Forklift safety warning issued

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A strong warning on working safely around forklifts has been released by Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victori Dominello.

Recent figures showing that 1,360 workers were injured in forklift incidents, including 5 fatalities between July 2012 and July 2014, at a cost of $15.8 million to the NSW workers compensation scheme prompted Minister Dominello to issue the warning.

“Creating a safe workplace should be the number one priority for every business,” said Mr Dominello.

“Workplace incidents involving forklifts often result in serious injuries and operators need to be conscious of pedestrians at all times.”

SafeWork NSW reminds businesses to establish traffic management plans to help reduce the risk of forklift incidents. They recommend separating pedestrians from forklifts by barriers and pedestrian walkways; reducing speed limits; and creating parking, manoeuvring and loading areas, ‘no go’ zones, pedestrians crossings and signage.

SafeWork NSW produced a safety video to help in raising awareness of the issue. A rebate of up to $500 will also be available through its Small Business Rebate Program to enable local small businesses to implement safety improvements.

“We want all workers to return home safely to their families at the end of each day,” said Mr Dominello.

More information can be obtained on SafeWork NSW’s website.

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