This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to operate a forklift truck safely in accordance with all relevant legislative requirements. Competence in this unit, does not in itself result in a HRWL licence to operate this plant.  Forklift truck means a powered industrial truck equipped with lifting media made up of a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of fork arms or other attachments that can be raised 900 mm or more above the ground, but does not include a pedestrian-operated truck or a pallet truck.

A person performing this work is required to hold a forklift truck High Risk Work Licence (HRWL).

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - applying safe operating procedures for a forklift truck; - applying relevant forklift truck manufacturer requirements and data plate information and approved modifications to attachments fitted are in accordance with manufacturer requirements; - carrying out pre-start checks, including visual inspection; - conducting and applying risk and hazard assessment strategies; - complying with Commonwealth, State and Territory Work Health and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)/Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) legislation, regulations safe work and workplace procedures; - conducting operational checks; - confirming and following traffic management plan procedures relevant to their role in the work area; - conducting relevant procedures for refuelling and isolating fuel/power source as per manufacturer requirements using appropriate PPE; - determining relevant lifting attachment to perform work/task; - determining lift requirements; - ensuring risk control measures within the work area are effective as per workplace procedures; - identifying, isolating and tagging out defective equipment and reporting to authorised person/s; - interpreting and confirming relevant documentation, workplace instructions, safety information, emergency procedures for the work task and relevant area, and; - interpreting workplace procedures in relation to various environmental conditions. Note: For a comprehensive list of required skills: please refer to website.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - Australian and industry standards, codes of practice and guidelines to safely operate a forklift truck; - communication procedures; - forklift truck characteristics and capabilities, manufacturer requirements and instructions for any attachments - failure/loss of control including brakes and steering; - failure of equipment during forklift truck operations; - forklift truck instability; - operating on ramps and uneven surfaces and in restricted spaces; - use of forklift truck data plate and attachment data plate and appropriate methodology to determine weight of a load is appropriate for forklift truck and any attachment if fitted; - manufacturer requirements, instructions and operator's manual; - problems, and appropriate response procedures to unplanned and/or unsafe environmental conditions; - problems and equipment faults, and implementing appropriate response procedures to unplanned and/or unsafe situations; - relevant procedures for refuelling and recharging forklift truck using appropriate PPE; - procedures for recording, reporting and maintaining workplace records and information; - risk assessment process including hierarchy of control; - safe use and compliance of different types of attachments; - suitability and lifting capability of the attachment to be used; - shut down procedures for a forklift truck in accordance with manufacturer requirements; - traffic management plan procedures and requirements; - typical routine problems encountered operating a forklift truck and associated equipment, and adjustments required for correction; - workplace procedures including work plan which may be verbal, documented/written, or electronically generated; - work area operating surface suitability, and; - Work Health and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)/Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) requirements, safe work and workplace procedures.

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