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Updated by Steve Porter on Feb 19, 2014
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5 Things You Should Do When Using Heavy Lifting Equipment

Without telehandlers we wouldnt be able to achieve the buildings we see today, but using these types of machinery can be a very tricky job and it needs to be done right so nothing can go wrong!

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Starting Point

Starting Point

Firstly, the machine or telehandler carrying out the lift should be suitably strong for the job. It should also be on a stable surface, so as to maintain safety for the operator. The load which is being lifted should also be appropriate and not exceed the limits of the telehandler.

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Safety Comes First

Safety Comes First

A great sense of safety throughout the lift needs to be considered. The way that the telehandler is located in relation to other people, vehicles or buildings should be taken into account, in case of any accidents occurring.

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Markings and Signs on Equipment

Markings and Signs on Equipment

Within the lifting vicinity, there should be plenty of signs and markings to warn others of the operation. Other accessories during the lift should have a mark on them too. These are designed to serve as an instruction as to the safety of the area.

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Plan Your Task

Plan Your Task

You must have made sure that the lifting operation has been well thought through and planned. This should involve trained experts in heavy lifts, who have experience in this field. Given the potential for risk and injury, it is never a safe option to go it alone if you don’t have the right amount of experience. Always contact a professional for a safe and thorough job.

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Last But Not Least

Last But Not Least

This would include having the lifting equipment examined first, so that they fully meet regulations. Safety is number one when it comes to heavy lifting, so as to reduce the element of risk to an absolute minimum. There may be faulty attachments, loose connections, moving parts or a thousand other possible reasons for injury.