Forklift driver safety and training

Since 2001, the law has required forklift trucks to be operated only by drivers who have passed a Forklift Driver's Training Course conducted by training schools approved by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

The Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) "Operate Forklift" Competency Standards replaced the Forklift Driver's Training Course in 2009.

It is the basic mandatory training for all forklift operators and it is also recommended that all forklift operators attend refresher training every three years.

According to a MOM report in 2006, the most common type of fatal accidents involving a forklift occurs when the victim is caught in between an object and the vehicle.

Last year, a man died after the forklift platform he was standing on was accidentally raised, pinning his head against the ceiling and snapping his neck.