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Worker and forklift fell through opening


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On 2 Apr 2016, a worker was checking a forklift on the 4th storey of a building under construction when the forklift suddenly surged backwards and fell through a floor opening...

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Worker and forklift fell through opening

  1. 1. 29 April 2016 Accident Advisory: Worker and Forklift Fell Through Opening Ref: 1617005, WSH Alert accident notification dated 08 April 2016 On 2 Apr 2016, a worker was checking a forklift on the 4th storey of a building under construction when the forklift suddenly surged backwards and fell through a floor opening. He fell together with it and landed on the floor below. He was conveyed to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Figure: Photo of Accident Scene Recommendations* Occupiers and employers with similar activities in their workplaces are advised to consider the following risk control measures to prevent similar accidents: De-energisation of forklift  Ensure that when a forklift is parked, the forks are fully lowered, controls put in neutral mode, power shut off and parking brakes applied to prevent any unwanted movement.  In the event that an unmanned vehicle (including a forklift) moved inadvertently, the driver or operator should not attempt to re-enter the moving vehicle. Instead the driver or operator should immediately disperse any personnel near or in the travel path of the vehicle. Operator competency  Ensure that all authorised forklift operators have minimally passed the Workforce Skills Qualification Operate Forklift Course and obtained a Statement of Attainment.  Ensure that all authorised forklift operators have attended refresher training on the operation of forklift every 3 years. Fall distance of about 7 meters Damaged Forklift Location where forklift fell from
  2. 2.  Additional in-house training with support from the forklift’s supplier is highly recommended. Forklift Maintenance  Ensure that all forklifts have undergone preventive maintenance in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.  Ensure that all forklift maintenance works are carried out by authorised, competent and trained personnel. Designated areas for forklift maintenance  Provide an area designated for forklift maintenance. Ensure that all forklift maintenance works are carried out only at these designated areas.  Ensure that the area designated for forklift maintenance is not near any hazardous zones such as an edge of building or any openings. Daily Pre-operational check  Ensure that the authorised forklift operator carry out a daily pre-operational check before operating any forklift. Any damage or defects spotted must be reported to the supervisor immediately.  Develop and provide a daily pre-operational checklist to facilitate the checking process. Risk Assessment  Conduct a thorough RA for all work activities to manage any foreseeable risk that may arise in connection with management and operation of forklifts. The RA should cover all foreseeable risks and include the following: - Possibility of any forklift movement while carrying out maintenance works; and - Forklift operation near hazardous zones such as floor openings. Further Information Workplace Safety and Health Act (Chapter 354A) Workplace Safety and Health (Risk Management) Regulations Code of Practice on Workplace Safety and Health Risk Management WSH Guidelines on Safe Operation of Forklift Trucks WSH Guidelines on Workplace Traffic Safety Management Singapore Standard 528: 2012 Code of practice for the safe use of powered counterbalanced forklifts WSH Council’s Forklift Safety Pack WSH Council's Activity Based Checklist for Safe Use of Forklift Trucks *Information on the accident is based on preliminary investigations by the Ministry of Manpower as at 22 April 2016. This may be subject to change as investigations are still on-going. Please note that the information provided here is not exhaustive and is for the benefit of enhancing workplace safety and health so that a recurrence may be prevented. The information provided is not to be construed as implying any liability to any party nor should it be taken to encapsulate all the responsibilities and obligations under the law. We regret that we are unable to reply to emails to this address. For enquiries or feedback, please email us at Visit the WSH Council's website now for updates on WSH-related matters, information and events. This WSH Bulletin is available free of charge, may be printed or downloaded onto electronic, optical or similar storage media provided that such activities are for private research, study, or in-house use only. If such material is to be copied or reproduced, users are asked to ensure that the material is reproduced accurately and not in a misleading context, that the status of the material is identified and to acknowledge Workplace Safety & Health Council, Singapore as the source of the material.
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