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Forklift Safety

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The forklift truck is one of the most widely-used tools in today’s workplace, spanning multiple industries. From warehouses to construction and every industry in between, forklifts can conquer heavy-lifting with ease. This ease, however, also presents many dangers. Fortunately, the dangers can be balanced through proper use, training, and safety awareness. The following are some free or low-cost ways you can ensure forklift safety in your own industry.



Offer Forklift Safety Training
The first line of safety in forklift operation is to ensure your operators have proper training. The important thing to remember is that forklifts have the potential to be very dangerous to operators and surrounding employees if your operators are not trained properly, so ensuring the proper safety protocols are followed through extensive training will benefit your company’s safety numbers and your employee’s productivity.

Present General Forklift Safety to All Employees
Even if some of your employees will not be operating forklifts, all employees should be
aware of general forklift safety if they are to work around the machines. The following tips will encourage forklift operation safety:
  • Never jump on the forklift tines, and never ride on the tines or a load.
  • Never ride on any other part of the forklift unless the forklift is specifically equipped for a rider.
  • If the forklift is rider-equipped and you are riding, always wear your seatbelt. If the forklift happens to tip, never jump from the tipping forklift. Instead, lean away from the direction you are falling and stay in your seat.
  • Never stand under the tines or under a load. Hydraulics could give out at any time.
  • Stay away from the specified forklift path. If you must cross the path, use cross-paths if available, and always look both ways before crossing.
Supervise Operators for Safety
Ensuring your operators are following forklift safety is also important to maintaining high safety records. Supervisors should be aware of necessary safety protocols and should watch for any safety mistakes, such as the following:
  • Overloading the forklift/ Improper load placement and/or instability
  • Turning too quickly
  • Driving too fast overall and/or driving too fast on slippery surfaces
  • Travelling blindly/allowing the load to block the driver’s view
  • Tailgating another forklift or passing another forklift in a no-passing zone
  • Participating in horseplay or other unsafe activities
Overall, forklift safety is possible with the correct training and supervision. Because your workplace and employee safety are the most important part of your business, informing yourself, your supervisors, your forklift operators and your general employees about forklift safety will improve your safety and your employee productivity numbers.

For further forklift safety information contact MLA Holdings on 131 652 or
www.mlaholdings.com.au. Information for this article was sourced from www.safetyfirst.org.au.


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MLA Holdings Expands to Hunter, Newcastle, Central Coast, Gold Coast

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MLA Holdings Expands to Hunter, Newcastle, Central Coast, Gold Coast!
(Source: https://www.machines4u.com.au/mag/mla-holdings-expands-hunter-newcastle-central-coast-gold-coast/)


2018 proved to be a big year for MLA Holdings Pty Ltd (MLA). Already one of Australia’s most established and renowned
forklift suppliers, last year the company expanded not just to one market, but four: Gold Coast, Newcastle, Central Coast and the Hunter Region.

The first of these markets was the Gold Coast, where MLA purchased local business Classic Forklifts, which began trading as Classic MLA from July 2018.

Pictured: Classic MLA team at their new Molendinar facility on the Gold Coast. Source: Supplied.

“Classic Forklifts and MLA are a perfect fit for the Gold Coast,” said Richard Smith, Business Development Manager at Classic MLA. “Classic brings a strong local presence and a good understanding of Gold Coast business needs, and MLA has the experience and strength as the national distributor of Mitsubishi Forklifts.”
MLA Continues To Expand

Just a few short months later, in November 2018, MLA announced their expansion into the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast region with the purchase of two long-established forklift businesses.

The acquisition of Hunter Liftrucks and Inglis Equipment from owner Ray Inglis took effect November 1st, and the combined entities began trading in the region as Hunter MLA.

Pictured: The Hunter MLA team. Source: Supplied.

“Hunter Liftrucks, Inglis Equipment and MLA are a perfect combination for the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast Region,” said Geoff Marshall, Sales Manager at Hunter MLA.

“Both Hunter Liftrucks and Inglis Equipment bring a strong local presence and a good understanding of the area’s business needs, and MLA has the experience and strength as the national distributor and rental provider of Mitsubishi Forklifts.”

Overall, local customers will deal with the same friendly and professional teams they have always known, while gaining access to a wider range of products and services.

Source: https://www.machines4u.com.au/mag/mla-holdings-expands-hunter-newcastle-central-coast-gold-coast/

 

How to operate pedestrian forklifts safely

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Pedestrian Operated Forklifts (POFs) differ from forklift trucks because they are not intended to be controlled by an operator riding on the vehicle. While similar safe operating and maintenance procedures apply to all types of forklifts, the following control measures relate specifically to POFs. A licence/certificate is not required to operate POFs.


How to operate POFs safely:
  • Only trained operators may operate a POF.
  • Make pre-operational and post-operational safety checks.
  • Ensure the POF is suitable for the grades intended to be travelled.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as high visibility vest and steel capped footwear.
  • Do not operate a POF if hands or footwear are greasy.
  • Check the work area for damaged flooring, overhead obstructions, ramps and docks. Do not work too close to the edges of ramps or docks.
  • When travelling in reverse take care not to bump into objects, run over loose objects or trip over objects. Do not use a POF in an unauthorised area or explosive atmospheres.
  • Keep arms, hands, legs and feet away from the lifting mechanism and wheels.
  • Sound the horn when approaching intersecting aisles or blind corners.
  • When operating a POF on grades, ramps or inclines, face the load uphill, do not make turns. If it is necessary to park the POF on an incline, make sure the wheels are securely chocked.
  • Do not ride on the POF or allow another person to ride on it.
  • Do not exceed the safe lift limit of the POF when handling a load. These limits are specified on the data plate.
  • The forklift arm blades (tynes) should be a sufficient length to support at least 75% of the load.
  • The load should be stable and evenly distributed on both fork arms prior to lifting and when travelling. Fork arms should be sufficient distance apart to ensure the stability of the load.
  • Tilt the POF forward only when it is over a stack, rack or vehicle. Tilt the POF backwards only enough to stabilise the load.
  • Secure attachments as per the manufacturer's instructions and remember that attachments may affect the load centre of gravity.
  • When parking:
    • use the brake
    • lower forks to the ground
    • tilt forward if possible
    • do not leave key in the ignition if unattended
MLA Holdings Pty Ltd provide a wide range of Pedestrian forklifts, from 1.2t to 2.5t Power Pallet movers up to Pedestrian Straddle and Reach Stackers. The option for maintenance free Lithium-ion Batteries is also available.

For further forklift safety information contact MLA Holdings on 131 652 or
www.mlaholdings.com.au. Information for this article was sourced from www.worksafe.qld.gov.au.


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Hunter Liftrucks and Inglis Equipment become Hunter MLA

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MLA Holdings buys Hunter Liftrucks and Inglis Equipment - Featured in Hunter Business Review (www.hbrmag.com.au )

MLA Holdings (MLA), a leading nationwide forklift company, has expanded into the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast region of New South Wales with the purchase of two long-established forklift businesses.

The acquisition of Hunter Liftrucks and Inglis Equipment from owner Ray Inglis took effect November 1st, and the combined entities began trading in the region as Hunter MLA.

Ray Inglis started the Inglis Equipment forklift hire business in 1978, and the complementary forklift sales, parts and servicing business, Hunter Liftrucks, in 1985.

Both businesses specialise in helping local customers find the right equipment for the job. Over decades, they have built strong reputations for being responsive to customer needs, selling and hiring only quality forklifts, and supplying the very best service and reliable spare parts.

The new Hunter MLA Branch will incorporate the best of all three businesses. Local customers will deal with the same friendly and professional teams they have always known, while gaining access to a wider range of products and services.

“Hunter Liftrucks, Inglis Equipment and MLA are a perfect fit for the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast Region,” said Geoff Marshall, Sales Manager at Hunter MLA.

“Both Hunter Liftrucks and Inglis Equipment bring a strong local presence and a good understanding of the area’s business needs, and MLA has the experience and strength as the national distributor and rental provider of Mitsubishi Forklifts.”

For MLA, the acquisition makes it easier to reach customers in the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast region and provides synergies for the established branch structure and Sydney head office.

“Hunter MLA supports our vision to be the materials handling supplier of choice in the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast region of New South Wales,” said Matt Saunders, Operations Director for MLA.

 

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Forklifts - Getting on and off Safely

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How to reduce or eliminate the workplace health and safety risks from forklifts by making sure operators can get on and off safely.

 

Forklifts cause more death and injuries in workplaces than any other piece of equipment. This health and safety solution advises how workplaces can prevent workers getting injured when they get on and off forklifts. This includes:

  • buying or retrofitting forklifts with good footing, anti-slip surfaces and grab handles
  • ensuring operators maintain three points of contact when getting on and off forklifts
  • providing forklift safety training for workers

What is the problem?
Workers being injured while getting on and off a forklift.


What are the risks?

Forklifts cause more workplace deaths and injuries than any other piece of equipment. One in three forklift-related injuries occurs when an operator gets on or off a forklift, often resulting in muscoskeletal back injuries.

What is a solution to the problem?

Put in place risk control measures to eliminate or minimise any risks. When identifying risk controls consider:

·         purchasing or retro-fitting forklifts with good footing, anti-slip surfaces and grab handles

·         ensuring operators maintain three points of contact at all times while getting on and off a forklift (see picture)

·         making sure the operator’s seat and cabin are in good condition

·         freeing operating and parking areas of uneven surfaces and obstructions reducing the number of times workers get on and off a forklift

·         checking the park brake is set, the forks are lowered, and the controls neutralised when getting on a forklift

·         providing information and training on correct techniques to get on and get off forklifts by ensuring three points of contact

·         training operators not to jump from a forklift

A solution
Ensure forklifts have good footing, anti-slip surfaces and grab handles. MLA Holdings Pty Ltd, provide equipment that comes complete with front and rear grab handles, to ensure sufficient points of contact are available for entering and exiting forklifts safely.

Information for this article was sourced from www.worksafe.vic.gov.au. For further forklift safety information contact MLA Holdings Pty Ltd on 131 652 or www.mlaholdings.com.au.

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Safety for Forklift Operators

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Forklifts are used in many workplaces to lift, stack and transfer loads. Unfortunately, they continue to cause workplace deaths and injuries resulting in substantial human and financial costs. Forklift incidents can be prevented, especially when workers and businesses work together to improve workplace health and safety.


Forklift dangers
As forklifts must be manoeuvrable, they are designed to be compact. This means they can become unstable when carrying a load. Fully laden, a standard 2 tonne forklift can weigh over 5 tonnes. With lower stability and greater manoeuvrability, combined with uncontrolled traffic areas in workplaces, it’s easy to see how forklifts are often involved in incidents.

Training and qualifications
To operate a forklift in NSW you must have a high-risk work forklift licence. Training to get a high-risk work licence must be completed as part of a course from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
A person training to operate a forklift may operate a forklift at their workplace if they are:

  • enrolled with an RTO to train as a forklift operator, and directly supervised while operating the forklift by a person who has both the right licence to perform the high- risk work and suitable workplace experience. Operators should never drive a forklift if their forklift licence has expired.

Safety tips:
Operators have a responsibility to ensure a safe workplace. Operators must ensure they:

  • wear Personal Protective Equipment, comply with reasonable instructions and training, follow safe work procedures and do not put themselves or co-workers at risk.
  • report all incidents, near misses and hazards (including unsafe equipment) to their supervisor or Health and Safety representative.

To ensure operator safety and that of others, always drive and operate forklifts safely:

  • wear a seatbelt, wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from dust and debris when moving stored products from overhead shelving.
  • obey speed limits and warning signs, road surfaces and traffic conditions.
  • always stay seated in the cabin and do not lean out of the forklift.

When operating a forklift:Lower the forklift tynes to ground level. Ensure the parking brake is set and the controls are in neutral.

  • Work and park in well-lit areas so your vision of road surfaces and other traffic is clear.
  • In the event of a tip-over, don’t jump. Brace yourself with your feet pressing down, hold tight and lean in the opposite direction of tipping.
  • Be aware of speed and stopping distance.
  • Before operating a forklift first conduct a pre-start safety check. Report any damage or problems immediately.
  • Get on and off safely - Do not jump from your forklift. Instead face the forklift and maintain three points of contact (hands and feet) when you get on and off.
  • When you have finished work, before getting off the forklift, lower the forklift tines to ground level, ensure the parking break is engaged and the controls are in neutral.

Information for this article was sourced from www.sdan.org.au. For further forklift safety information contact MLA Holdings Pty Ltd on 131 652 or www.mlaholdings.com.au.

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