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Driver (Forklift)

Forklift Drivers use forklifts to transport or organise large containers, crates and bulk items which are too heavy to be lifted or easily moved, to alternate vehicles or locations. They must have a special category drivers license and be able to items safely and efficiently.

Duties and tasks

  • Operate forklift controls and manoeuvre forks to pick up items and move or stack them in a variety of settings such as factories, warehouses, storage yards, etc.
  • Operate movement of forklifts with caution and precision to avoid injury and lost or damaged goods
  • Organise stock or products according to specified instructions on orders so that customers know where to locate them
  • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles and equipment to ensure proper functioning of machines so that transported items dont get damaged
  • Use controls and gauges in forklifts to monitor operations when the pick-up and transferring is taking place

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Good Driver and Clean Driving Record
  • Organisational Skills
  • Problem Solving Capabilities
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Forklift Drivers spend most of their time transporting storage containers and bulk materials from one location to another. They should be able to spend long periods of time operating forklifts while staying alert and adhering to all safety standards. They may need to work early mornings, late evenings and weekends depending on loads to be carried.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Commerce (WA)
Safe Work SA
The Building Services Authority (BSA)
WorkCover NSW

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  • Logistics Assistant
  • Logistics Clerk
  • Packer
  • Storeperson
  • Truck Driver
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Warehouse Operations Manager/Assistant