Telehandler safety guide useful for merchants

Published:  10 February, 2011

LONDON: A construction safety group has launched a guide to safe use of telehandlers in the construction industry. Aimed at construction site users it is also relevant for the growing number of builders' merchant users.


Telehandlers are incredibly versatile but that has increased the risk of unsafe operations and accidents, says the Health and Safety Executive.

In the foreword to the new guide, Phillip White, chief inspector of construction at the HSE says: "Not only do these accidents have a terrible cost in terms of human suffering, they also have a significant financial cost for all concerned. This guidance has been prepared by a working group representing all parts of the industry, including the Health and Safety Executive to provide clarity on the safe use of telehandlers; including planning, role of personnel, training and familiarisation of personnel, safe use, maintenance, inspection and thorough examination. The guidance is straightforward, comprehensive and easy to adopt."

The best practice document, Safe Use of Telehandlers in Construction, was launched by the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group today, and is available free from the Construction Plant-hire Association and Bira websites at and

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