Campaign to reduce forklift injuries


The heads of Workplace Safety Authorities Australia (HWSA) will conduct a national campaign, aimed at reducing the rates of incidents and injury from forklift-related tasks.

According to the HWSA, forklift trucks present a well-known hazard in many work environments.

It presents a high risk of severe work-related injury or fatality to operators, those working around forklifts, and others in the workplace.

Between 2000 to 2007, there were more than 7400 work-related injuries in Australia where forklift trucks were the nominated “Agency of Accident.”

The national HWSA campaign will specifically look at the safety of forklift truck operations. It will aim to highlight the importance of systematically identifying hazards in workplaces and implementing sustainable control measures to eliminate or minimise incidents of harm.

The forklift safety campaign will begin with a series of industry forums to explain the campaign and highlight the relevant issues.

These will be followed by a compliance campaign at targeted sites, with workplace audits expected to begin later this month.

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