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Telehandler Operation SWMS

Telehandler Operation SWMS

Product SKU: 10380
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  • Complies with current legislation in all States and Territories
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  • MS Word and IAT (iAuditor App) format for easy customisation/editing
  • Downloading and Customising Instructions provided
  • Assists with compliance requirements for WHS inspections
  • Review Date: 31 July 2014

The Telehandler Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive procedure outlining the safety steps for the use of a telescopic handler.

The Telehandler Work Method Statement (WMS) is ready to use and is not a blank template. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks and make it specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and to be incorporated as part of your overall WHS System.

Telescopic Handlers are commonly referred to as Telehandlers. This SWMS covers general hazards associated with operating a Telehandler.

This SWMS does not cover the use of a Telehandler for lifting people in work platforms.

Remember: The content of the SWMS should be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking. Prior to each new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk construction work and the actual site you are working at. 

Document Format
This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is provided in the following document formats 



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This SWMS includes: 

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Review
  • References

Product Details:

  • Written by ex WHS inspectors
  • Referenced
  • Risk ratings before and after control measures
  • MS Word format NOT PDF
  • Task specific and site specific details easy to add
  • Includes easy to complete boxes for Company details and project details
  • Employee sign off section
  • Review Date: 31 July 2014

Main hazards include:

  • Electric Shock
  • Being struck by moving vehicle
  • Being struck by falling object
  • Being struck, crushed or trapped by moving object
  • Loss of control - overturning
  • Hazardous manual tasks

The Telehandler Work Method Statement can be used as part of your WHS inductions, for Tool box talks or tender applications.

Related items:

Manual Handling – Hazardous Manual Tasks

Traffic Management Plan


Operation: (extract only)

Operator’s Note:

  • Adopt the correct driving direction and travelling position for negotiating a slope or gradient, i.e. when a load is carried, the load should face uphill. When no load is carried the fork arms should face downhill
  • Always avoid turning on or traversing a slope or gradient (unless the machine is specifically equipped for this manoeuvre) and always descend straight down the gentlest gradient of a slope, instead of driving diagonally across it
  • Avoid sharp turns when travelling on slopes

 Do not:

  • Mount or dismount a moving Telehandler
  • Use any operating controls as handholds when you enter or exit the operator cabin
  • Carry tools or supplies when you try to mount or dismount the Telehandler
  • Overload the Telehandler beyond the manufacturer’s recommended capacity
  • Push or drag loads with attachments
  • Operate the Telehandler in adverse weather conditions
  • Attempt to stack/de-stack a load on a slope or gradient
  • Use frame-levelling to compensate for load swing




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