Your questions answered: Is a walkie stacker just as dangerous as a forklift?

By Portner Press on June 13th, 2019
  1. Risk Management
  2. Workplace Safety

Q
We use a walkie stacker at our workplace, and we are considering whether to put in place a physical barrier to stop pedestrians from entering the area where the walkie stacker is in operation.

However, some in the organisation are claiming that this kind of risk control is not necessary for a walker stacker (but would be for a forklift).

Should a walkie stacker be treated the same as a driven forklift in regards to traffic management?

A
Under the WHS Act, any person with management or control of plant at a worksite must ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that plant is without risk to the health and safety of any person, including workers and visitors to the worksite and the general public.

In practical terms, the walkie stacker should be considered the same as a forklift in that it is effectively mobile plant that has a reasonably foreseeable risk of colliding with a pedestrian.

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