A telehandler is an industrial vehicle used in construction that can raise and lower itself to different heights. It is also able to rotate its load horizontally or vertically on a horizontal axis, which allows it to carry out tasks such as picking up steel frames and other building materials without needing any assistance from another vehicle.
Before the adoption of truck-mounted mobile LED units, telehandlers were the only way to quickly lift jumbotrons high into the air.
One of the more common types of accidents is when a telehandler falls over, or tips over due to improper weight calculations or the shifting of weight due to a weather event like high winds. In these cases, there are often significant injuries to those who have been operating the equipment or to people nearby. This type of accident can be devastating to an event producer who may not have adequate insurance coverage for such an incident. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize your risk.
1) Stay within manufacturer specifications for setup, including weight distribution. Without proper documentation and adherence to manufacturers' specifications, any claims may be denied by your insurer.
2) Establish a high wind action plan and professional weather monitoring. A company like True Weather Solutions will provide real-time analysis of the conditions at all times. This is important when handling loads with LED video panels that might shift their weight in strong winds.
3) Ensure operators have extensive training on how to handle these machines. Operators are required by ESTA and OSHA regulations to stay in the machine with it running at all times while handling a load.
4) Inform all employees on-site about your company's safety policy, high wind action plan, and how to report unsafe conditions.
Finally, consider renting a mobile LED truck or trailer. These vehicles are pre-assembled and come with structural support specifically designed to handle shifting wind loads.