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How to measure wear on a forklift’s forks

Your forks will wear out as you use them – abrasion against pallets, racking, the ground and other objects will gradually make them thinner and thinner. They can also suffer distortion through accidents and overloading. A fork can have up

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What health and safety rules should you enforce for truck drivers visiting your workplace?

If you have pedestrian and heavy machinery traffic alongside truck movements in your warehouse or yard, you must have a set of health and safety rules and a site induction to ensure that accidents don’t happen. Truck drivers and pedestrian

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Do you need to train and assess your employees on every type of forklift or pallet jack they use?

Different types of forklifts and pallet jacks serve different purposes and it’s not uncommon for a company to have at least two types. The main types of forklift are: Counterbalance Reach truck Walkie and electric-powered hand truck Side loader Order

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What’s the difference between an F endorsement and an operator’s (OSH) forklift certificate?

To get an F endorsement, you need to do an F endorsement course. An F endorsement allows you to drive a forklift on a public road, as long as the forklift has a warrant of fitness and a current registration.

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Can you use a New Zealand forklift licence in Australia?

In Australia you need a high-risk work licence (HRWL) to operate a forklift. The course to get the licence is 2.5 days and is much more intense than New Zealand courses, covering a broader range of topics and much more

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Forklift and pallet truck abbreviations and acronyms

This list can be useful for newer operators or operators who have come from overseas as it explains common abbreviations and acronyms used on and around forklifts. 4-D: Capable of travel forwards/backwards/left/right AC: Alternating Current ACOP: Approved Code of Practice

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Should your forklift drivers use hearing protection?

Some forklift trainers will tell you that it is dangerous to wear earplugs or other hearing protection while using a forklift because you can’t hear other forklifts or pedestrians around you, but forklifts can create a lot of noise. High

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What 10 questions should you ask your forklift attachment provider?

Forklift attachments can put additional strain on your forklift and usually derate it, i.e. the forklift can’t lift as much. The attachments are often highly specialised and can be expensive, so you’ll want to look for ones that will fulfil

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Forklift fork extensions guide

Fork extensions, sometimes called ‘slippers’ or ‘tine extensions’, are attachments that are sleeves that fit over the forks to extend their length. They make a forklift more versatile. For example, as long as the rated capacity isn’t exceeded, they can

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Does your forklift need to be registered?

If you use your forklift on a road, it needs to be registered, but the definition of ‘road’ is very broad. It includes places that the public has access, whether by right or not. This allows police and other authorities

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What is a ‘container spec’ forklift truck?

A container spec forklift truck is one that can operate inside a standard shipping container – i.e. it can drive into the shipping container and pick up a load on a pallet that’s inside the container without the roof of

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Carbon monoxide poisoning when using forklifts

Forklifts that operate using LPG, diesel or petrol emit carbon monoxide when running; electric forklifts don’t have any emissions. If you operate a forklift in an enclosed space without any ventilation, carbon monoxide levels can rise to the point where

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Forklift safety: things your drivers should never do

Now’s a good time to check how your operators are doing and that they haven’t acquired any bad habits over the last few months. The following list contains things that forklift operators tend to slide back into doing and need

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How much training should you give your forklift operators?

Whether a forklift operator is brand new or doing a refresher, the theory requirement is exactly the same and can be done online using this forklift course. The practical requirement is different, though. Practical forklift training for new operators Competenz

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How often do you need to renew your forklift operator’s certificate?

A forklift operator’s certificate is a course that teaches forklift operation and safety protocols followed by a practical assessment that includes three types of lifting, manoeuvring, a pre-shift check and correct shutdown procedure. The recommendation in the Approved Code of

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What is a forklift licence?

There’s no such thing as a ‘forklift licence’ in New Zealand. People talk about getting a forklift licence and you’ll see companies advertising forklift licences, however, they either mean an F endorsement (which goes on a driver licence) or the forklift

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How can you reduce forklift operator injuries?

Forklift operators spend most of their time sitting down and twisting behind them. This creates muscle tension, particularly in the lower back and shoulders, and the risk of physical strains. Despite how it looks, an eight-hour shift sitting down can

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How to set reminders for forklift licence renewals

When you do your forklift operator’s certificate course, it’s valid for three years. You have the option to change the time period it’s valid for (i.e. three years is a suggestion in the Approved Code of Practice but is not

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How do you choose an internal person to be your forklift trainer?

WorkSafe says that “Trainers and supervisors of workers should be competent. They can be in-house or from external organisations.” This gives you a lot of flexibility to ensure that your forklift operators are getting the best training. Sometimes you will

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Is your forklift’s parking space a safe place?

At the end of a shift, the operator should shut down the forklift safely (tips on the ground, handbrake on, in neutral) and put the keys in a safe place. But how do you decide where to park your forklift?

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