Forklift loading unloading & exclusion zone (LUEZ) guidelines Australia
The use of forklifts in loading and unloading goods from vehicles and containers is a common practice in Australia. However, it is essential to ensure that these operations are conducted safely to prevent accidents and injuries to workers and members of the public. One of the ways to achieve this is by creating a Loading, Unloading, and Exclusion Zone (LUEZ) around the vehicle or container. In this blog, we will discuss the LUEZ guidelines in Australia and the steps that must be taken to create a safe working environment during loading and unloading operations.
A LUEZ is an area around a vehicle or container that is designated as a safe working area for the loading and unloading of goods. The purpose of the LUEZ is to reduce the risk of injury by creating a barrier to prevent access to the area during loading and unloading operations. This can be achieved through the use of physical barriers, such as walls or fences, or through the use of warning signs, line marking, barriers, Forklift Pedestrian Detection Systems and driver safety zones.
The materials used to create the LUEZ must be solid and able to withstand the impact of the material handling equipment. The barrier must also be able to prevent access to the area. This can be achieved through the use of walls or fences, or through the use of warning signs and barriers. It is important to ensure that the LUEZ is properly maintained and that access to the area is restricted during loading and unloading operations. This can be achieved through the use of locked gates, barriers, or warning signs that clearly indicate the LUEZ and the restrictions in place.
The use of forklifts in the LUEZ must be carefully managed to ensure the safety of workers and members of the public. The forklift operator must be trained and licensed to operate the equipment and must follow safe operating procedures at all times. The forklift must also be properly maintained and inspected to ensure that it is in good working order.
It is also important to ensure that the LUEZ is properly illuminated, especially if the loading and unloading operations are conducted at night. Adequate lighting can help to reduce the risk of accidents and increase visibility for workers and members of the public.
Once the risk assessment has been completed, it is important to take steps to eliminate or mitigate the identified hazards. This may involve making changes to the LUEZ, providing additional training for workers, or using additional safety equipment.
Finally it is important to regularly review the LUEZ guidelines and Workplace Traffic Management Plans to ensure compliance with Acts and Regulations along with suitability to your workplace.
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