Victorian agricultural workers will receive more support to operate telehandlers safely under licensing reforms introducing a new non-slewing telehandler license as of 01 July this year.
Telehandlers are high-risk machinery requiring competency and expertise to operate safely. Currently, workers who operate a non-slewing telehandler (with a rated capacity of more than three tonnes) must hold either a CN, C2, C6, C1, or C0 mobile crane high-risk work license (HRWL).
A key focus of the HRWL is on risks associated with lifting freely suspended loads on a fixed or running hook, something a telehandler can do using a hook and jib attachment.
The new telehandler license will provide the option for specialised training in operating a telehandler with attachments such as a bucket or hay fork, commonly used in agriculture.
The new TV license offers the option to complete tailored training more suitable for those working on farms.
The new license will be available from July 1st, giving operators the choice between completing a mobile crane course or opting for the new non-slewing telehandler course.