A telescopic handler, also known as a telehandler or rough terrain forklift, can be challenging to operate. As its boom and load extends farther from the operator's compartment, this type of machine can become very unstable. Extending the loaded boom also decreases the machine's lifting capacity. On top of these factors, telehandlers often work on uneven ground, which can contribute to instability. That's why it's critical that telehandler operators are trained in the safe, productive operation of these versatile machines.
- Lesson 1 introduces safety fundamentals for telehandlers, including operation, refueling, proper mounting and dismounting the machine, plus weather and environmental hazards.
- Lesson 2 contains an in-depth discussion of the telehandler's center of gravity, stability factors, set-up, operation with and without outriggers, working on uneven ground and slopes, the effects of moving different kinds of loads from place to place, working with suspended loads and machine limitations. This lesson also explains how to read capacity charts, and it shares examples of what can happen if these important guidelines are not followed precisely.
- Lesson 3 discusses components of the telehandler.
- Lesson 4 helps define how to perform the all-important telehandler pre-use inspection.
- Lesson 5 contains information how to safely operate the telehandler.
- Lesson 6 helps the trainee understand proper start up and shut down procedures.