Telehandler Safety Handbook

This safety resource has been developed by the Victorian Farmers Federation, in conjunction with the Telescopic Handler Association (TSHA), to increase awareness for farmers of the machinery’s operation and how to prevent accidents while in use.

A telehandler or Telescopic Handler is a versatile machine for agricultural work, but its advantages can pose serious risks if it’s not used correctly.

Telehandlers typically have a side-mounted cab, with the boom mounted to the right of the cabin. The operator’s view from the cab may be obstructed by the boom, cab pillars and other parts of the structure and visibility can also be restricted when reversing or lifting large loads.

If not operated correctly, the telehandler can tip over or contact power lines, and loads can slip off and attachments can come loose, all causing injuries and fatalities. Unfortunately, these incidents have been increasing and promoting safe practices are a priority.

This guidance will assist farmers in highlighting a range of considerations that combined serve to improve the ‘state of knowledge’ on Telehandler
safety for the industry.