Week-long forklift safety blitz launched

SafeWork NSW has launched a week-long forklift safety inspection as part of its ‘Take forking seriously’ program.

The safety blitz aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from forklifts. Safety inspectors will visit businesses in Sydney to make sure they are meeting safety and licensing laws.

Between July 2014 and July 2016, 1,355 workers were injured in forklift incidents, which tragically included three deaths, and cost the NSW workers compensation system more than $ 30.5 million.

“Despite the inherent dangers of forklifts in the workplace, we strongly believe incidents can be reduced,” said Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy.

“Inspectors will this week be checking Sydney businesses are complying with safety and licensing laws as well as outlining some of the support available to improve forklift safety.”

Mr. Dunphy also said businesses should make sure they have a traffic management plan that separates pedestrians and vehicles to ensure safety.

“A traffic management plan should include signage, ‘no go’ zones, use of pedestrian walkways, and exclusion zones during loading and unloading,” he said.

“Businesses should also ensure forklift operators have a current and valid licence, and always wear a seat belt.

‘At the end of the day, safety is everyone’s responsibility, so we hope this week’s blitz will send a strong message to workplaces and help prevent more workers from being injured or killed on the job.”

More information about forklift safety can be accessed through SafeWork NSW’s website.

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