Safe work method statement - Forklift truck - Operation of forklift truck
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;
Safety procedure includes
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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