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Tuesday 20th April 2021

Apr 20th 2021

Tuesday 20th April 2021

Forklift owners and operators issued with Safety Alert. 

A new safety alert has been issued by NT Worksafe following two forklift incidents that occurred recently in the Darwin area.

The Safety Alert reinforces and reminds forklift operators, workers, and owners of how to minimise the risk of injury from tipping over, especially with heavy and elevated loads of large dimensions, particularly on uneven grounds.

Outlined in the alert are safe work procedures that should be followed to prevent these incidents from occurring.

A forklift safety campaign has commenced by Worksafe Inspectors focussing on businesses in the construction industry that supply materials. Information and advice on the safe use and hazards of using forklifts will be provided to these businesses and other duty holders by Worksafe Inspectors this April.

Workplace Inspectors will return in May to monitor that businesses comply with safe management practices using forklifts and check safe systems of work, forklift operator licences, and forklift maintenance logs.

Read the original article on the NT WorkSafe website.

Distracted Drivers Figures on the rise according to RAA. 

The Royal Automobile Association (RAA) has issued a safety warning due to the number of drivers being caught off guard behind the wheel. Police figures have increased 15 per cent since 2017 for fines to motorists failing to have proper control of their vehicles.

Senior RAA manager of safety and infrastructure has said these are for fines other than using a mobile phone.

‘Unlike illegal use of a mobile phone, these fines are issued to drivers for behaviour like doing their make-up, using an electric razor, brushing their teeth or reading a book when behind the wheel,’ he said.

‘Drivers should avoid doing anything that takes their attention away from the road.’

1238 drivers were fined by police last year at a total of over $316,000, which has risen from 1078 and $256,000 in 2017. In 2020 684 were cautioned for the offence.

On Good Friday, footage of a motorist reading a book while driving on Port Wakefield Road at Globe Derby Park was circulated.

A stern reminder was issued that drivers should solely focus on the task at hand and must remember that they risk not just a fine or caution but potentially their lives and other road users’ safety.

Read the original article on The Advertiser's website.

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