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Rider Operated Lift Trucks


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What does it say?

Regulations 1-30 of Provision and Use of Working Equipment Regulations (PUWER) apply to all working equipment including that used to lift loads.

Specifically, Regulation 7 looks at where specific risks are associated with certain kinds of work equipment (e.g. plant machinery) - in other words, where the usual measures that would be taken to protect people from risk in using equipment are either not sufficient or not appropriate in these circumstances. Employers need to identify which of their equipment falls into this category and take steps to limit its use to a selected group of people.

Regulation 8 of PUWER compliments the general requirements of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Through these, employers must make available to employees all the relevant information relating to there health and safety as well as written instructions on using the work equipment. People managing or supervising other employees also need to receive information and instructions.

Following on from reg 8, Regulation 9 - Training. (1) "Every employer shall ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for the purpose of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which sure use may entail and precautions to be taken"

The regulation does not lay down exactly what 'adequate training' consists of. However, employers must evaluate the training needs necessary to ensure that various levels of competence for safety, and statements of competence have been developed.



What does it say?


The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) aim to make working life safer for everyone using and coming into contact with lifting equipment: employers and employees, contractors and others. Some parts of LOLER compliment PUWER.


Regulation 4 describes the requirements about the adequacy of lifting equipment to carry out lifting operations safely. It sates:

"Every employer shall ensure that -

(a) lifting equipment is of adequate strength and stability for each load, having regard in particular to the stress induced at its mounting or fixing point;

(b) every part of a load and anything attached to it and used in lifting it is of adequate strength."


How do we ensure this?...we follow Regulation 8 of LOLER.

"(1) Every employer shall ensure that every lifting operation involving lifting equipment is-

  (a) properly planned by a competent person

  (b) appropriately supervised; and

  (c) carried out in a safe manner.

(2) In this regulation "lifting operation" means an operation concerned with the lifting or lowering of a load."


LOLER Approved Code of Practice, L113 - Safe  Use Of Lifting Equipment, helps us to manage the operation



What Does it say?


BS7121 - Code of practice for the safe use of cranes is documentation that demonstrates the standards and best practice application that will aid us in complying with statutory requirements such as HASAWA '74, PUWER '98 and LOLER '98. It is known as "quasi legal"; we don't have to use it but the onus of proof will be placed onto us to show that we are meeting or exceeding what it says if we were to be summoned to court ("reasonably practical").

There are many parts to BS7121 and each part relates specifically to a type of lifting equipment and/or various environments.

BS7121 alone does not guarantee immunity from legal sanctions. It should be used in conjunction with other guidance (L113, SFPSG, CPA, GS6 etc) and legislation.

All lift plans, lifting operations and lifting training should be structured around BS7121 in the first instance and then built on to ensure robust and legal systems are in place.



Rider Operated Lift Trucks


L117 is aimed at employers and those responsible for the safe operation of lift trucks, as well as those in control of worksites, the self-employed, managers and supervisors. It includes an outline of the main legal requirements relating to lift trucks; the Approved Code of Practice text and guidance on operator training for stacking rider-operated lift trucks. It also includes the some of the guidance from HSG6 Safety in working with lift trucks, for example, information about lift truck features; guidance on the safe use of lift trucks and how to protect pedestrians; and guidance on the maintenance and thorough examination of lift trucks.

Lift Truck operations fall into scope of PUWER '98 and LOLER '98 and is covered by workplace transport safety guidance for employers.

Although L117 is not a regulation (it's an Approved Code Of Practice - ACOP), it should be used as a guide to establish the correct training needs for an industry.