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03-29-2012, 12:00 PM
Hi I am looking for some information on data plates and attachments for forklifts in Australia.The main issue is that the Australian standards are not crystal clear when stating that. the manufacture must attach data plate to forklift. I have an engineer who thinks he can place a data plate without the forklift manufactures approval because the attachment is rated below the approved SWL and within the center of gravity (load centre distance)
can any body show me where it is written that you must have the FORKLIFT manufactures approval before using attachments
and where do skip bins and smaller type rubbish (flip forward type)bins fit into this???
cheers Boilykev

John W
03-30-2012, 10:08 PM
BoilyKe , you should seek clarification from your your local inspectorate , the new WHS Acts & Regulations 2011 do mention industrial Lift trucks (Forklifts )

04-01-2012, 12:03 AM
Thanks John will do

11-10-2012, 11:14 AM
Hi all, Do your forklift operators understand how to read Data Plates on forklifts? the "sticker" on the side of the machine is not the rated capacity (SWL) of the machine iin Australia. This is due to the increased "load centre distance" of 600mm which is standard in Australia.(500 mm,overseas) having done some research into this, I have found that a lot of operators are failing to understand a basic legal requirement of operating a forklift. which is knowing how to read and understand the machines data plate.This tells you how much load the machine will carry at a certain distance, measured from the vertical face or the heel of the tyne to the centre of gravity of the load which in most cases is the middle of a chep type pallet (1200 x 1200 )however, if you have a longer load the SWL of the fork lift will decrease.(may overbalance) this new safe working load can be calculated from the data plate which takes out the need to guess the SWL. hope this helps, Cheers Boily Kev

10-10-2013, 09:00 AM
The original requirement for Fork Truck data plates and accessories comes from the US ASME Std on Fork Trucks. With few exceptions, this is the basic World Std. The US OSHA has adopted the 1969 ASME Std as the legal std for the USA. (It has been updated 5 times since then.) In Europe, it is allowed that a Fork (lift) Truck may have a non-mfr approved attachment or accessory added IF THE MFR'S AUTHORIZED SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE HAS THE ACCESSORY OR Attachment(s) TuV APPROVED by a licensed and registered Safety Engineer. This means a separate load table plate is attached to the fork lift or a letter which indicates that no change is required. As an inspector, I have fined many locations for this simple omission. In the US/CAN, this isn't allowed. Any and all attachments/accessories must be approved by the vehicle manufacturer... those changing the load table characteristics will be furnished with a additional load placard to be affixed to the fork lift. (In my experience, most people get into trouble with fork extenders.) As we strive for Best Practices, I use the newest ASME Std when addressing Fork (Lifts) Trucks and as is done in Europe with the newest EN (for the CE Mark) and ISO Stds. In Europe, the legal liability shifts (under Strict Product Liability) from the manufacturer to the owner/operator, if an older fork truck is used in the work area that doesn't comply with the new safety, health and environmental stds and such vehicles are TuV certified each year for compliance. This is why you see equipment replaced frequently and meeting most current stds for vibration, operator visibility (cab forward designs), noise, and pollution emissions.) Businesses are able to depreciate their property, plant and equipment each year resulting in additional tax-free income... this is intended so they re-invest in new equipment at the end of UseFul Life in the Tables of Useful Life; US uses OMB A-76 Handbook, an atch at the back,or the IRS Depreciation (Tax) Tables. Combustion engine Fork Trucks is 8 years and electrical forklifts are 13. The other common fine is for battery charging operations to include disconnecting means.