Forklifts are a very versatile tool to have in your workplace. With a large range of attachments available, one of the most common slip-on attachments is the Lift Work Platform. Unfortunately many business don’t really know what is required under Australia Law when it comes to putting a Lift Work Platform onto a forklift.
Forklifts which are used to lift work platforms need to comply with the following requirements under Australian standard AS2359.1
(a) The rated capacities of the trucks shall be equal to or greater than the following:
(i) For counterbalanced trucks, 1800 kg or 5 times the combined mass of platform and rated load, whichever is the greater.
(ii) For reach trucks (retractable mast or fork arms shall be fully retracted) and straddle trucks, 1000 kg or 3 times the combined mass of work platform and rated load, whichever is the greater.
(b) Where the elevating device is supported by hydraulics—
(i) a flow control device shall be provided to limit the lowering of a work platform to a maximum rate of 0.6 m/s in any situation which results from a failure of the hydraulic system; and
(ii) rigid connection shall be used between the flow control device and the mast cylinder.
In some States of Australia, the use of work platforms must be approved by the statutory authority. This approval may cover the type and capacity of truck, design and construction of the work platform and conditions of operation.
1 The use of work platforms with trucks is covered by AS 2359.2.
2. Information taken from Australian standard AS2359.1