Your questions answered: Is a walkie stacker the same as a forklift in WHS terms?

By Portner Press on August 20th, 2019
  1. Risk Management
  2. Workplace Safety

Q
We use a walkie stacker here, no ‘driven’ forklifts.

I want to put up a physical barrier to stop pedestrians from entering the area where the walkie stacker is in operation as it is operated where the couriers enter the driveway at incoming goods.

The reply I get from some people is ‘it is not a forklift’. In my mind these could cause as much damage.

Can you please confirm whether a walkie stacker should be treated the same as a driven forklift in regards to traffic management and excluding pedestrians from the area?

We are located in South Australia.

A
Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), 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 forklift in that it is effectively mobile plant which has a reasonably foreseeable risk of colliding with a pedestrian.

We recommend reading chapters P3 Plant Safety Management and T1 Traffic Management in the Health and Safety Handbook for more detailed information.

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