Working Platforms On Forklift Trucks
The term "platform" can be misleading. It refers to equipment which allows a fork lift truck to be used to raise one or more people to a working position, so that an urgent essential task can be carried out in relative safety. The law forbids the use of pallets, skips or stillages - or any improvised device - as platforms to lift people.
Under certain exceptional circumstances a purpose-built platform may be used. This will be a specially designed item from a manufacturer of specialist attachments. It will always have sides, to contain the worker safely, and it must be provided with a number of other safety devices specified by law. However, even the safest of purpose-built platforms cannot be used legally for routine tasks, including:
A working platform can be used for the occasional "one off" emergency tasks such as:
Note that there is an HSE guidance note on the use of safety cages which can be downloaded here.
You can download the 2005 Working at height regulations from here.