This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to operate a forklift with specialised attachments or all-terrain equipment, in accordance with relevant state/territory high risk work licence requirements and regulations, in a variety of operational contexts.
It includes checking attachments and worksite for suitability, selecting type of forklift and accessories for required workplace task, shifting load and completing work in accordance with operational requirements.
Specialised operation of a forklift is performed under some supervision, generally within a team environment. It involves the application of equipment operation principles and procedures to maintain the safety and specialised operation of a forklift
A person who operates a forklift must hold a high risk work licence.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
Check attachments and worksite for suitability
Suitable work area is selected for operations
Job hazards are identified and required action is taken to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards
Work area is checked for overhead obstructions and proximity to service delivery lines
Barriers or warning signs are erected in areas subject to passing traffic
Attachments and platforms are securely fixed to carriage or tines
Personnel support platforms are inspected to ensure accordance with relevant Australian Standard/s
Select type of forklift and accessories for required workplace task
Special equipment, accessories or attachments are identified to match load characteristics and work requirements
Appropriate specialised equipment is selected
Existing attachments are removed and stored in accordance with workplace procedures
Specialised equipment is fitted in accordance with manufacturer instructions and workplace procedures
Designated staff are notified about specialist operations
Shift load and complete work
Equipment is operated within safe working limits and to maximise efficiency of operations
Load is lifted, carried and set down in accordance with workplace and manufacturer procedures, and regulatory requirements
Documentation is completed damage or faults to goods or equipment are reported to appropriate personnel
Specialist equipment and forklift are returned to appropriate storage/parking area
Evidence of Performance
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria on at least one occasion and include:
applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards
checking and replenishing fluids and carrying out lubrication processes during work activities
checking forklift compliance plate for safe weight limits
communicating effectively with others
completing relevant documentation
identifying points of balance and safe lifting positions on a range of loads when operating a forklift (including accessories)
implementing contingency plans
interpreting and following operational instructions and prioritising work
modifying activities depending on operational contingencies, risk situations and environments
monitoring equipment performance
monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule
operating and adapting to differences in equipment in accordance with operating procedures
reading and interpreting relevant instructions, procedures, information and signs
reporting and/or rectifying identified problems, faults or malfunctions promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
selecting and using required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and work health safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) standards
servicing equipment in terms of maintenance schedule and operating procedures
working collaboratively with others
working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment.
Evidence of Knowledge
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and include knowledge of:
efficient driving techniques
engine power management and safe operating strategies
forklift controls, instruments and indicators, and their use
handling procedures for forklifts involved in specialised operations
high risk work licence workplace requirements
operating hazards, and related defensive driving and hazard control techniques
pre-operational checks carried out on forklift and accessories, and related action
procedures to be followed in an operational emergency
relevant duty of care requirements for specialised operation of a forklift
relevant WHS/OHS and environmental procedures and regulations
safe weight limits
site layout and obstacles
types of forklift accessories and ancillary equipment, their purposes and procedures for their use
workplace operating procedures.
As a minimum, assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations where it is appropriate to do so; where this is not appropriate, assessment must occur in simulated workplace operational situations that replicate workplace conditions.
Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
Resources for assessment include:
a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or simulations
applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals
relevant materials, tools, equipment and personal protective equipment currently used in industry.
Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.
Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.
Non-essential conditions can be found in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.
D â€“ Load Handling