are responsible for the health and safety of workers, contractors, volunteers, and any visitors to your site.

By law you must:

• identify and act on any potential hazards

• put systems in place for the safe use of forklifts

• provide suitable information, training, instruction or supervision to keep workers safe

• notify SafeWork NSW of all serious injuries/illnesses and dangerous incidents.

There are further resources and guides about working safely with forklifts, which can downloaded free from the SafeWork NSW website www.safework.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 10 50.

These three toolbox talks will help you to start a safety conversation with your workers about forklifts.

You should always encourage and support safety behaviour in your workplace, and get serious about forking safety.

Access the Toolbox talks here