What is a Telehandler?
A telehandler, also known as a telescopic handler or forklift truck, is an industrial machine used to lift and move materials in the building and construction industry. It has the ability to reach heights of up to 40 feet (12 meters) with its extendable boom arm. The operator can control the movement of the load from inside the cab using joysticks or levers. This makes it ideal for use in tight spaces where other machines cannot fit.
What Does a Telehandler Do?
Telehandlers are versatile pieces of equipment that can be used for many different tasks on construction sites such as lifting and moving heavy loads, placing roof trusses onto buildings, loading trucks with pallets of bricks or blocks, unloading delivery vehicles at ground level, digging trenches and even operating attachments like augers or buckets.
They are often seen working alongside cranes on larger projects due to their ability to quickly move materials around site without having to wait for crane setup time each time they need something moved.
Specific Skills Needed To Operate A Telehandler
Operating a telehandler requires specific skills which must be acquired through training before being allowed onsite by employers in Australia’s building and construction industry.
-Understanding how different types of terrain affect stability when carrying out manoeuvres
-Correctly setting up stabilisers
-Following safety procedures such as wearing protective clothing
-Conducting pre-start checks prior to operation
-Knowing how much weight can safely be lifted by each model type
-Understanding basic maintenance requirements including checking fluid levels regularly etc.
-Controlling speed when travelling over uneven surfaces; familiarising oneself with all controls within the cab area before starting work etc.
Why Is The Telehander Important In Building And Construction Industry In Australia?
The telehandler plays an important role in Australian building and construction sites due its versatility.
It allows operators access into areas not accessible by traditional machinery while still providing them with enough power and capacity needed for most jobs required onsite. For example, lifting large objects onto roofs/upper floors without needing multiple people involved manually doing so which would take longer than if done with a telehandler. Plus, reduce potential risk factors associated with manual labouring techniques like injury caused from incorrect handling methods etc.
Additionally, these machines offer greater mobility compared against more static alternatives meaning less downtime between operations thereby increasing productivity overall thus making them essential tools within any busy worksite environment today!