Training is key:
Making sure that all telehandler drivers have the correct level of training is of paramount importance. Each driver should possess a Construction Plant Competence Scheme card that confirms they are able to operate a telehandler carrying a suspended load. Additional training on the best safe lifting practice could be necessary.
Put in plenty of planning time:
One of the greatest dangers when operating a telehandler is the risk of running into overhead cables. When assessing the work site it is vital that enough work goes into the planning stage to be able to make sure that any overhead cables are accounted for and can be avoided.
Don’t abuse the brakes:
When you are carrying a heavy load it is vital that heavy braking is avoided. If you are carrying a big cargo, sudden braking can lead to the vehicle tipping forward causing a risk to others on site as well as the driver and cargo. In addition, other workers on site should be properly trained not to walk in front of telehandlers in operation as this could lead to a sudden break incident, setting this whole chain of events in motion.