NEW LICENCE FOR PRACTICAL TELEHANDLER TRAINING

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 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.

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