Forklift safety can be improved when workers and businesses work together.

Forklifts (also called industrial lift trucks) are used to lift, stack and transfer loads in many workplaces across NSW. However, every year they continue to cause workplace deaths and injuries resulting in substantial financial and human costs for workers, industry and the community.

The main reasons why people are killed or seriously injured by a forklift include:

  1. hit by a forklift because of driver error, working too close to the forklift or inadequate traffic management
  2. hit by a load a forklift was moving because the driver did not use an attachment when one was needed, or assisting to adjust or steady the load
  3. not wearing a seat belt in a tip-over. The forklifts mostly tipped because operators were turning on uneven or sloping ground.

Forklift incidents can be prevented, especially when workers and businesses work together to improve health and safety at work.

Thumbnail image of forking safety poster


Take a look at our free guides which have customised safety information for forklift operators, business owners and people who work near forklifts (pedestrians).

Print our forklift safety poster and use our toolbox talk to get serious about forking safety.

Search 'forking' in our publications shop to order copies of the 'Take Forking Safety Seriously' poster and sticker.


If you are a business you need to make sure your forklift drivers hold a current and valid licence.

Information about forklift licences

Check a forklift licence

Forklift safety videos

For more tips on staying safe around forklifts - watch our safety videos

Separation is the key to forklift safety

Forklift instructional safety video

Forklift load handling

Forklifts hitting pedestrians

Loading pallets onto a truck safely

Unloading pallets from a truck tray safely

Moving around safely during loading and unloading

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