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What are the risks?

Every year, forklift-related incidents result in Australians being killed at work and more than half of them are pedestrians.

Even when travelling at low speeds, forklifts present significant risks to pedestrians who can be crushed by forklifts that are barely moving. Being hit by a load is also a common cause of workplace deaths and injuries.

For forklift operators, jumping or falling from a forklift when it tips over is a major risk, as they can be crushed between the forklift and the ground. Operators can also suffer serious injuries if they slip or fall while getting on and off forklifts.