Driving with forks raised on your forklift can be fatal

I was recently in New Zealand, a country that takes forklift safety and training seriously.  I was quite surprised therefore to see at a municipal refuse dump a forklift operator driving with his load and forks up at least 4 feet.  This is in an area with the public walking around dumping their garbage.  I am short so 4 feet could be quite lethal if I walked into the forks.  Even for taller individuals forks can penetrate important parts of their bodies.  So the message is if on foot beware the forklift and its forks, if you are the operator bring the forks down whenever you are travelling.