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Forklift Safety

Forklifts can be a dangerous piece of equipment if not used/driven in the correct way. Forklifts have been proven to cause serious injuries in workplaces in Victoria.

It is important to remember that people and forklifts do not mix. A sensible and practical traffic management plan should be implemented in all workplaces that operate forklifts, with separation of people and forklifts the main aim. A major factor with injuries (& even death) associated with forklifts is falling loads off forklifts. Loads on forklifts must be secured at all times whilst operating a forklift.

To reduce risks of forklift-related incidents, there are many factors to consider:

  • Fully licensed and qualified forklift drivers should be operating the forklift.
  • Hi-visibility vests and seat belts should always be worn.
  • Operator pre-checks of the forklift prior to driving, such as checking for any brake     faults, warning devices, tyres, mast and tynes.
  • Look around you, observe the surrounding area. Check the overall height of your load and check the load is secure.
  • Drive at safe speeds, observing speed signs at all times.
  • Ensure clear visibility at all times whilst driving the forklift.
  • Do not lift a person on the tynes of the forklift. A safety cage should be used to carry a man.
  • Do not overload the forklift. Each forklift has a load capacity rating, this rating should not be exceeded.
  • Load your product evenly on the tynes.
  • When parking the unit at the end of use, ensure the forklift is parked in a designated area, key switched off and removed.

Remember, most incidents that occur with forklifts are preventable. When you use a forklift correctly and obey all rules and regulations, the risk of injury will be greatly reduced.

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Forklift Used in Underground Tunnel

All Lift Hire will go out of their way to assist companies when it comes to hiring materials handling equipment.

Michael Rawlings, All Lift Hire Service Supervisor, received a call from Leighton Contractors early January 2015 to hire a 10-12t forklift. Not a big deal, except the request from Leighton Contractors was very unusual. The problem was the forklift needed to go underground and needed to weigh under 10t. A 12t forklift weighs around 14-16t. Leighton Contractors were laying culverts for the tunnel at Tullamarine Airport.


As with all requests at All Lift Hire, we didn’t think this was a task that was beyond us, we suggested we could dismantle the forklift to get the weight under 10t.


Two x Technicians, Michael Rawlings and Luke Hadow went to the site at Tullamarine and dismantled the mast, cabin and counterweights to have the forklift craned in. Other modifications were also required to the forklift to adapt to the requirements of the forklift working underground. This took 2 days to achieve, but the end result was a working forklift, underground at Tullamarine.


The team at Leighton Contractors was more than happy with the efforts from All Lift Hire.


All in a day’s work for All Lift Hire!