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.
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.
We've all seen the carnage and devastation that speeding causes on our roads. Speeding is not limited to road vehicles and open highways, unfortunately it's prominent at the workplace and on many occasions it involves forklifts. A forklift is an extremely dangerous piece of equipment, and negligent operation can be deadly.
In order to operate most types of forklifts, operators must hold a high risk work licence, issued by the relevant work health and safety regulator. A common mistake among employers and operators themselves, is assuming that everyone who holds a high risk work licence is trained and competent to perform all types of forklift related work. In most cases, extra in-house, site and machine specific training is required. Operators must be adequately trained to perform the work they are required to carry out.
How many times have you turned a corner or a blind spot and been shocked or surprised by what's met you? In a warehouse environment, it's a very real possibility that next time you turn a corner you will be met by a forklift, a heavy and dangerous forklift that can seriously hurt you. A forklift approach warning light warns pedestrians and operators of approaching forklifts, predominantly when they are not in view.
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