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Order Picker Forklift Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Order Picker Forklift Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS), a comprehensive and pre-filled document designed to help you plan and execute your project with utmost safety and efficiency. Here are some key features of our SWMS:

• Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS comes pre-filled with important details relevant to your order picker forklift project, making it a time-saving solution that covers many critical aspects of your job.

• Fully Editable and Customisable: You can easily edit and customise our SWMS to meet the unique needs of your project. Our SWMS is available in Microsoft Word format, which allows you to modify it according to your specific requirements quickly.

• Includes the Scope of the Project and Project Details: Our SWMS includes a clear outline of the scope of your project and details such as the location of the job site, the duration of the project, and the expected outcomes.

• Checklist of Any High Risk Machinery on Site: To ensure maximum safety on your job site, our SWMS provides a checklist of any high-risk machinery present at the location.

• Space for Recording Staff Training: Our SWMS allows you to record any staff training and certifications, ensuring that all workers on the site are adequately trained and skilled to handle the job.

• Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes before and after risk ratings, giving you a clear idea of the level of risk involved in your project and how well you have managed to reduce it.

• Resources for Use of Legislative References: Our SWMS provides resources for the use of legislative references, ensuring that you comply with all relevant laws and regulations.

• Includes All PPE Required: Our SWMS provides a comprehensive list of all PPE required for the job, ensuring that all workers on the site are adequately protected.

• Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: Our SWMS includes a detailed risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, which allows you to identify and manage all potential hazards effectively.

• Checklist to Ensure All Requirements are Covered: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, ensuring that you have not overlooked any crucial aspect of the job.

• Sign Off Page for Workers and Responsible Persons: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone involved in the project has acknowledged and understood their responsibilities.

• Easy to Use and Customise: Our SWMS is user-friendly and easy to customise, allowing you to create a document that accurately reflects your project’s requirements.

• Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders, including Tier 1 Contractual Work: Our SWMS is designed to meet the needs of large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.

• Instantly Delivered Download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, so you can start using it right away.

Our SWMS is the perfect tool to help you execute your order picker forklift project with maximum safety and efficiency. It’s comprehensive, customisable, and user-friendly, making it a must-have for any project manager.

Here is some safety information related to using an order picker forklift.


  1. Hazard identification:
  • Collision with pedestrians or other vehicles.
  • Overloading or unstable loads.
  • Overturning due to uneven ground or speed.
  • Electric shock due to faulty wiring or wet conditions.
  • Entanglement in moving parts.
  • Falls from height when accessing or exiting the platform.
  • Striking overhead obstructions such as pipes or lights.
  • Noise exposure from the operation of the forklift.
  • Manual handling of heavy or awkward loads.
  1. Risk assessment:
  • Evaluate the work area to identify potential hazards such as overhead obstructions, uneven ground, and pedestrian traffic.
  • Assess the weight and stability of loads to ensure they can be safely lifted and transported.
  • Check the forklift for any visible damage, such as worn tires or damaged forks, that could affect its stability or safety.
  • Ensure that the operator has the appropriate training, experience, and certification to operate the forklift safely.
  1. Control measures:
  • Establish traffic control measures to separate pedestrians from forklift traffic, such as barriers or signs.
  • Ensure that loads are properly secured and balanced before lifting them.
  • Ensure that the forklift is not overloaded and that the load does not exceed the capacity of the forklift.
  • Use a spotter to assist the operator when manoeuvring in tight or crowded spaces.
  • Conduct regular maintenance checks on the forklift, including inspecting the tires, brakes, and hydraulic system.
  • Provide appropriate personal protective equipment such as hard hats, safety shoes, and high-visibility vests to workers in the area.
  • Ensure that the operator is aware of the hazards associated with the forklift and the importance of following safe work procedures.
  1. Safe work procedures:
  • Ensure that the operator conducts a pre-start check before using the forklift, including checking the brakes, steering, and controls.
  • Ensure that the operator follows the manufacturer’s instructions for operating the forklift, including the recommended speed limits and load capacity.
  • Ensure that the operator does not exceed the weight limit of the platform and that they keep their feet within the designated area.
  • Ensure that the operator does not carry passengers on the forklift platform.
  • Ensure that the operator lowers the platform to the ground and engages the parking brake when leaving the forklift unattended.
  1. Emergency procedures:
  • Ensure that workers in the area know how to contact emergency services in case of an accident or injury.
  • Provide first aid equipment and ensure that workers are trained in first aid procedures.
  • Ensure that the operator knows how to shut down the forklift in case of an emergency, such as a fire or a loss of control.
  • Ensure that workers are trained in emergency evacuation procedures, including how to safely exit the work area in case of an emergency.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hello, everybody! Today, I want to talk about a serious topic that affects a lot of workers in warehouses and factories around the world. I’m talking about the dangers of using an order picker forklift and some safety recommendations that you should follow to stay safe.

First, let’s talk about why order picker forklifts can be dangerous. These machines are designed to lift workers to high places so they can pick items from tall shelves or racks. However, if not used properly, these machines can pose serious risks to workers’ safety. For example, if the operator is not properly trained, they can easily lose control of the machine and cause an accident. Additionally, if the machine is not properly maintained, it can malfunction and put workers in harm’s way.

So, how can you stay safe when using an order picker forklift? Here are some recommendations that you should follow:

  1. Get proper training: The first and most important step to staying safe when using an order picker forklift is to get proper training. This means that you should be trained on how to operate the machine safely, how to load and unload it properly, and how to avoid common hazards that can arise when using this type of equipment. Make sure that you receive training from a certified trainer and that you understand all the safety rules and regulations related to using an order picker forklift.
  2. Inspect the machine before use: Before using an order picker forklift, it’s important to inspect it thoroughly to ensure that it’s in good working condition. Check the brakes, the tires, the hydraulic system, and any other components that could potentially fail while you’re using the machine. If you notice any issues, report them to your supervisor immediately and don’t use the machine until it has been properly repaired.
  3. Wear proper PPE: When using an order picker forklift, you should always wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect yourself from potential hazards. This includes a hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed boots. Make sure that your PPE fits properly and is in good condition before using the machine.
  4. Follow load capacity guidelines: One of the most common causes of accidents involving order picker forklifts is overloading. It’s important to follow load capacity guidelines and never exceed the maximum weight limit of the machine. Overloading the machine can cause it to tip over, potentially causing serious injury or even death.
  5. Be aware of your surroundings: When operating an order picker forklift, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Look out for other workers, obstacles, and potential hazards that could cause an accident. Make sure that you have a clear path before moving the machine and always use caution when operating it near other workers or equipment.
  6. Never modify the machine: Modifying an order picker forklift in any way can be extremely dangerous and is strictly prohibited. Never attempt to make any modifications to the machine, such as removing safety guards or altering the weight capacity. Doing so can put your safety and the safety of others at risk.
  7. Use the machine properly: Finally, it’s important to use the machine properly and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes using the machine only for its intended purpose and never using it to transport people. Always use the machine on a stable surface and never attempt to operate it on an incline or uneven ground.

In conclusion, using an order picker forklift can be dangerous if not done properly. However, by following the safety recommendations outlined above, you can reduce the risk of accidents and ensure that you and your coworkers stay safe on the job. Remember, safety should always be your top priority when using any type of heavy machinery, so always remain vigilant and never take shortcuts when it comes to your safety.

If you’re an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your workers are properly trained on how to use an order picker forklift safely. This means providing them with the necessary training and equipment, as well as ensuring that the machine is properly maintained and inspected regularly. By investing in your workers’ safety, you can create a safer and more productive work environment.

In conclusion, the dangers of using an order picker forklift cannot be understated. However, by following the safety recommendations outlined above, you can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and ensure that you and your coworkers remain safe on the job. Remember, safety should always be your top priority, and if you’re ever unsure about how to use an order picker forklift safely, don’t hesitate to ask for help or additional training. Stay safe out there, everybody!


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