Forklift Operator of the Year

The Brisbane Produce Market hosts the Forklift Operator of the Year event each year in August.

With up to 4,000 people working or doing business at the Brisbane Markets® site daily, the Brisbane Produce Market has the highest concentration of forklift operators in Queensland, so promoting a positive safety culture is one of our main priorities.

Nobody likes to be constantly pulled up for doing the wrong thing, so we have implemented the Forklift Operator of the Year event as a way to reward forklift operators who do the right thing and take a proactive approach to managing safety in the way they conduct their daily work activities.

The event runs over a six-week period. Forklift operators are nominated and then enter into an observation round where their safe work practices are scrutinised by Market Officers, Operations senior staff, Brismark staff, Work Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) Representatives and members of our Advisory Committees. Because the observation period runs over several weeks, the event manages to influence safety culture over an extended period, rather than just on the grand final day.

The results of the observation round are tallied and we arrive at ten finalists who then compete over a competency course which tests their skills under safety, time and procedural requirements.

The Forklift Operator of the Year is awarded a cash prize of $3,000.

In Association With

Toyota Material Handling

Brisbane Markets® is proudly supported by Toyota Material Handling.

Toyota Material Handling Australia has the biggest range of forklifts and battery- electric warehouse equipment available in Australia, ensuring that whatever your requirements we have a suitable material handling solution.

Our range of world renowned brands allows for a combination of counter-balance, electric powered pallet forklifts, stackers, order pickers, reach forklifts and narrow aisle equipment that is second to none.

Within Australia, over 50,000 Toyota forklifts have been sold, and the brand has been the Australian counter-balance forklift market leader since 1987. Toyota’s selection of internal combustion and battery-electric counter-balance forklifts range from 0.9 tonnes right up to a massive 24.0 tonnes.

In addition to our range of forklifts and warehouse equipment, Toyota Material Handling Australia also distributes the Toyota range of Huski skid steer loaders and tow tractors for sale and purchase, commonly used for earthmoving and cargo-handling purposes respectively, as well as Bravi elevated work platforms, and pallet racking solutions.

For more information on Toyota Material Handling freecall 1800 425 438 or visit us online at toyotamaterialhandling.com.au

CHEP

From its origins in Australia in 1946, CHEP has played a crucial role as a global supply chain solutions partner, allowing retailers, manufacturers and transporters to move and handle goods cost-effectively and sustainably across Australia, and around the world.

From its origins in Australia in 1946, CHEP has played a crucial role as a global supply chain solutions partner, allowing retailers, manufacturers and transporters to move and handle goods cost-effectively and sustainably across Australia, and around the world.

Chep has a wide range of industry platforms and solutions – more than 300 million shared and reused by growers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, worldwide. Through these, CHEP enables supply chains to meet profitability and sustainability goals, without having to compromise one for the other. Chep solutions will improve your bottom line, reduce your impact on the environment; your carbon footprint, your consumption of natural resources, and your waste sent to landfills.

Powered by more than 1,000 local employees and over 13,000 across 60+ countries, few companies can impact as many components of your supply chain as we can. We move more goods, work inside more facilities, integrate more transportation, touch more equipment and fulfil more store environments than anyone in the world.

CHEP is part of Brambles Limited, the ASX-listed global supply chain solutions company. For more information on CHEP, visit chep.com.au. For information on Brambles, visit www.brambles.com.

The 2016 Brisbane Markets® Forklift Operator of the Year winner

Forklift operator, Jason Thompson, was recognised as the 2016 Brisbane Markets® Forklift Operator of the Year following the grand final held at the Brisbane Produce Market this morning, Wednesday, 31 August.

Mr Thompson was one of 10 finalists who competed in the annual event which required competitors to negotiate a challenging practical course designed to test their forklift operating skills in a controlled environment.

The competition is an initiative of the Brisbane Markets® and is held in association with Toyota Material Handling and CHEP to recognise the positive contributions to safety that forklift operators make in their daily activities.

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