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The legislative information contained on this web site is my interpretation of the law based on many years in the health and safety business. A definitive interpretation can only be given by the courts. I will therefore not be held responsible for any accident/incident/prosecution arising as a consequence of anyone using any information obtained from this web site.

Recommended procedure in case of truck overturn

truck overturn proceedureIn the event of a forklift truck overturning, under no circumstances should the operator try to jump off the machine. Instead the best advice is to grab something firmly such as the steering wheel and also try to brace feet in the foot well of the operator's compartment. In addition the operator should attempt to lean away from the direction in which the truck is tipping. On this one I speak from personal experience as I tipped a truck over back in the 70s. Not pleasant!

In December 2002, because of the LOLA and PUWER statutes, it became mandatory for all counterbalanced forklift trucks to be fitted with seatbelts and for operators to wear them at all times. Exceptions are made where a risk assessment shows that, in certain circumstances, the truck would be unlikely to fall over. Details of that risk assessment can be found here.

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