Warehouse worker killed in Sydney forklift incident


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A worker has been killed in a warehouse forklift incident in Sydney’s southwest.

The incident happened on Friday morning.

Emergency services were called to a warehouse at Condell Park shortly before 11 am following reports of the incident.

The man died at the scene.

SafeWork NSW will investigate the incident.

Between July 2012 and July 2014, 1,360 workers were injured in forklift incidents, including five fatalities, at a cost of $15.8 million to the NSW workers compensation scheme, according to figures from SafeWork NSW.

To reduce the risk of forklift incidents, SafeWork NSW advises businesses to implement traffic management plans.

These plans include practical rules about how and where all vehicles should be operated. Examples include:

  • Separating pedestrians from forklifts by barriers and pedestrian walkways;
  • Reducing speed limits;
  • Creating parking, maneuvering and loading areas, ‘no go’ zones, pedestrian crossings and signage.

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