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Forklift safety blitz to improve business safety

Posted by NSW Finance, Services & Innovation on 6 September 2019

More than 230 businesses across Sydney were issued with 225 enforcement notices by SafeWork NSW inspectors as the workplace-safety regulator conducted its latest blitz on forklift safety. 

SafeWork NSW Director Metropolitan Operations and Sector Initiatives, Elizabeth Tosti said during the blitz in June, Safework Inspectors issued a number of notices to secure compliance. 

"A total of 115 enforcement notices were issued directly to ensuring the safe use of forklifts trucks and, another 107 (should this be 110 - so numbers add up to the 225 stated above) enforcement notices were issued in relation to other safety issues," Elisabeth Tosti said. 

"Notices were issued regarding: traffic management and the separation of plant and people, use of fitment of seatbelts on forklift appropriate maintenance of forklifts and the correct licensing of operators. 

"We will continue to focus on the safe use of forklifts particularly separation between pedestrians and forklifts," Ms Tosti said. 

Ms Tosti said SafeWork inspectors have made over 900 forklift related workplace visits since June 2018 and were continuing to help businesses identify and manage risks associated with the safe use of forklifts. 

"One of the best ways of ensuring a safe workplace is keeping people separated from forklifts with either barriers or clearly-marked walkways," Ms Tosti said. 

"Ensuring forklifts are well maintained, attachments are compliant, and access to forklifts is well controlled, is important. It is also critical that operators have current qualifications, wear seat belts, secure unstable loads and adhere to all traffic management plans which businesses must monitor. 

"Our distribution and warehouse centres are obviously essential to our economy. Pro-active activities like this from SafeWork can help prevent injuries and stoppages and will reduce costs associated with injuries for businesses,"Ms Tosti said. 

For further information on forklift safety, visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au 

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