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Forklift Operation Safe Work Method Statement



This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) outlines the common safety procedures for the operation of forklifts on construction sites or in warehouse settings. It is designed to guide businesses in effectively identifying and managing the typical hazards associated with forklift operations, which include the importance of proper training and compliance with safety standards.


Hazards & Control Measures Covered:

  • Collision Risks: Implementation of strict speed limits, ensuring clear visibility, and maintaining clear travel paths.
  • Load Management: Ensuring all loads are secure, within the forklift's capacity, and correctly handled to prevent tipping and falling objects.
  • Environmental Conditions: Managing risks related to operating in confined spaces, near other people, or under hazardous environmental conditions.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Regular inspections and maintenance as per manufacturer’s instructions, including pre-start checks.
  • Personal Protection: Use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, steel cap boots, and high visibility clothing.


Additional Resources:

Included with this SWMS is a free copy of our Legislation & Codes of Practice Reference List.


Key Features:

This SWMS template provides a comprehensive framework for managing forklift safety, and is designed to be easily customised so that it can be seamlessly integrated into an existing workplace safety system. 

Forklift SWMS

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  • Instant delivery via email.
  • Easily add your logo and business details.
  • Fully Editable (Microsoft Word Format).
  • Customisation instructions provided.
  • In line with Australian legislation.
  • Pay once, no ongoing subscriptions.

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