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Safety in working with lift trucks

Safety in working with lift trucks

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This book is aimed primarily to support those with direct responsibility for the safe operation of lift trucks but also informative for wider parties (eg trade union health and safety representatives). Intended as an accompanying support to formal training, not a replacement for it. The sections cover several key areas accounting for the varying types of trucks. From broader issues and considerations, such as training needs and authorisation requirements, the guidance also concentrates on specifics such as: working area practicalities; protection of both operators and pedestrians; operational basics; matters concerning trailers or loading platforms; and essential maintenance. Free guidance provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
This book is aimed primarily to support those with direct responsibility for the safe operation of lift trucks but also informative for wider parties (eg trade union health and safety representatives). Intended as an accompanying support to formal training, not a replacement for it. The sections cover several key areas accounting for the varying types of trucks. From broader issues and considerations, such as training needs and authorisation requirements, the guidance also concentrates on specifics such as: working area practicalities; protection of both operators and pedestrians; operational basics; matters concerning trailers or loading platforms; and essential maintenance. Free guidance provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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Health and SafetyExecutive
HSE Books
Safety in working with lift trucks
This is a free-to-download, web-friendly version of HSG6 (Third edition,published 2000). This version has been adapted for online use from HSE’scurrent printed version.
  You can buy the book at www.hsebooks.co.uk and most good bookshops.
ISBN: 978 0 7176 1781 4Price £6.50
Lift trucks are widely used throughout industry for moving materials and goods,but they also feature prominently in workplace accidents. Even an incident notcausing injury may result in costly damage to lift trucks, buildings, fittings andthe goods being handled, and may disrupt work.This guidance is relevant for anyone with responsibility for the safe operationof lift trucks, eg employers, controllers of worksites, managers, supervisorsor operators. Other people involved with lift trucks, eg trade union health andsafety representatives, may also find it useful. However, this guidance does notreplace formal training.The main areas covered are: the law; types of lift truck; lift truck operators;training; authorisation to drive; the working area; protecting pedestrians andoperators; operation of lift trucks; trailers and loading platforms; maintenance;and two appendicies covering training bodies and medical standards for lifttruck operators.
 
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Health and SafetyExecutive
©
Crown copyright 2000
First published 1979Second edition 1993 Third edition 2000Reprinted 2002, 2003, 2008, 2011ISBN 978 0 7176 1781 4 You may reuse this information (not including logos) free of charge in any formator medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view the licencevisit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/, write to theInformation Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or emailpsi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk. Some images and illustrations may not be owned by the Crown so cannot bereproduced without permission of the copyright owner. Enquiries should be sent tocopyright@hse.gsi.gov.uk. This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidanceis not compulsory and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow theguidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health andsafety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to thisguidance as illustrating good practice. 
 Acknowledgements
HSE gratefully acknowledges the help given by the following organisations:Barlow HandlingHereford Fork Trucks (HFT)Lansing Linde
 
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Contents
Introduction
 
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Management of lift truck operations 5Who should read this guidance? 5The law 5
Types of lift truck 
 
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Industrial counterbalance lift truck 7Industrial reach truck 8Rough-terrain counterbalance lift truck 8Telescopic materials handler 8Side-loading lift truck 9Pedestrian-controlled lift truck 9Large lift truck 9
Lift truck operators 10
Selection of operators and trainees 10Medical considerations 10
Training 11
Stages of training and other considerations 11Testing 13
Authorisation 13
 
The working area 13
Parking areas 15
Protecting pedestrians and operators 15
Pedestrians 15Operators 16
The lift truck 17
Risks arising from motive power 22 Attachments 23
Operation of lift trucks
26Dos and don’ts 26Stacking and de-stacking 28Stacking with counterbalance lift trucks 28De-stacking with counterbalance lift trucks 30Reach trucks 31Stacking with reach trucks 31De-stacking with reach trucks 33Working platforms 34Masted rough-terrain counterbalance lift trucks 34Telescopic materials handlers 35Side-loading lift trucks 36Pedestrian-controlled trucks 37
Trailers and loading platforms 37Maintenance 37

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