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Forklift Work Platform Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for using a forklift work platform – your comprehensive guide to ensuring workplace safety while operating a forklift. Our SWMS is designed to assist you in assessing and managing risks associated with forklift work platforms in compliance with Australian health and safety regulations.

Here are some of the key features of our SWMS:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS comes pre-filled with relevant information for using a forklift work platform, and is designed to cover all aspects of the task. It provides a comprehensive guide for conducting risk assessments and implementing control measures.
  • Fully editable and customisable: Our SWMS is provided in Microsoft Word format, allowing for easy editing and customisation to suit your specific workplace requirements.
  • Includes project details: Our SWMS includes the scope of the project and all necessary project details, providing you with a clear understanding of the work being conducted.
  • Machinery checklist: Our SWMS includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery on site, ensuring that all potential hazards are identified and assessed.
  • Staff training recording: Our SWMS includes space for recording any staff training, allowing you to keep track of staff competency and ensuring that they are trained and competent to operate the forklift work platform.
  • Before and after risk ratings: Our SWMS includes a before and after risk rating section, enabling you to assess the effectiveness of the control measures that have been implemented.
  • Legislative references: Our SWMS provides resources for use of legislative references, helping you to ensure that your workplace is compliant with all relevant regulations.
  • PPE requirements: Our SWMS includes all personal protective equipment (PPE) required for safe operation of the forklift work platform, ensuring that all workers are equipped with the necessary safety gear.
  • Risk assessment and matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, allowing you to assess and manage risks associated with the task.
  • Checklist for implementation: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, ensuring that all necessary steps have been taken to ensure workplace safety.
  • Sign off page: Our SWMS includes a sign off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone involved in the task is aware of the requirements and has agreed to comply with them.
  • Easy to use: Our SWMS is easy to use, with clear and concise instructions for completing the necessary steps to ensure workplace safety.
  • Suitable for large contracts and tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.
  • Instantly delivered download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, allowing you to get started on assessing and managing risks associated with forklift work platforms immediately.

At our company, we understand the importance of workplace safety and are dedicated to providing the tools and resources necessary to ensure it. Our SWMS for using a forklift work platform is designed to help you assess and manage risks associated with the task, while also ensuring that you are compliant with all relevant regulations. With our SWMS, you can feel confident that your workplace is safe and that your workers are equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to carry out the task safely.

Here is some safety information related to using a forklift work platform.


  1. Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment: Identify and assess any potential hazards associated with using a forklift work platform. This may include risks such as falls from height, collisions, or unstable loads.
  2. Pre-operational checks: Before using the work platform, the operator must perform a pre-operational check to ensure that the forklift and work platform are in good condition and all safety features are working correctly.
  3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): All operators and workers involved in the use of the work platform must wear appropriate PPE, such as high-visibility clothing, hard hats, safety boots, and harnesses.
  4. Safe Use of the Work Platform: The operator must ensure that the forklift is stable and that the work platform is correctly attached to the forks. Workers must not exceed the maximum load capacity of the platform, and they must maintain three points of contact at all times.
  5. Communication: The operator must maintain communication with workers on the ground and ensure that they are clear of the work area before lifting or lowering the platform.
  6. Emergency procedures: Emergency procedures should be in place in case of an accident, including how to evacuate the work platform and how to respond to injuries.
  7. Post-operational checks: After using the work platform, the operator must conduct a post-operational check to ensure that all equipment is returned to its proper place and that there is no damage or defects.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey there, it’s Gary, your safety guy, and today we’re going to talk about a serious topic that affects workers in many industries: forklift working platforms. Now, I know what you might be thinking – “Gary, what could be so dangerous about a platform attached to a forklift?” Well, my friend, the truth is that working with a forklift platform can be incredibly risky if proper safety protocols aren’t followed. So, let’s dive into some of the dangers and safety recommendations you need to keep in mind.

First and foremost, it’s important to recognise that forklift working platforms are not designed to be used as elevators. This means that you should never use a platform to lift workers to a higher level, such as a second story of a building. Doing so can result in serious injury or death if the platform tips over or the worker falls off. Instead, only use forklift platforms for their intended purpose, which is to provide a stable work surface for workers who need to perform tasks at a higher level than they can reach on their own.

Another danger to be aware of when working with forklift platforms is the risk of tipping over. If the forklift is not properly balanced or if the load being carried is too heavy, the entire machine can tip over, causing serious harm to anyone on the platform or nearby. To prevent this from happening, always make sure the forklift is on a level surface before using the platform, and never exceed the weight limit specified for the platform.

In addition to tipping over, forklift platforms can also pose a risk of falling objects. If workers are using tools or materials on the platform, those objects can easily fall off and injure someone below. To prevent this from happening, always secure any tools or materials to the platform using straps or other means of restraint. And, of course, never throw anything off the platform, as this can be incredibly dangerous.

So, now that we’ve talked about some of the dangers of working with forklift platforms, let’s move on to some safety recommendations. First and foremost, it’s crucial that anyone who is going to be working on a forklift platform is properly trained and certified to do so. This includes both the forklift operator and any workers who will be on the platform. Training should cover not only how to operate the forklift and platform, but also how to recognise and avoid potential hazards.

Another important safety recommendation is to conduct regular inspections of the forklift and platform. This includes checking for any signs of wear or damage, as well as ensuring that all safety features are in good working order. If any issues are found, they should be addressed immediately before using the platform.

It’s also a good idea to establish clear protocols for how the forklift and platform will be used. This can include things like who is authorised to operate the forklift and platform, how often inspections will be conducted, and what to do in the event of an emergency. By establishing these protocols ahead of time, you can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that the platform is being used safely and effectively.

Finally, it’s important to always prioritise safety over speed or efficiency when working with forklift platforms. This means taking the time to properly secure loads, checking the weight limit of the platform, and being aware of your surroundings at all times. It may take a little longer to complete a task safely, but in the long run, it’s always worth it to avoid accidents and injuries.

So, there you have it – some of the dangers and safety recommendations you need to keep in mind when working with forklift platforms. Remember, safety should always be your top priority, and by following these guidelines, you can help


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