Forklift tip over fatality (5 May 2020)
Date of incident: 5 May 2020
A 31-year-old worker was killed when his forklift tipped over and crushed him, as he was driving down a driveway.
This is the second forklift fatality in NSW during the past five months.
Before operating a forklift, you:
- must hold a current high-risk work licence (class LF), be familiar with the operating controls and know the limitations of the forklift
- should always complete a pre-start safety check, such as:
- fluid levels (hydraulic oil, brake fluid and water)
- seat and seat belts
- steering, brakes, park brake, lights and operating controls
- hydraulic operations, such as lift, tilt and sideshift
- tyre condition and pressures (if applicable)
- fork tynes and attachments
- load-rating plate and safety decals
- test drive and function tests.
- should check that regular maintenance and servicing has been carried out
- must not be not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or suffering from fatigue, injury or illness,
When operating a forklift, you must:
- wear a seatbelt, unless a risk assessment indicates it’s not safe to do so and other controls prevent you being ejected from the forklift
- drive at a safe speed, noting site speed limits, load size, ground and weather conditions
- avoid aggressive driving, braking and steering, especially when turning
- never turn sideways on ramps or other sloping surfaces
- avoid driving on an incline with the load facing downhill
- never overload the forklift
- never drive with an elevated mast and load, unless you’re picking up or putting away the load
- ensure all loads are centred and secured.
When the forklift is left unattended, the ignition key should be removed, or ignition control locked off to stop unauthorised people from using it.
If the forklift does tip over your instinct may be to jump. This is likely to cause serious crush injuries or death. In a forklift tip over, you should:
- remain seated and don’t lean out of the forklift
- brace your feet, hold tight and lean away from the point of impact.