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Telehandlers (or telescopic handlers) are modern workhorses of agriculture and construction industries. They can lift, suspend, or shift heavy loads and move them across rough terrain or areas previously inaccessible by foot.

Using this machinery carefully is a top priority and measures must be taken to ensure the safety of its operator and nearby workers. When operating the telehandler, you need to maintain stability to move your load, keep the arms low to the ground when in transit, and drive smoothly to prevent accidents.

Applications of a Telehandler
Telehandlers have many uses around the farm and construction site, and here are just some of the ways you can utilize this equipment:

  • • Moving heavy loads on pallets or in ton bags to different areas.
  • • Lifting loads in areas inaccessible to forklifts such as cargo containers or trailers.
  • • Clearing and cleaning up worksites.
  • • Tree surgery (typically pruning) for higher branches.
  • • Clearing snow from roads and yards.
  • • Working on tall buildings with a maintenance attachment.

Tips for Safe Use of the Telehandler
Heavy-duty telehandlers weigh 33,000lbs on average so this equipment must be operated with care to avoid accidents. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when operating a telehandler.

Suspend Loads from the Bottom Hook
By using the bottom hook of your telehandler, you’ll be distributing the weight of the load equally and allow for safer lifting and transport.

Ensure Stability
When moving something with your telehandler, ensure the load is securely connected to prevent a weight shift during transport.

Smooth Transit
Drive slowly with your load and avoid jolts as this can throw off the weight distribution of the vehicle and damage both your load and the telehandler.

Set Your Load Down Safely
Don’t set anything down while it’s swinging or this could damage the contents of your load, wait until it’s hanging motionless before it touches the ground.

Check Equipment Regularly
Because it’s such a complex piece of equipment and the strain it takes when moving heavy loads, it’s important to check your telehandler regularly to ensure it’s working at optimal capacity. Checking oil levels, hydraulics, and tire pressure every day and regular servicing by a mechanic is a must.

Key Takeaways:

  • • Telehandlers can be used in hard-to-reach places and on rough terrain.
  • • If you choose to hoist a load, be sure to suspend it from the bottom hook of the device.
  • • When placing the goods down, make sure it is hanging completely motionless first.

“Furthermore, for safety reasons, it’s obligatory to have the hoisting equipment checked on a regular basis.”
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