SAFETY IN WORKING WITH LIFT TRUCKS

This publication gives guidance for those who have duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and other relevant legislation, to help them carry out their responsibility for the safe operation of lift trucks. This lies with occupiers, employers, managers, supervisors, operators and others working on or near these trucks. Lift trucks feature prominently in accidents arising from the movement of materials and goods in many industries and processes, accounting for about 20 deaths and 5,000 injuries every year. This comprises about one-third of all injuries connected with transport in factory areas, and the increasing use of lift trucks both there and elsewhere makes it likely that accidents will increase unless preventive action is taken. About 45% of LT accidents are caused wholly or partly by operator error, which underlines the need for firms to ensure that operators are properly trained to meet the particluar conditions and nature of the work, and that supervisors see that they continue to operate carefully. There are, however, many other reasons for LT accidents including inadequate premises and poor track maintenance. Firms using LTs should therefore adopt proper systems of work (e.g. procedures for training, for traffic and pedestrian movements, for control and maintenance of trucks etc.). This booklet deals mainly with conventional reach and counterbalanced lift trucks equipped with forks. The guidance given may apply to similar trucks, but additional information should be obtained from the supplier, manufacturer etc. Some special lift trucks are mentioned but order-picking trucks, straddle carriers, industrial tractors and platform trucks are not covered. Guidance is given on the practical application of regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, but this should not be regarded as an authoritative interpretation of the law. Statutory requirements referred to are listed in Appendix 1.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Price: one pound.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Health and Safety Executive, England

    London,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Pagination: 33 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319005
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS(G) Series
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM