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NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #26

Like C5 and C6, C7 is also about machinery and equipment.  But this time mobile, lifting and access equipment.

When I was working for a large chemical company in a former life, I remember being amazed at the very high reach (compared to a standard fork lift truck) of the narrow aisle reach trucks we used.  The warehouse for our raw materials and finished products was “stack ‘em high”. So the racks were packed with pallets of chemicals that looked like a menacing post-apocalyptic scene.  The standard fork lift trucks we also used had all manner of attachments, cages and what not that meant they could be adapted to lift passengers, handle barrels and, well, even pallets.

Nonetheless, their very versatility brings with it a number of issues. You can easily forget these trucks carry a good deal of momentum and can cause a good deal of damage even at low speed.  From a pedestrian perspective, I also remember how easy it was to accidentally encounter a reach truck, just because the lanes of aisles between racks formed a labyrinth of corridors giving zero visibility – literally tunnel vision in fact. Hence the importance of strict separation between pedestrians and vehicles with barriers, designated walkways – all set out in a delightful yellow colour.

On the positive side, mobile work equipment is always a delight, because, it is just such good kit – not only fun to drive but practically useful too.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to swap their daily drive for a MEWP, cherry picker, reach truck or telescopic handler.  They are easy to park on the lawn and if you lock yourself out accidentally, you can probably get through an open upstairs window (if you have the passenger adapted cage for your reach truck).