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Forklift operation

High Risk Work

Forklift operation has been classed as high risk work since 1 September 2010. To undertake this work you need a Licence to Perform High Risk Work.

To get a new qualification in forklift operation you must undertake appropriate training and be assessed as competent by an Assessor who is accredited with SafeWork SA (PDF 45kb). For further details see Getting a new licence or adding a class.

There are two classes of forklift operation:

  1. Forklift truck (Class LF) - covers the operation of a powered industrial truck equipped with a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of forkarms or other attachment.
  2. Order picking forklift truck (Class LO) - covers the operation of a powered industrial truck of a type where the operator's control arrangement is incorporated with the load carriage/lifting media, and elevates with it.

The following types of load shifting are not classes of high risk work:

  • Cableway/Flying Foxes - LC
  • Front-end Loader/Backhoes - LB
  • Front End Loader - LL
  • Front End Loader (Skid Steer Types) - LS
  • Excavators - LE
  • Draglines - LD
  • Dozers - LZ

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Loadshifting equipment