Dos and Don’ts for safely operating telehandlers

If you are currently working as telehandlers operator and, although you are familiar with safety requirements in the field, you want to read more on the topic, we have some pieces of advice for you. Moreover, even aspiring operators can take a glance at these pieces of advice, since many profile companies are currently hiring telehandlers for diverse site jobs, and they are always in search of a great operator. Although many consider that operating a telescopic handler is a job for everybody, this is far from reality. This type of equipment can only be operated by highly trained and experienced personnel, property of the company hiring them for diverse construction sites. For more information on required safety rules, you can continue reading below.

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Always make a throughout assessment of the construction site

Before starting moving objects around the site using telehandlers, the operator must walk the site and identify diverse dangers. For example, obstructions, puddles, uneven terrain, or any other conditions that can limit or endanger the equipment’s proper functioning or the operator’s or other worker’s safety on site. Under surface conditions must be assessed as well, one of the most important aspects when operating telehandlers being the terrain and its conditions. Of course, there are certain telehandlers designed for safe use under all conditions, but first operators must be sure they are driving such pieces of equipment. The safest way of doing so is by reading the safety specifications included in the equipment’s manual.

Make sure you adjust the telehandlers’ settings accordingly to your load

Before picking up any type of load, make sure you adjust the load’s weight accordingly to your equipment’s specifications. Adjust the width of your forks as well, for a safe bearing of your load. This is a main requirement especially when working with palletised loads. Of course, regardless of the type of your load, you must make sure it is perfectly balanced laterally. Also, if straps are necessary for securing your load, make sure you use them properly.

Make sure you are wearing proper clothing

The company you are working for will certainly provide proper clothing, but you must make sure you wear it. For instance, always wear your hardhat and proper boots. Wearing high visibility jackets is also a safety requirement you must follow, because they will ensure your visibility all around the site. And, as a general rule, make sure you wear quite fitted clothes, because ones that are too loose might represent quite a danger.