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Forklift Safety Tip – Non Approved Attachments

Forklift Safety Tip – Non Approved Attachments

Author: Nathan Wade

An alarming amount of companies are being fined for what we refer to as Using Non Approved Attachments. 

What is an attachment?

Basically, anything that goes onto the front of a forklift other than the standard forks is classed as an attachment. Almost every company with a forklift has an Attachment of some sort tucked away in the corner. 

Whether it’s an old set of slippers, a jib, or worst of all, a safety cage or Work platform (Basically if it’s not approved, you’re just inviting trouble.)

So how do you tell wether an attachment is approved?

Good Question: Legally, all forklifts must have a data plate fitted to them that clearly indicates how much weight they are capable of lifting. These plates are stamped and fitted by the manufacturer and display to the driver the exact amount of weight that can be safely lifted. 

Any alterations to the machine that would change the amount it can safely lift (such as fitting attachments) will cause the plate to be wrong and the forklift to be illegal. Each attachments used, MUST be mentioned on the data plate so that the driver knows exactly how much weight that that forklift can carry when each particular attachment is fitted.

To give you an example: If you have one attachment and fifty forklifts, the attachment can only be used on the one that has been approved on the data plate. Although it may fit on all the other forklifts, it can’t be used legally.

Operating a forklift with a non approved attachment can not only cause you to incur a fine, but your insurance will most likely not cover you while it’s being used.

But Your Forklift Repairer Wouldn’t Of Sold It To You Without 
Sure It Was All Legal, Right? Wrong!

Unfortunately, even most of the best repairers in the industry simply aren’t familiar with the current laws. At the risk of getting my self in trouble, I’m willing to say that the forklift sales people you have dealing with probably just don’t care. Please don’t think that just because you bought or especially rent, your equipment from a large company that you’re safe. 

They’re often the worst offenders! The only way to protect your self is to check wether or not they are approved your self, and rectify the problem.

For those of you who were smart enough to get your attachments 
approved for particular forklifts on your site, I have this question:

Do your operators know which machine is the one approved for that particular attachment, or do they use it on any that will fit? Even the non approved ones?

If you have any question relating to this or any other matter, please feel free to call me on 1300 512 083 or email me

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