Forklift Drivers

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Forklift Drivers

Forklift Drivers operate forklifts to move bulk materials, containers, crates, palletised goods, cartons and bales.

Fun facts

  • 1286 Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 86% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 4% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by forklift drivers. A few are listed below:

  • operating controls to align forklifts and raise and lower forks to stack and unstack items in warehouses, factories, timber yards and shipping terminals
  • operating forklifts which run on rails or use electronic guidance systems to control movements in narrow aisles
  • transporting goods to designated areas in warehouses, factories, timber yards and shipping terminals
  • ensuring goods are stored in correct areas so that they can be easily located when orders are made up
  • monitoring equipment operation visually through gauges and instruments and through computerised monitoring equipment
  • inspecting and controlling equipment to identify wear and damage
  • servicing and performing minor repairs and adjustments to forklifts
  • may operate specialised trucks to carry items beneath elevated frames

Specific occupations

  • Forklift Driver
  • Fork Truck Operator
  • Forklift Operator
  • Reach Truck Operator