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Forklift (Electric) Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement for using an electric forklift! Designed to provide you with a pre-filled and comprehensive document that covers necessary details for safe use of an electric forklift on site. Our SWMS is tailored to help you manage high-risk machinery on site and ensure that all workers and responsible persons are fully aware of the risks and hazards involved.

Key Features:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS is pre-filled with all the necessary details for using an electric forklift on site, ensuring that you have a comprehensive document that covers all the important aspects of safe operation.
  • Fully Editable and Customisable: Our SWMS is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format, allowing you to easily make any necessary changes or additions to the document to suit your specific requirements.
  • Includes Scope and Project Details: Our SWMS includes the scope of the project and project details, ensuring that all workers are aware of the specific details of the job and the risks involved.
  • Checklist of High Risk Machinery: Our SWMS includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery on site, helping you to manage these risks and ensure that all workers are aware of the potential hazards.
  • Space for Recording Staff Training: Our SWMS includes space for recording any staff training, ensuring that all workers are adequately trained in the safe use of an electric forklift.
  • Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes before and after risk ratings, allowing you to assess the effectiveness of your risk management measures.
  • Legislative References: Our SWMS includes resources for use of legislative references, helping you to ensure that your operations are fully compliant with all relevant regulations and standards.
  • PPE Requirements: Our SWMS includes all PPE required for safe operation of an electric forklift, ensuring that all workers are adequately protected.
  • Risk Assessment and Matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, allowing you to identify and manage potential hazards and risks.
  • Checklist for SWMS Implementation: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, helping you to ensure that all workers are fully aware of the risks and hazards involved.
  • Sign Off Page: Our SWMS includes a sign off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone is fully aware of their responsibilities and has agreed to the terms of the SWMS.
  • Easy to Use and Customise: Our SWMS is easy to use and customise, ensuring that you can quickly and easily create a document that is tailored to your specific requirements.
  • Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work, ensuring that you have a document that is fully compliant with all relevant regulations and standards.
  • Instant Download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, ensuring that you can quickly and easily access the document and start using it to manage the risks and hazards associated with using an electric forklift on site.

At our company, we are committed to helping you manage risks and ensure the safety of your workers. Our SWMS for using an electric forklift is just one of the ways we can help you achieve this goal. With our comprehensive and easy-to-use document, you can be confident that your operations are fully compliant with all relevant regulations and standards, and that your workers are adequately protected from potential hazards and risks.

Here is some safety information related to using an electric forklift.

Hazards and Risks:

  • Risk of collision with pedestrians, vehicles, and other objects in the workplace.
  • Risk of overturning the forklift due to improper operation, overloading, or uneven ground conditions.
  • Risk of electrocution due to faulty electrical systems or contact with overhead power lines.
  • Risk of falls from the forklift or while loading and unloading goods.
  • Risk of fire or explosion due to battery malfunction or fuel leakage.

Precautions and Controls:

  • Only authorised and trained workers should operate the electric forklift. Before operating, ensure that the forklift is in good working condition and that all safety features are functioning properly.
  • Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including a hard hat, safety shoes, high-visibility clothing, and gloves.
  • Check the load capacity of the forklift before loading and ensure that the load is stable and secure. Never exceed the maximum load capacity of the forklift.
  • Always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and pedestrians in the workplace. Use warning signals and be aware of blind spots.
  • Only operate the forklift on level ground and avoid operating on uneven or slippery surfaces. If operating outdoors, be aware of weather conditions that may affect the forklift’s stability and performance.
  • Always follow the designated traffic lanes and use caution when turning or reversing the forklift.
  • Avoid contact with overhead power lines and other electrical hazards. If working near power lines, ensure that the forklift is equipped with an overhead guard and that workers are trained on the safe working distances.
  • Never smoke or use open flames near the forklift or fuel storage area. Ensure that the forklift’s battery is properly ventilated and stored in a designated area.
  • Always use the forklift’s seatbelt and other safety features, such as the horn and lights, to ensure visibility and communication with others in the workplace.
  • Follow proper procedures for charging and changing the forklift’s battery, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment and ventilation.

Emergency Procedures:

  • In the event of an accident or emergency, immediately stop the forklift and turn off the power. If anyone is injured, call for medical assistance.
  • If the forklift has overturned, remain seated and use the seatbelt and overhead guard for protection. Do not attempt to exit the forklift until it has been stabilised and emergency personnel have arrived.
  • If there is a fire or explosion, evacuate the area immediately and call for emergency services.
  • Always report any incidents, near-misses, or hazards to your supervisor or manager for investigation and corrective action.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey everyone, today we’re going to talk about a really important topic – the dangers and safety recommendations when working with electric forklifts.

First things first, let’s get one thing straight: electric forklifts are incredibly powerful machines. They’re designed to lift heavy loads and move them around with ease. But with great power comes great responsibility. It’s important to remember that electric forklifts can be dangerous if not operated properly.

The first danger to be aware of is the risk of tipping over. Electric forklifts have a high centre of gravity, which means that they can tip over if the load is not properly balanced or if the forklift is driven on uneven surfaces. To prevent this, always make sure that the load is evenly distributed on the forks and that the forklift is operated on flat, even surfaces.

Another danger is the risk of collisions. Electric forklifts are often used in busy warehouses and factories, where there are lots of people and other equipment moving around. To avoid collisions, always keep a safe distance from other people and equipment and use your horn or other warning devices to signal your presence.

Electric forklifts can also pose a risk of electrocution. This can happen if the forklift comes into contact with live electrical wires or other sources of electricity. To avoid this, always be aware of your surroundings and make sure that you’re not operating the forklift near any live wires or electrical sources.

Now, let’s talk about some safety recommendations for working with electric forklifts.

The first and most important recommendation is to always receive proper training before operating an electric forklift. Electric forklifts are complex machines and require specialised knowledge and skills to operate safely. Make sure that you receive thorough training on how to operate the forklift, how to properly load and unload it, and how to perform routine maintenance and safety checks.

Another safety recommendation is to always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when operating the forklift. This includes a hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, and any other protective gear required by your workplace. PPE can help protect you from injury in the event of an accident or collision.

It’s also important to perform regular maintenance and safety checks on your electric forklift. This includes checking the brakes, tires, steering, and other components to ensure that they’re in good working condition. Make sure that you report any issues or problems to your supervisor immediately, and do not operate the forklift until the issue has been resolved.

Finally, always be aware of your surroundings and use caution when operating an electric forklift. This means being mindful of other people and equipment in the area, as well as any potential hazards or obstacles. Make sure that you’re always focused on the task at hand and not distracted by your phone or other devices.

In conclusion, electric forklifts are incredibly useful machines, but they can also be dangerous if not operated safely. Remember to always be aware of the risks and take appropriate precautions to protect yourself and those around you. If you’re unsure about how to operate an electric forklift safely, ask for help or additional training. By working together and following these safety recommendations, we can ensure that everyone stays safe and productive on the job.


Forklift (Electric) Safe Work Method Statement

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