Tail lift safety advice and guidance has been issued by the Road Haulage Association (RHA). 

The document, titled ‘Tail Lift and Pallet Truck Guidance Document’ is released today. 

Its aim is to help operators reduce the risk of death and serious injury when delivering goods on pallets using vehicles with tail lifts.

Specifically, the guidance sets out industry best practice for the operation of the lifts. 

In addition, it supports businesses who are looking to review their health and safety processes.

The document also helps establish safe systems of work, risk assessments, staff training and support. 

Furthermore, it covers incident reporting, equipment maintenance and also reminds employers of their responsibilities.

The tail lift safety guidance has been created by the RHA, Association of Pallet Networks, haulage and logistics operators and transport law experts Backhouse Jones.

Technical support was provided by Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

“This guidance offers operators who move palletised goods essential advice to keep their staff and others as safe as possible,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett.

“I cannot thank our partners and HSE technicians enough for helping us pull this document together. It should make our working environments safer.”

Meanwhile, HSE’s head of transport and public services Unit, Harvey Wild, praised the efforts of the team responsible.

“We believe this guidance is an important step for the industry in improving the safety of tail lift deliveries. 

“We have agreed to provide an endorsement of the guidance that recognises the value of the advice it provides.”