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Forklift Safety – Spotlight On Blue LEDs

Forklift Safety

Each year, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements are becoming increasingly stringent in Australia throughout the construction industry. While forklifts are an excellent vehicle for use in warehouses and on construction sites, sadly, OHS safety issues commonly arise with this type of machinery.

A statistic of note is that 36% of serious forklift-related injuries involve someone other than the driver. This means pedestrians are often caught off-guard and may not be aware a forklift is coming. The machines themselves do make noise, but in a busy warehouse or factory, for example, the audibility of the forklift can get lost amongst the other surrounding activities.

So, what’s the solution to keep your workers out of harm’s way? The best way to prevent common forklift accidents is to increase their visibility on the ground, using blue light-emitting-diodes (LED) or safety lights.

The blue LEDs project a very visible beam of light across the floor which is hard to miss. They can be mounted to either the front or rear of the forklift and depending on where they are placed, will project blue light approximately five metres ahead of or behind it, alerting pedestrians to the approaching machine. The light only moves when the vehicle does, so pedestrians know when the forklift is stationary or moving.

There are a variety of safety light products on the market, such as the Narva Blue-Spot LED.

Narva is Australian-owned and is a leader in the development, manufacture and supply of automotive lighting and electrical components for the automotive, marine and transport industries.

The new Blue Spot safety addition is particularly valuable to anyone crossing from a blind angle such as in-between racking in a warehouse, in front of an oncoming forklift. And while the 9-110 volt light features two potent XP-E 3 watt L.E.Ds, it’s surprisingly compact with dimensions of 100mm H x 122mm W x 82mm D.

Thanks to adoption of the latest L.E.D technology, the light has a very low current draw (0.4A at 12V and 0.2A at 24V) plus the benefit of exceptionally long service life. For ease of fitment and durability, stainless steel mounting hardware is also included as standard.

As an added bonus the Blue-Spot L.E.D safety light is supported by a 5-Year L.E.D Narva warranty.

Elevated Training can provide further information on forklift safety lights, mounting them and the best ways to keep your workers safe and in compliance with Australian OHS standards.

 

Work Safety Gear – Are You Protected?

Between 2014 and 2015, 25% of serious claims in Australia were lodged by labourers who had sustained injury or illness at work. These accidents create big problems for both the employee and the employer, including loss of pay and productivity, work down-time and financial issues such as compensation premiums and social welfare programs.

Health and safety in the workplace is not just the responsibility of the employer, but of every member of staff associated with the business. The whole team is responsible for maintaining a clean and safe working environment and carrying out work wearing the correct protective clothing where required.

Different industries require different codes of practice when it comes to the use of personal protection equipment, and your employer will provide these details when you join the company. The most common types of protective gear are hard hats, high vis jackets, safety goggles, sun and heat protection, hearing protection and face shields. All personal and general safety equipment should be compliant with Australian standards and Queensland’s work safety procedures.

If your job requires you to work at heights or in confined spaces, operate dangerous machinery, work with hazardous chemicals or in harsh environments, it’s critical that you receive the relevant training and qualifications. Your team should follow all procedures and regulations to avoid accidents and injuries in the manufacturing, construction, electrician, plumbing and mining industries.

For more information on workplace health and safety in your current job or prospective employment, contact the Elevated Training team. We are committed to protecting tradesmen and labourers in the workplace.

Which Industry Qualifications Are Right For You?

The labour industry comprises such a broad range of sectors and specialisms that it can be difficult to know which type of role you are best suited to and the qualifications you’ll need to get the job. There are hundreds of training programmes, qualifications and certificates provided by different organisations with varying instructors, so it’s important to find the right one for you.

Australia is home to a large volume of manufacturing companies with thousands of workers that produce many of the goods we buy for use in every aspect of our lives. There are a multitude of jobs in assembly and fabrication, engineering, electrical technologies, warehouse stocking, quality control and management. While there is a lot to choose from, the tools and machinery used in these roles require training to operate – you may need a forklift licence, order picking or high reach licence or a logbook machine licence.

The trade industry is very broad but whether you are looking for excavation or construction work, you will need a QLD white card. To work safely at heights, you need to be qualified with an elevated work platform licence or high risk work licence for scaffolding and rigging. For jobs on building and development sites, it’s likely you’ll require training to conduct hydraulic, skid steer and grader loader operations.

With more and more employers looking for trade-certified staff over degree holders, the future of your career depends on choosing a course that’s right for you. If you’re uncertain about the role or industry you’d like to find work in, contact our team to establish the training that will open up as many opportunities as possible for your employment. View our full range of courses here.

First Aid Basics – Protect Yourself and Your Team

No matter how many health and safety procedures your employment has in place, there is always still a risk of accidents happening in the workplace. Some emergencies are unavoidable and can cause injury to employees and damage to business property, so it’s a good idea to be prepared by learning some basic principles of first aid or attending a course.

A first aid course will train you how to respond to life threatening situations, call for medical assistance, perform effective resuscitation and communicate details of any incidents. Giving you the skills and knowledge to quickly and effectively respond to emergencies, you can learn how to protect not just adults but also children. Your training may also come in handy outside of the workplace in the case of an accident.

You should choose a nationally recognised course from a registered training organisation such as St John Ambulance Queensland. As a general rule, there should be one first aider for every 25 workers in high risk workplaces such as construction sites and manufacturing factories. Depending on your workplace, you will need to consider all potential hazards inside and outside of your premises.

Teams that work in high risk workplaces are most vulnerable to accidental injury due to the dangerous tasks involved on a daily basis. Jobs where you may be exposed to risks and hazards include operating machinery such as forklift trucks and elevated platforms, agricultural chemicals, working at heights and extreme heat or cold. These types of roles in particular require a certified first aider to be on-site at all times.

By keeping a first aid box in an easily accessible place, you will be able to rapidly treat any injuries or illnesses in your place of work. These should also be stored inside work vehicles if you or your team travels as part of your employment. For more information on first aid or safety training, contact the Elevated Training team.

Operating Construction Equipment and Machinery

The evolution of technology has supported many workforces in their practices for centuries. Today, we have the ability to carry out more tasks bigger, better and faster; but it’s thanks to advancing machinery and equipment rather than raw manpower alone. The construction, manufacturing and agricultural industries in particular rely on the use of heavy machinery to streamline their processes and boost business throughout the year.

The most commonly used trade equipment is earthmoving machinery such as backhoe loaders, wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators and graders. With new properties, infrastructure and land being constantly regenerated and developed, these tools allow workers to dig deep into the ground to lay foundations and construct new buildings. Machinery courses and licences to operate this equipment can be obtained in a matter of days with the right training.

Forklift trucks are abundant across factories and warehouses across the country, providing workers with the freedom to lift, move and transport heavy goods and materials around the premises. There are three main types of forklift including the standard truck, order picking forklift and high reach forklift. Elevated Training provides a range of courses to qualify you to use any or all of these machines.

Elevated work platforms have revolutionised the way we build, maintain and clean our cities and communities. Workers can be transported to great heights to carry out specific and detailed jobs on buildings, but in order to be qualified for this role; employees must undertake an elevating work platform course. Working at heights requires more risk than other construction jobs, meaning your qualifications will open up opportunities for higher rates of pay.

With so many tools and machines being used and improved every day, it’s crucial for employees to adapt and learn how to use them to secure the best paid jobs. The more licences, certifications and training you have to use these machines, the better your job prospects will be. View our courses or for more information on training please contact the team.

Construction Salaries – Could You Be Earning More?

Every construction business has its own requirements and guidelines for rates of pay, but some jobs in particular will always pay higher than others. Certain qualifications and training will also guarantee better employment opportunities and increased wages. We’ve put together a brief guide to the top salaries in the industry…

Jobs with the greatest amount of responsibility are often rewarded with high earnings, which is why it’s no surprise that project managers are among the highest paid employees in the field. With wages ranging from $90,000 to a huge $280,000 a year, it’s their job to efficiently plan and organise everything down to the tiniest detail with no room for error.

Those qualified to work with high risk equipment and in dangerous environments are also likely to secure greater pay rates due to the hazardous nature of their jobs. Crane, hoist and lift operators are a close second, with an average salary of $104,023. Other well-paid roles include air transport controllers, mining professionals and engineers, who can similar rates depending on their experience.

The good news is trade workers are now in higher demand than staff members that are qualified to bachelor degree level. But with the construction industry growing at an incredible rate in Australia, many of the workers searching for these jobs lack the relevant skills to apply. With a huge number of construction courses, licences and qualifications available in Queensland, it’s important to find the best instructors and trainers who can equip tradesmen with better skills than the competition.

Elevated Training offers a comprehensive range of courses from fully accredited instructors and facilities. As a festive gift to our new and existing customers, we are offering a special Christmas promotion to help workers in the construction industry achieve their goals through leading training services. Look out for more information soon! To learn more about the services we offer, view our all of our courses here.