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Operation and Maintenance of Your Forklift

Forklift Safety November 25, 2016

To operate a forklift in Australia, you need to have a Forklift licence, many people just forget the second they have their forklift licence, what their supposed to check before they start operation of a forklift.  Keep in mind that it is the businesses responsibility to make sure the the right procedures are followed.

Before you start the forklift, its important to ensure that it is in safe working order, ready to be used and capable of completing the task required of it. A business smart practice is to develop and implement a system of work that nominates the person who will ensure the safety checking occurs, e.g. a manager or supervisor.

Make sure your operators know to report any damage to your employer, supervisor, manager  or employee safety representative immediately.

If any damage or problems are noticed that are needing immediate repairs isolate the forklift so it cannot be used.

Make sure you get your operators to complete a checklist as part of your pre-operational  routine (example below).  This is an important part of any effective maintenance program, if you are using a new or different forklift.  This checklist will help you become familiar with the machine.

Pre-operation Forklift Checklist

Forklift operators should do the following before starting :

  • Tyres : Check all for wear or damage, and pressure  (if applicable)
  • Fluids: Check all for wear or damage, fuel and coolant
  • Seating:  Check the condition and adjustment
  • Warning devices: Check lights, horns, reversing beeper, and flashing light
  • Capacity: Check for signs of wear to the lift chains and guides
  • Hydraulic cylinders and hoses:  Check  for any leaks
  • Tynes: Check for excessive wear, damage, cracks or repairs
  • Seatbelt: Make sure it is in good working order (if fitted)
  • Guarding: Check that all guards are in place

Once started

  • Controls: Check that all pedals and controls operate correctly
  • Brake: Check that all (including parking brake) operate correctly

This list is far from exhaustive, and can be added to at any time, and developed for specific pieces of equipment or the particular environment that you are operating your forklift in. If you are stuck for ideas you can always contact your local dealer.

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Forklift Licensing Requirements in Australia

Forklift Safety November 1, 2016

Forklift Training

If your wanting to operate a forklift in Australia, you’ll need to have a Australian Forklift License. Which means you will need to sit for and be assessed for a forklift licence in Australia.

Regulations have changed recently, and anyone who is planning to work as a full time forklift operator will also need to be assessed. Even if you have been working as a forklift driver, you might have to be re-assessed, depending on when you got your forklift ticket.

Here’s a summary of guidelines and regulations applying to forklift licenses.

 

  • Your local Work Place Health and Safety office will have the most recent information regarding forklift licenses that you need, and there are many different companies offering courses in Australia.  Talk to your local forklift licensing business to find out the particulars you might need in your state.

 

  • If you have had your forklift license for a few years, you should check that they are still valid, as regulation has now been passed to the states. There’s a new type of training in place for forklifts, and you have to be assessed according to the most current requirements in your state.

 

  • Forklift licenses need to be renewed every 5 years, and classroom training is required every three years to refresh your knowledge and get updated on recent Australian regulations.

 

  • You need to be over 18 to apply for forklift licenses and a different type of license is needed, depending on the type of work you do and the type of  fork lift. If you sit down and don’t handle materials, a simple license for forklift is going to be enough.

 

But if you are required to load and actual pick the stock, you are going to need advanced training. These types of forklift licenses are called order-picker licenses.

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