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24/04/2006

WorkSafe caution on telehandlers

WorkSafe has issued a safety alert on an increasingly common type of heavy equipment being used on Victorian worksites, including farms, building sites and in manufacturing.

'Telehandlers', also known as multi-purpose handlers/cranes/tool carriers, telescopic forklifts and by a variety of proprietary names have a telescopic boom to which implements can be attached.

Research by WorkCover NSW indicates that some telehandlers are not designed to lift freely suspended loads, but are being used for this purpose.

Owners of telehandlers and those responsible for their use should have all applicable supplier’s information for the machine, including the maximum operational slope and other limitations.

They should ensure the machines have been designed to accommodate the required attachments, are suitable for the tasks they are to perform and the location where they are intended to be used.

For more information go to www.worksafe.vic.gov.au.

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