Thursday, October 19, 2006

Lift trucks - hazards

The hazards associated with lift trucks are largely the same as for other vehicles. However, they do have particular vulnerabilities including:

* Loads may not be properly secure
* They are unstable when loads are elevated
* Loads can be dropped
* They can tip over side-ways when cornering at speed
* They can tip forwards if overloaded
* Potential to hit overhead structures, cables etc with mast elevated
* Hazards associated with charging batteries (battery powered trucks)
* Moving mechanisms that can trap
* General issues with engines include hot surfaces

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