Many commercial vehicles, especially those involved in multi drop and home delivery services are fitted with Tail Lifts. There are a variety of manufacturers and types available however, all are required to be operated by trained and competent people.
There should be Safe Systems of Work recorded, risk assessments performed, a maintenance schedule and thorough examinations carried out.
These are legal requirements.
If you are an employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or you have control of the use of lifting equipment, then the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) will apply to you.
LOLER requires lifting equipment, including tail lifts, provided for use at work, to be strong and stable enough for the particular use and marked to indicate safe working loads, as well as being installed and positioned to minimise any risk.
The work should be planned, organised and performed by properly trained people. Tail lifts are subject to ongoing thorough examination by a competent person. Records should be kept.
Regulations that apply:
• Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA)
• Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR)
• Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
• Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
LS&C provides ITSSAR accredited Commercial Vehicle Tail Lift training that complies with legislation and provides you with safe and competent staff.