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20 questions on forklift safety

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Absolute Forklift Training  specialises in a range of training and refresher courses for forklift operators in Sydney.

Absolute Forklift Training addresses key safety issues through a set of 20 questions to cover operator safety, equipment, licensing and maintenance.

Do I always have to wear the seat belt when operating a forklift truck?

WHS rules require an employer to ensure that the operator of the forklift always uses the seat belt. The company could face action if an employee is injured when not wearing the seat belt.

Should all forklift trucks be equipped with reversing beepers?

No necessarily, since some older models were manufactured without them. An assessment should be conducted to establish if reversing beepers are a necessary requirement for a particular working environment.

Should all forklift trucks be equipped with flashing lights?

Since older models were manufactured without them, an assessment should be conducted to establish if flashing lights are a necessary requirement depending on the particular working environment.

What direction must the load face when travelling up a ramp?

The forklift must travel up the ramp forwards with the load facing uphill.

When travelling, at what height should the load and forks arms be?

Just below front axle height or at a reasonable distance from the operating surface.

What is the most suitable type of forklift truck to use in a confined or restricted space?

A battery powered/ electric forklift truck.

Should a load be raised or lowered near or over people?

Never under any circumstances since the load may fall and hurt someone.

What is meant by the term ‘rated capacity’ in relation to a forklift truck?

Rated capacity is the maximum load that a forklift truck is designed to carry at a specified load height to a specific load centre distance.

Can an employer allow a person who is not competent, to operate high risk work machinery?

Not unless the person is enrolled in formal training for an HRW forklift licence with a Registered Training Organisation and is supervised onsite by a high risk work forklift licence holder.

What are the minimum distances you would work between overhead high voltage power lines in NSW?

  • 3 metres up to 132,000 volts
  • 6 metres from 132,000 volts up to 330,000 volts
  • 8 metres from 330,000 volts and above
If you are required to work within the 3m minimum distance for high voltage electrical power lines, what should you do?

Notify the local power authority and have the power supply shut off. Also, always use a trained safety observer.

What is the validity of the 29 HRW licences?

All HRW licences are valid for 5 years and must be renewed at this time.

Can a forklift carry two people?

Only if the forklift is designed to do so or is rated to carry two people.

In an emergency what would you do?

Notify and warn all personnel of the danger, and where the danger is located, and give directions to emergency services.

I have not driven a forklift in years but I am licensed and my employer is asking me to operate a forklift again. Should I operate it even though I don’t feel competent?

First seek suitable forklift training or hand in your HRW forklift licence to the regulator (WorkCover).

When planning to move loads with a forklift, what should you do?

Look out for hazards and implement control measures.

When operating a forklift over roadways or areas open to the public, what should you do?

Display signs and flashing warning lights, place barricades or barriers around the work area and use a traffic controller or flagman to control the traffic flow and pedestrians.

What are tiger tails?

Warning indicators for high voltage electrical power lines.

When should you implement hazard control measures?

Before starting work and during work.

When would you select PPE?

Before starting work.

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