Stricter guidelines on tail-lift delivery pallet weights could be on the horizon, following reports that the HSE has completed a series of additional tests to establish the maximum safe weight.

According to a new story in Motor Transport, the additional tests, which looked at push and pull forces, were ordered by HSE in August this year after previous results were found to be inaccurate because of faulty measuring equipment.

A spokesperson for the HSE commented:  “In March, HSE undertook some indicative testing of push/pull forces required in manually manoeuvring pallets on vehicle beds and tail lifts.  The results indicated significant forces may be required to move pallets of various weights and that further detailed testing was needed.  This testing has now been completed and we are awaiting the finalised validated results.”

The validated results will be sent to the pallet working group, chaired by RHA technical adviser Ray Engley.  Malcolm Dodds, the RHA’s Northern Area Manager, told Motor Transport:  “HSE must be happy the data is correct this time, so we will look to reconvene the working group and look at what guidance needs to be issued.”