Forklift Attachment Safety

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Forklift attachments are used to transport certain loads that may otherwise be difficult or impossible to transport, increase fuel savings by reducing the number of forklift movements required and boost productivity by increasing efficiency. Fitting attachments to a forklift also reduces its load capacity, raising safety concerns in the process.

Forklift Work Near Overhead Power Lines

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Overhead power line contact is one of the biggest causes of fatalities associated with mobile plant and equipment. Forklifts are frequently required to operate in outdoor areas where overhead power lines create significant risks; including electrocution, serious burns, and death. Any voltage that causes sufficient current to pass through the heart is potentially fatal. Other risks include fires and explosions that may immobilise the equipment involved.

High Risk Training is Essential

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It is important for high risk work environments to employ people that have the right qualifications, skills and knowledge. Operating a forklift is classified as high risk work. In the hands of untrained operators, forklifts can inadvertently create dangerous workplace circumstances. Employing competent workers, who hold high risk work licences is essential to improve work safety, meet compliance with Work Safe and OH&S requirements and enhance productivity.

MHI & Nichiyu Acquire UniCarriers

MHI and Nichiyu Forklift to Launch Preparatory Committee in Conjunction with Acquisition of Shares of UniCarriers Holdings Corp.
 

Tokyo, September 14, 2015 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift Co., Ltd. have taken a joint decision to launch, effective October 1, 2015, a preparatory committee in conjunction with acquisition by the two companies of shares of UniCarriers Holdings Corporation.

Mobile Phones: A Risky Distraction

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 It is common knowledge that using a mobile phone whilst driving a vehicle on Australian roads is against the law. It is considered to be a distraction to the driver and therefore deemed to be unsafe. There are currently no laws or regulations relating to mobile phone use when operating a forklift. This is perhaps somewhat surprising. The workplace presents a forklift operator with many hazards, just like the road does a vehicle driver. To navigate these hazards safely, the operator needs to be free of distractions, and mobile phones are a major one.

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