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A Straddle Carrier otherwise known as a Straddle Truck is a heavy load transportation vehicle. Unlike conventional trucks, the Straddle Carrier transports the load underneath itself by driving into position, grasping and picking it up then carrying it to the new destination point.

Straddle Carriers are used in a variety of different industry sectors, such as the manufacturing, lumber, shipping ports and construction industry.

The reason Straddle Carriers are still very popular is due to their ability to load or offload a semi-trailer in a single operation, which improves efficiency even though they travel at relatively slow speeds (15-20mph) when carrying a load.

These huge pieces of workplace equipment fall under both The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). These regulation imposes specific legal duties on companies to provide, inspect, maintain and operate safe work equipment.

Around a quarter of all lifting equipment incidents involve a dropped load, an estimated 60% of which could be attributed to poor maintenance and 15% to the failure of wire ropes/cables.

Assuming the risk of deterioration is an ongoing inevitability, the importance of daily / weekly checks to identify any day-to-day Straddle Carrier damage, faults or failure cannot be underestimated. It would be madness to rely purely on a 12 month LOLER inspection.

Ensuring that lifting equipment is fit for purpose is a vital element of any programme aiming to achieve high standards of health and safety. Now that you have a choice of our Paper Checklists or a Digital Inspection using our TakeAIM app there is no excuse.

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