The Directorate draws attention to the Marine Safety Investigation Report No: 08/2023.
This report highlights the potential hazards associated with forklift truck (FLT) operations.
A review of several industry guidelines highlights the dangers attributed to FLTs, which are of concern when not operated as purposely designed.
Common hazards include overturning of FLTs, falling loads, personnel falling from forks, crushing injuries, and blocked sights.
Particular attention is also drawn to the suggestion that “Personnel other than the driver should not be carried on a truck unless it is constructed or adapted for the purpose. Riding on the forks of a forklift truck is particularly dangerous. The driver should be careful to keep all parts of the body within the limits of the width of the truck or load.”
Furthermore, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) has been notified of another similar occurrence in the past, and attention is also drawn to MSIU Report No: 20/2021.
All concerned are strongly recommended to bring this Notice and the investigation report to the attention of all crew serving onboard Maltese registered vessels.