Health & Safety

Operating a fork lift truck with a damaged OPG

Can I operate a fork lift truck with a damaged  Operator Protection Guard  (OPG)? The Operator Protection Guard  (OPG) on a Counterbalance Fork Lift (FLT) is designed to protect the operator in two different ways.  The first is to protect the operator in the event of the machine rolling over. This level of protection is […]

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Can I operate a fork lift truck with a damaged  Operator Protection Guard  (OPG)? The Operator Protection Guard  (OPG) on a Counterbalance Fork Lift (FLT) is designed to protect the operator in two different ways.  The first is to protect the operator in the event of the machine rolling over. This level of protection is

MEWPS crossing a public road

Crossing a mobile elevated platform from one site to another that involves crossing a public road. Many, if not all, local authorities have a system in place whereby you can obtain a licence from them to cover the use of a MEWP on the highway.  Depending on the frequency of travel across the road however,

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Crossing a mobile elevated platform from one site to another that involves crossing a public road. Many, if not all, local authorities have a system in place whereby you can obtain a licence from them to cover the use of a MEWP on the highway.  Depending on the frequency of travel across the road however,

Operating a forklift either near a public place / highway or on a public highway

What is the law and best practice surrounding operating a forklift either near a public place / highway or on a public highway? The FLTA’s TB03 has been removed from circulation because some of the information within it had become out of date.  We are looking to re-draft it to provide Dealers with a simplified

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What is the law and best practice surrounding operating a forklift either near a public place / highway or on a public highway? The FLTA’s TB03 has been removed from circulation because some of the information within it had become out of date.  We are looking to re-draft it to provide Dealers with a simplified

What is the maximum / minimum height forks should be when travelling?

The term normally used for this is “Safe travel position” and is defined as follows: LADEN – SUFFICIENT BACK TILT APPLIED (the amount would be determined on the load being carried e.g. full back tilt for metal stillages as metal on metal slides, so full back tilt will prevent the stillage sliding under braking), FORK

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The term normally used for this is “Safe travel position” and is defined as follows: LADEN – SUFFICIENT BACK TILT APPLIED (the amount would be determined on the load being carried e.g. full back tilt for metal stillages as metal on metal slides, so full back tilt will prevent the stillage sliding under braking), FORK

If you fit a second-hand overhead guard to a forklift truck, would this need to be tested?

Provided that the guard is undamaged, unmodified (including holes drilled for fixtures added post manufacture) and is an original OHG, fitted to the original mounts, with genuine fixtures and is from a machine of the same brand, model and capacity, it should not be necessary to subject it to testing. It will be up to

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Provided that the guard is undamaged, unmodified (including holes drilled for fixtures added post manufacture) and is an original OHG, fitted to the original mounts, with genuine fixtures and is from a machine of the same brand, model and capacity, it should not be necessary to subject it to testing. It will be up to

Protecting operators from the dangers of oil escaping under pressure from a split hose

There are several things that you can do, including: – Ensure that all hoses are inspected for damage and leaks, as part of your daily checks Ensure that all lifting equipment, including lift trucks are inspected at least annually, by a competent and authorised inspector, in accordance with the requirements of The Lifting Operations Lifting

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There are several things that you can do, including: – Ensure that all hoses are inspected for damage and leaks, as part of your daily checks Ensure that all lifting equipment, including lift trucks are inspected at least annually, by a competent and authorised inspector, in accordance with the requirements of The Lifting Operations Lifting

Seat belt usage where a driver is ‘picking’ i.e. going to a location picking a few cases then back on his truck driving s few yards and repeating

If a machine is fitted with an overhead guard, as both counterbalance and articulated machines are, then it is essential that the operator is always restrained by a restraint system whilst on the machine.  The restraint works to ensure that, in the event of an overturn, the operator does not become trapped or crushed by

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If a machine is fitted with an overhead guard, as both counterbalance and articulated machines are, then it is essential that the operator is always restrained by a restraint system whilst on the machine.  The restraint works to ensure that, in the event of an overturn, the operator does not become trapped or crushed by

What is the recommended minimum size for a gangway (not the operating aisle) or transfer aisle for a typically sized standard reach truck?

It is not possible for the FLTA to advise on gangway width as there are so many factors to take into account. The dimension of the widest part of any truck, or its load, likely to use the gangway would be the starting point.  For a conventional Reach Truck, our recommendation would be to allow

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It is not possible for the FLTA to advise on gangway width as there are so many factors to take into account. The dimension of the widest part of any truck, or its load, likely to use the gangway would be the starting point.  For a conventional Reach Truck, our recommendation would be to allow

Is it within regulations to use a human cage on a forklift truck if the truck has twin lift chains?

It is not a requirement for a machine to have dual chains in order to be used as a “man up” solution however, there are several other obligations that the FLTA feel we should make you aware of: One of the primary obligations that you have is to ensure that any truck which is being

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It is not a requirement for a machine to have dual chains in order to be used as a “man up” solution however, there are several other obligations that the FLTA feel we should make you aware of: One of the primary obligations that you have is to ensure that any truck which is being

Can you operate a forklift truck with a motorcycle license on a public highway?

A motorcycle licence does not qualify a fork truck operator to venture onto the public highway.  Regardless of whether the trucks are to be driven within the immediate vicinity or over greater distances, the operator should hold the relevant Driver’s Licence, as detailed below: Larger forklift trucks would normally require large goods vehicle (LGV) entitlement

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A motorcycle licence does not qualify a fork truck operator to venture onto the public highway.  Regardless of whether the trucks are to be driven within the immediate vicinity or over greater distances, the operator should hold the relevant Driver’s Licence, as detailed below: Larger forklift trucks would normally require large goods vehicle (LGV) entitlement

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