A Telehandler was "Overturned" (see photo above). Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported at site either the operator/driver of the telehandler was very lucky that he escape from the incident.
The root cause appears to have been the load swinging while the Telehandler is at motion at a very slow speed over rough ground with the boom fully extended.
Reminders: The practice of using forklifts and telehandlers as cranes "free-on-wheels" should STOP.
Unless otherwise the following criteria are met:
- A lifting plan must be in place.
- The driver and signaler or slinger must have the appropriate training.
- Traveling must be controlled by a banksman.
- The lifting attachments must be secured to the forks.
- Telescopic booms are to be retracted as far as possible.
- The load must remain as close to the ground as practicable while traveling.
Now, if the above criteria cannot be met, an alternative method of load relocation must be put in place.
" Follow the procedures of Lifting Equipment Law. Loads must be assessed prior lifting and the correct lifting machines shall be acquired as per the assessment. Lifting plan must be formulated & discussed with relevant parties. When required to drive with a load, the route shall be as short as possible and road level & boom as short & low as possible. Also, the forks shall be used as per manufacturers instructions and NO slings attached to it."