WORKSAFE Victoria has produced an information pack to help employers prevent forklift incidents through improved forklift traffic management.
The free pack contains a guide, an interactive CD Rom and resources for workplaces.
It will be available from WorkSafe’s stand at the Freight Solutions 2003 conference and exhibition being held in Melbourne from September 3-5.
"There are very few transport and warehouse operations that don't have forklifts - that is why forklift safety is a major focus of this year's conference," said Trevor Martin, director of WorkSafe's transport and storage industry program.
"This pack is a result of WorkSafe working with academia and the industry to find solutions to common problems.
"Research showed us the reasons for many forklift-related injuries and deaths were not addressed by the regulations and certificates we had been enforcing for years.
"So we analysed injury data and went back to industry and said, 'here are the problems - you are the people working with forklifts everyday, what do you think are the solutions?
“As a result, when it comes to pedestrians, speed and stability, we know more than ever before,” he said.
"We know that the stopping distance of a loaded forklift is often seriously underestimated when planning for pedestrian safety. Even at a walking pace, a forklift has a stopping distance of at least three metres.
"We also know that when it comes to stability, forklifts usually fall sideways when they are empty and tip forward when loaded.
"These are the problems, but on a positive note, they are all fixable. And how to fix them is detailed in the Forklift Safety Pack."
During the three-day conference, staff from WorkSafe's transport industry program will be available to answer any questions about forklift safety.