There have been more instances of tele-handlers and dumpers overturning on construction sites with often tragic consequences. These days we have trained operators and good site traffic management on most sites we see but in spite of this we are still seeing too many overturns.
This gave use cause to think and discuss this in the office and we have the following thoughts for you to consider which will be helpful when seeking to manage these risks;
- Are roll bars always in the upright position – staff sometimes do not put them into place following delivery;
- Seat belts are still not being worn and warning systems are being defeated as operators are still under the impression that they could somehow ‘jump free’ of the vehicle if it should overturn this just isn’t the case;
- Training often does not teach good practice for using this machinery (in particular dumpers) on slopes, this is essential and should make up a toolbox talk and really should be part of any operators training – check your training satisfies this area;
- Some zones may not be suitable for dumpers and telehandlers – mark exclusions zones for soft ground and steeper slopes;
- Tyre pressures are crucial – make sure staff check pressures daily as a small change in pressure (as little as 5 psi) can have an enormous effect on load capacity. Tyres must be check when cold at the start of each day.
Find out more about the safety of telehandlers here by reading the latest research report from HSE. General information about plant safety can be found on the HSE website here.