July 4, 2018

NSW to Crack Down on Forklift Safety

SafeWork NSW is cracking down on dangerous worksites as part of an ongoing forklift safety blitz, after inspectors visited 180 businesses in March this year and found significant safety breaches, leading to more than 90 notices.
“I’m seriously concerned by the industry’s lack of compliance with forklift safety, so I’ve directed our inspectors to come down hard on businesses that aren’t following the rules,” said SafeWork NSW acting executive director Tony Williams.
“The recent inspections found the most common breaches included faulty and unsafe forklifts, drivers not wearing seatbelts, and poor traffic management.
“Forklift incidents are largely preventable, and I’m committed to ensuring worker safety is front of mind for everyone on worksites.”
From July 2014 to July 2016, more than 1300 workers were injured in forklift incidents, and this included three fatalities.
Williams said these incidents also cost the NSW workers compensation system more than $30 million.
Additional blitz operations are continuing next month as part of SafeWork’s ‘Take forking safety seriously’ program, aimed at reducing deaths and injuries from the use forklifts.
SafeWork is continuing to take action against businesses that breach forklift safety rules, and during 2017, four NSW businesses were prosecuted and fined a total of $835,000.
“Whether you are an employer or a worker, forklift safety is everyone’s responsibility, and these compliance operations aim to help raise awareness and prevent future incidents,” Williams said.

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