Following HSE’s conclusion of a fatal accident investigation, the trade association for the lorry loader industry ALLMI has issued a safety alert relating to swing-up stabiliser legs.

ALLMI’s technical manager, Keith Silvester, said, “We would strongly encourage industry stakeholders to contact ALLMI for a copy of the Safety Alert.

“It contains important advice for those using swing-up stabilisers, as well as a section covering the ‘Immediate Actions Required’ by all parties, whether involvement with lorry loaders relates to installation, service / repair, training, the running of vehicles or sites, or overseeing lifting operations.”

Silvester added, “The Safety Alert was produced quickly to inform the lorry loader industry as soon as possible, but we will be further researching and discussing this topic with ALLMI’s Technical Standards Committee, after which additional guidance will be provided where applicable.”

Click here for a copy of this Safety Alert

Swing-up stabilisers are fitted to lorry loaders predominantly to negate the need for widescale relocation of chassis furniture during installation, and have become increasingly common in the last 15 years. Operation can be manual or hydraulic, and is either via levers at the crane base or remote control, dependent upon specification.

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