When working at heights from a forklift working platform (safety cage), do you need a working at height licence or to be trained internally?
The worker who is working at heights from a forklift working platform is not required to obtain a high-risk licence under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (regulations).
The forklift operator will be required to have a high-risk licence if your working platform (safety cage) is part of a forklift that is characterised by the regulations as a “powered industrial truck equipped with lifting media made up of a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of fork arms or other arms that can be raised 900mm or more above the ground, but does not include a pedestrian operated truck or a pallet truck”.
If your forklift satisfies the above definition, then the forklift operator will have to obtain either:
- a forklift truck high-risk licence (Class LF) for 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; or
- an order-picking forklift truck high-risk licence (Class LO) for powered industrial truck of a type where the operator’s control arrangement is incorporated with the load carriage/lifting media, and elevates with it.
In addition, you have a duty of care to provide your workers with appropriate training for both working from heights and working safely with a forklift. Providing appropriate training is an effective way to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of your workers.