Forklift Trucks are amongst some of the most hazardous vehicle types in the workplace, frequently found in warehouses, workshops and factories. Incidents involving lift trucks are usually serious and often fatal. In Ireland every year there are up to 300 reportable injuries involving vehicles and lift trucks used in the workplace. They also involve a heavy cost on the employer’s business and the lives of the workers.
To comply with their duties under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, employers must ensure that all operators they employ, both new and existing, are adequately trained and, when necessary, provide for their additional or refresher training.
Employers should not allow anyone to operate, even on a very occasional basis, lift trucks who have not satisfactorily completed basic training and testing.
The HSA have stated that in 2020 targeted inspection campaigns will be directed towards areas including wholesale/retail warehousing: safety and health management, high risk activities associated with loading/unloading, load securing and vehicle operations. A proportion of overall inspections will involve re-visiting and inspecting companies who received enforcement notices during the period 2016-2018.