Australian Forklift Training observe that it is important for each forklift company to allocate set areas for parking forklifts, so that forklift operators know exactly where they should and should not leave their machines.
Parking areas should be clear of walkways, doorways, first aid stations, fire fighting equipment, sloping surfaces, emergency exits, where it is obstructing other traffic or less than two meters from any railway track.
Forklift operators generally have a habit of leaving forklifts where ever they like unless set areas are allocated. Leaving thoroughfares clear can be essential for keeping productivity and traffic flow high.
Doorways should be kept clear at all times, so that they can be used as a form of an exit in case of an emergency and if so emergency workers can get access to a building during an emergency.
Walkways need to be marked and kept clear to keep pedestrians safe and to reduce accidents and injury. Parking in front of first aid stations and fire fighting appliances can slow up emergency response time and can also wreak havoc with the insurance coverage of a forklift operator/forklift company if a claim needs to be made.
Australian Forklift Training recommend forklift operators and forklift companies to allocate set parking areas around worksites to ensure things run smoothly.