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There has been considerable confusion in the marketplace as to whether low-lift equipment such as a hand pallet truck – which only raises the load sufficiently clear of the floor to enable horizontal movement – is subject to LOLER examination. BITA guidance has always been that this equipment is not carrying out a lifting operation, and is not, therefore, subject to LOLER.
The HSE confirms this view and has recently updated its Approved Code of Practice to clarify that LOLER applies to “high-lift pallet trucks, both manual and powered, that have the ability to raise the forks above 300mm”. The approved code of practice can be downloaded free of charge from https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l113.htm
Use of mobile phones on Fork lift trucks
The HSE publication: Use Lift Trucks Safely (INDG457) clearly states:
NEVER use mobile phones or other hand-held devices while operating or travelling a lift truck.
Further information is available in the following publications which are readily available from HSE Books. You can also contact HSE Books on 01787 881165.
Title: Use Lift Trucks Safely
HSE Code: INDG457
Issue year: 201