First Forklift

  1. First Forklifts Pinetown
  2. New Forklift
  3. First Forklift Truck
  4. Forklifts For Sale

Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor

This unit specifies the outcomes required for the operation of a powered industrial truck equipped with a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of fork arms or other attachment, for licensing purposes. This definition also includes a truck on which the operator is raised with the attachment for order-picking.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit


This unit is based on the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work.

This unit in its current form meets state and territory licensing requirements. Any alteration will result in a unit which is not acceptable to regulators for the purpose of licensing.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor


Not Applicable

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

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Elements and Performance Criteria


Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency .


Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element . Where bold italicised text is used , further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and /or the range statement . Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide .

1. Plan work

1.1 Potential workplace hazards are identified

1.2 Hazard control measures are identified consistent with appropriate standards to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment

1.3 Appropriate forklift truck is selected according to the load and workplace conditions

1.4 Working area is inspected to determine appropriate path of movement for loads and forklift truck

1.5 Communication methods are identified according to procedures

2. Conduct routine checks

2.1 Forklift is visually checked for any damage or defects

2.2 All signage and labels are visible and legible according to the appropriate standard

2.3 All controls are located and identified

2.4 Pre -start operational checks are carried out according to procedures

2.5 Forklift is started according to procedures and checked for any abnormal noise

2.6 Post -start operational checks are carried out according to procedures

2.7 All forklift functions and safety devices are tested to their maximum according to procedures

2.8 Defects and damage are reported and recorded according to procedures , and appropriate action is taken

3. Shift load

3.1 The weight of load is assessed to ensure compliance with forklift truck data plate specifications

3.2 Appropriate hazard prevention /control measures are implemented and communicated with personnel in the work area

3.3 Forklift is operated at a safe speed and according to procedures

3.4 Loads are moved and placed to ensure stability of material and avoidance of hazards

3.5 Load movement is monitored constantly ensuring safety to personnel and load, and structural stability

3.6 Unplanned and /or unsafe situations are responded to in line with procedures

4. Shut down and secure forklift truck

4.1 Forklift truck is parked to avoid hazards

4.2 Forklift is shut down according to procedures

4.3 Routine post-operational forklift checks are carried out according to procedures

4.4 Forklift is secured to prevent unauthorised access/use

4.5 All defects and damage are reported and recorded according to procedures , and appropriate action is taken

Required Skills and Knowledge


This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit .

Required skills :

  • Accurately interpret information relating to conducting forklift truck operations (e.g. procedures)
  • Safely conduct forklift truck operations including all functions to the maximum height and load capacity
  • Identify hazards associated with the operation of the forklift truck, assess risks and put into place effective hazard prevention/control measures for those hazards identified
  • Use communication skills at a level sufficient to communicate with other site personnel (e.g. receive and interpret work instructions, safety information, emergency procedures)
  • Drive forklift with load in forward and reverse, maintaining visibility
  • Verify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures

Required knowledge :

  • Methodology of determining the weight of a load
  • Commonwealth, state or territory OH&S legislation, standards relevant to the safe operation for the forklift trucks
  • Understanding of forklift characteristics and capabilities (including use of load data plates)
  • Understanding of the hierarchy of hazard identification and control
  • Organisational and workplace standards, requirements, policies and procedures for conducting operations for the crane class
  • Procedures for the recording, reporting and maintenance of workplace records and information
  • Forklift truck operations and safe operating techniques
  • Typical routine problems encountered in the operation of the crane and equipment and adjustments required for correction

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria , required skills and knowledge , the range statement and the assessment guidelines for the Training Package .

Overview of assessment

  • Successful assessment of this unit meets the competency requirement of the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work.
  • State/territory OH&S regulators have mandated the use of Assessment Instruments and Instructions for Assessment for this unit which have been endorsed by the national body responsible for OH&S matters.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

  • Compliance with OH&S licensing legislation.
  • Communicate and work safely with others in the work area.
  • Identify hazards associated with the operation of the forklift truck and put in place effective hazard controls for those hazards identified.
  • Conduct pre-start-up, operational, moving loads and shut down and secure checks of the forklift truck according to procedures.
  • Operate the forklift truck and move loads safely, including driving and manoeuvring, picking up and placing of loads at various stack heights.
  • Drive forklift truck with load in forward and reverse, maintaining visibility.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

  • Assessment of the safe application of knowledge and skills to workplace tasks (performance) must be undertaken using the endorsed Assessment Instrument.
  • Assessment of performance must be undertaken either in the workplace or in a realistically simulated workplace setting.
  • Assessment must occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.
  • Applicants must have access to:
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the purpose of the Performance Assessment
  • associated equipment appropriate to forklift truck operations
  • suitable loads as described by the endorsed Assessment Instrument
  • manufacturers specifications
  • appropriate forklift truck in a safe condition.

Method of assessment

  • Assessment must be conducted using the endorsed Assessment Instrument. These Instruments provide instruction on their application.
  • The use of 'simulators' in the assessment of this unit of competency is not acceptable .
  • Assessment may be in conjunction with the assessment of other units of competency.
  • Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance together with application of underpinning knowledge.
  • Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is not only able to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances.

Guidance information for assessment

  • Further information about endorsed Assessment Instruments may be obtained from state/territory OH&S regulators.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole . It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance . Bold italicised wording , if used in the performance criteria , is detailed below .


May include but not limited to:

  • ground conditions (e.g. condition of pavement, slopes)
  • overhead hazards (e.g. powerlines, service pipes)
  • insufficient lighting
  • traffic (e.g. pedestrians, vehicles, other plant)
  • weather (e.g. wind, lightning, rain)
  • forklift instability (e.g. overloading, poor load placement, irregular loads)
  • other hazards (e.g. dangerous materials)

Hazard control measures

Refers to the systematic process of eliminating or reducing the risk to personnel and property through the application of controls

It includes the application of the hierarchy of control, the six-step preference of control measures to manage and control risk:

1 elimination

2 substitution

3 isolation

4 engineering control measures

5 using safe work practices

6 personal protective equipment

Appropriate standards

May include but not limited to:

  • legislation
  • Australian standards
  • manufacturer's specifications
  • industry standards (where applicable)

Forklift truck

May include but not be limited to:

  • counterbalanced
  • reach trucks
  • rough terrain
  • internal combustion petrol, diesel, gas
  • electric

Communications methods

May include but not limited to:

  • verbal and non-verbal language
  • written instructions
  • signage
  • hand signals
  • listening
  • questioning to confirm understanding
  • appropriate worksite protocol


May include but not limited to:

  • manufacturer's guidelines (instructions, specifications or checklists)
  • industry operating procedures
  • workplace procedures (work instructions, operating procedures, checklists)

Pre-start operational checks

May include but not limited to:

  • safety devices fitted where appropriate
  • forklift data plate fitted and interpreted
  • logbook, handbook or operating manuals available
  • external visual check including, evidence of damage, leaks, visual evidence of structural weaknesses (including paint separation or stressed welds) is carried out
  • forklift attachment is checked for security
  • approved modifications and/or attachments fitted to manufacturer's specifications (e.g. as per forklift or attachment data plate) are identified
  • checks for adaptations or modifications outside manufacturer's specifications (e.g. not listed on the forklift or attachment data plate) are carried out
  • maintenance logbook/records checked

Post-start operational checks

May include checks of the forklift truck and equipment after start-up to ensure:

  • hazard warning systems (for example lights and horns), are functional
  • attachment movements and control functions are smooth and comply with operating requirements
  • steering, transmission and brake functions comply with operating requirements

Hazard prevention /control measures

May include but not limited to:

  • barricades and traffic control
  • safety tags on electrical switches/isolators
  • insulated powerlines
  • safety observer used inside exclusion zone
  • disconnected power
  • pedestrian control (barricades, signs, etc.)
  • excavation safeguards
  • movement of obstructions
  • personal protective equipment
  • adequate illumination

Unplanned and /or unsafe situations

May include but not limited:

  • failure/loss of control (e.g. brakes and steering)
  • failure of equipment (e.g. hydraulic system)
  • environmental condition

Shut down

May include, but is not limited to:

  • parking in a suitable location away from dangerous areas
  • fork arms are correctly positioned (tips down, tilted forward, lowered to ground)
  • appropriate transmission/gear is selected for parking (relevant to transmission type)
  • hand/parking brake is applied
  • engine power is turned off
  • ignition key is removed (if applicable)
  • LPG gas cylinder valve is shut off (where fitted)
  • securing equipment against unauthorised operation
  • securing the site
  • ensuring access ways are clear
  • identifying and segregating defective equipment and reporting to authorised personnel
  • batteries are connected to the charger (if applicable)

Unit Sector(s)

Not Applicable


Geodis has partnered with Phantom Auto, experts in long-range remote operation software for unmanned vehicles, to develop a forklift truck that can be controlled from a distance. This innovative program is aimed at improving comfort and safety, and creating job opportunities for people with physical disabilities and others that are historically underrepresented in the logistics industry.

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The first successful tests took place in France (Levallois and Le Mans) as part of a multi-year cooperation between GEODIS, Phantom Auto, and Fenwick-Linde to create the first remotely operated forklift, capable of being controlled from thousands of miles away. It is the precursor of a revolution in the nature of work in the logistics industry, expanding opportunity to people from historically underrepresented demographics (e.g. women, people with physical disabilities, geographically-isolated, and more).

This cooperation stems from a creative idea from a Geodis manager and was developed in the framework of the Geodis internal innovation program. The solution uses a Fenwick forklift combined with Phantom’s secure, network-agnostic, and interoperable remote operation software to enable remote workers to operate the vehicle, unlocking efficiency and equipment utilization gains. For example, one remote worker can operate multiple forklifts at a number of warehouses at different times of the day, all from one central location.

Geodis remote operators, also referred to as digital drivers, will be able to 'teleport' between different vehicles and between different warehouses with the click of a button, all from the safety of a distant office. Phantom’s software provides Geodis’ remote operators with real-time eyes and ears all around each vehicle, enabling them to safely and confidently guide the vehicles from wherever is convenient.


Geodis' remotely operated forklift program contributes to: (1) reduce injuries and increase overall safety in warehouses, (2) reduce the number of people physically inside warehouses to enhance worker comfort, (3) create new future-proof remote operator jobs that can be carried out within an office environment, (4) hire individuals who may have physical disabilities restricting their use of traditional forklifts, as well as individuals from other historically underrepresented demographics, (5) recruit from regions outside of where warehouses are located, including areas of higher unemployment.

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“Phantom Auto’s technology enables dynamic balancing of workforce allocation, safer warehouses, enhanced worker well-being, and employment opportunities to those who otherwise could not physically drive forklifts,” said Stéphanie Hervé, Geodis’ chief operating officer Western Europe, Middle East and Africa. “This innovation will be of benefit to the wider community and indicates the future of logistics operations. We believe that technology should serve people, and that is what this partnership with Phantom Auto illustrates.'

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“Phantom is proud to have partnered with GEODIS in Europe in this groundbreaking initiative, which delivers multiple benefits in efficiency and the provision of a safer working environment,” said Shai Magzimof, co-founder of Phantom Auto.

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Co-Founder Elliot Katz added: “Phantom’s remote operation software can help people with physical disabilities not just to get from point A to point B, but also with actual employment opportunities, and we are thrilled that Geodis is using our technology for good.”