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HSE issues warning over use of telehandlers
THE Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged farmers to remember the dangers of using telehandlers fitted with a grain bucket to drive in fence posts.
Although telehandlers are versatile pieces of equipment, they do have limitations and are not designed to be used in this way.
The HSE is advising that all users should only operate the machinery within the confines of manufacturer instructions.
Purpose-designed post-driving equipment is widely available and this should be used where mechanical assistance is required.
Most incidents occur when someone has been holding the fence post in close proximity to the machine while the bucket is lowered on to the post by the telehandler.
It is essential that buckets and other attachments are securely held on the machine, irrespective of the work being undertaken.
To reduce the risk of injury, telehandler operators should always follow safe working practices when operating the machine.
In particular they should:
* Understand the function and operation of all the controls; n know the correct procedures to secure and release buckets and other attachments.
* Understand and follow the information provided in the operator’s manual.
* Be aware of tasks for which the machine and attachments are suitable.
* Be properly trained in accordance with the HSE-approved code of practice L117 rider-operated lift trucks – operator training and safe use.
Further information about the safe use of agricultural machinery can be found on the HSE website at hse.gov.uk/agriculture/index.htm.
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