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Toyota aims for better forklift safety

Thursday, 26 May 2011 ( #515 ) - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
[image|/upload/gallery/93.jpg|Toyota Material Handling staff gather at the national SafeWork Awards: (from left) Jeff Williamson, John Chapman, Alan Ward, Steve Takacs, Mick Cooper, Scott Sellack, Stan Palmer, Zee Khan and Mark Sutherland.

PHOTO: TMHA|AlignRight]Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) is designing new equipment aimed at increasing safety when working at heights on forklifts.

Its forklift technicians based in Sydney have already been recognised for their efforts in safety development when their industrial tyre changer won the 'best solution to an identifiable workplace health and safety issue' award at last year's NSW WorkCover Safe Work awards.

The workshop team designed and developed the product after a colleague was injured while lifting a wheel and tyre for repair.

The company has been instrumental in raising standards for technicians in Australia with safety credits including an easy-to-use, swing-out bracket for LPG bottles on forklifts and pioneering TAFE training for forklift technicians.
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