A Gore farm machinery company’s lack of effective repairs to a tractor has resulted in a substantial fine and reparations to an injured farm worker.
“Vehicle service industries must ensure diligent workmanship, systems and practices in the work that they do to prevent injuries to users,” says WorkSafe Head of Specialist Interventions, Simon Humphries.
The HSWA has recently been updated and offers a range of tools and resources that are very helpful to keep yourself, your staff and visitors onsite safe on and around forklifts.
Systematic attention to machinery management is urged
News from Worksafe - Port Lyttleton was fined for machinery maintenance failures, read this article to find out how to prevent this from happening to you.
Pedestrians and Forklifts
This case highlights the need to have procedures to separate pedestrians and forklifts, safety flashing lights and reverse alarms are essential where pedestrians and forklifts mix.
You must have a clear plan and communication to keep pedestrian traffic clear from operating machinery.
Other forklift related links
News from Australia - we look to Australian news as their H&S policies lead into ours well.
This article is interesting because the farming company had left their forklift with the keys in it and available for others to use. Personally I think this was a bit unfair however definitely highlights the need to be responsible for the machinery on your site, no matter who is using it. Take the keys out and make it unavailable for use unless you authorise it.
Using forklifts indoors - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Do you use your forklift indoors? - Have a read of this fact sheet.
The LTSA website spells out the definition of a road to help you decide if your forklift should be registered and have a WOF. After reading this we believe if you are using your forklift to drive on the road, in a car park or if it is used in your yard but the public have access to e.g. timber yards, hire centres, transport yards etc you should have it done. If you have a restricted access gate house or similar that the public can not access then you may not, however your forklift should still be up to the safe working standard set by the WOF.
A member of our staff was pulled over by the police a couple of months ago while driving a forklift on the road, they not only checked that the forklift had a current Registration and WOF, but also asked to see the drivers licence to check if they had the required "F" endorsement.
To get your forklift driver's licence click on the link below
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Storage and Distribution Specialists Ltd was fined $7825 after a truck driver's foot was broken when it was run over by a forklift loading at another company's site. Neither PCBU had consulted on exclusion zones or other measures to protect drivers during forklift operation.
Two Airtech workers and one NZ Hot House worker were involved in a carbon monoxide incident July 2016. Airtech had not identified the risk of CO poisoning arising from the use of the forklift. NZ Hot House had not developed a safe system of work when using LPG Forklifts, nor an adequate system to manage contractors.
The Tasman Tanning Company Ltd was fined $380,000 when a forklift driver lost consciousness twice when he was exposed to hydrogen sulphide gas, resulting in a concussion and injuries to his face and nose. The gas is a known hazard in the tanning industry.
Standard Operating Procedures - a well written standard operating procedure sets out how a job is to be done to achieve objectives such as safety, quality time, budget or other deliverables.
Driving is the top risk for many NZ organisations. Statistics indicate that up to 30% of workplace accidents and 13% of fatalities are vehicle related. Unfortunately road crashes are not identified as work related so the problem is not accurately measured or addressed by most employers.
If you are using a man cage with your forklift - please ensure that it is certified and that you follow the guidelines for working at height. I have made up a one page guideline (taken from "working at heights" information on the Worksafe website). Click here for our link or check out Worksafe Website for their guidelines by clicking here.