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Safe work method statement - Forklift truck - Operation of forklift truck

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Operation of a forklift truck

Forklift trucks are used in any number of industries to undertake the transfer, lifting and movement of loads, loading/unloading of vehicles, etc.

  • The nature of the load to be shifted and associated hazards e.g. mass of load to be lifted and moved shall determine the size and type of forklift truck required.
  • Forklift trucks are available with a number of attachments and devices e.g. personnel platform, lifting attachment, etc.

Hazards and risks

Hazards associated with the general operation of a forklift truck in the performance of a task would include but not be limited to:

  • Overloading of a forklift truck when used to lift a load may result in structural failure of the forklift truck;
  • Damage to a forklift truck where an operator has not been instructed as to the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise risk;
  • Persons struck and damage to property and plant where a forklift truck is not operated correctly causing rear swing;
  • Death or serious injury to persons where an operator has not been instructed as to the controls to implement when operating a forklift truck on a steep gradient or incline;
  • Etc.

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Forklift truck - Operational of forklift truck safe work method statement

Forklift truck - Operation of forklift truck safe work method statement is a 16 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness generated as a result of undertaking the operation of a forklift truck.
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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • Operation of a forklift truck.
  • Lifting and/or raising of a load.
  • Transferring of a load with a forklift.
  • Traversing a sloping surface or gradient with a forklift.
  • Overloading of a lifting attachment.
  • Operating a forklift truck in a confined space.
  • Forklift operator competency.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Training requirements.
  • Housekeeping of a workplace.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for the operation of a forklift truck.

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