The Health and Safety Executive has launched a campaign to warn the industry about the dangers of mobile plant following a spate of fatal accidents over the past two years.
The HSE is working with manufacturers, suppliers and The British Industrial Truck Association on ways to improve design visibility for telehandlers.
Experts are also working on how to prevent workers injuring themselves by accidentally hitting controls when working with mini excavators and mobile elevating working platforms.
HSE head of operations Yorkshire and north east Geoff Cox said: 'There are common features to a number of fatal accidents. If you use these types of plant, you need to know what the risks may be and how to check whether you might have a problem yourselves'.
The organisation is recommending that any users of machinery in doubt of safety measures should contact the supplier or manufacturer concerned.
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