Forklift Operator

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Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1Skill Level 2

Forklift operators drive forklifts to shift and stack bales, cartons, containers, crates and pallets of goods in areas such as timber yards and warehouses. They also move shipping containers on the waterfront.

Forklift operators use forklifts, which come in a range of sizes, to move heavy objects. Forklifts operators must assess a load to ensure that their forklift can support the weight and will have sufficient FutureGrowthModerate reach to get the load to its final destination, safely. They must also plan a route to avoid potential obstructions and hazards. Those working in warehouses or other large storage facilities must ensure that goods are stored in the correct location, and may be required to keep records so that goods can be easily located and retrieved when required. Some forklift operators may be responsible for refueling/recharging their forklift and have to carry out routine maintenance.

Forklift moving
ANZSCO description: Operates a forklift to move bulk materials, containers, crates, palletised goods, cartons and bales. Registration or licensing may be required.

Alternative names: Fork Truck Operator, Forklift Operator

Specialisations: Reach Truck Operator

Knowledge, skills and attributes

A forklift operator needs:

  • the ability to accurately judge distances and weights

  • to be safety conscious

  • good eyesight and hearing

  • to be able to sit for long periods

  • the ability to remain alert and aware of surroundings

  • the ability to follow instructions

  • enjoy practical and manual activities

  • able to judge distances

  • safety conscious

  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and hearing

  • meet appropriate age limits

Duties and TasksForklift moving PVC

Forklift operators may perform the following tasks:

  • lift, stack and unstack articles and materials using diesel, electric, gas or petrol powered trucks equipped with fork attachments

  • move raw materials and finished goods to processing or despatch areas of factories

  • make sure goods are stored in the correct area of a warehouse so they may be located easily when making up orders

  • load transport vehicles, making sure loads are evenly and securely placed

  • service and make minor adjustments to the forklift

  • keep a record of daily operations.

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