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High risk work

Anyone carrying out high risk work, like operating a forklift, must hold a high risk work licence.

Employers must not allow a worker to carry out high risk work (for which a high risk work licence is required) unless:

  • they have a high risk work licence
  • written evidence is provided by the worker stating they have the relevant high risk work licence.

Examples of high risk work

Some examples of high risk work types are:

  • cranes and hoists
  • forklift operation
  • rigging and dogging
  • scaffolding
  • pressure equipment.

Get a licence

Apply for a high risk work licence.

NOTE: You will need to renew your licence every five years.

There is no longer any requirement for earthmoving and particular crane certificates (but operators must demonstrate their competence in the safe operation of the particular piece of plant).

Last updated
04 April 2017

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