High Capacity Telehandler- Hazards Classification System

high capacity telehandler needs no instruction in terms of its efficiency of lifting and placing loads on a construction site. Moreover, the attachments, when fixed, make it a multi-purpose machine. You can notice a telehandler on a construction site operated by experts that lift heavy loads. However, operating such a giant machine needs immense training and experience. On the other end, daily inspection and maintenance of the telehandler are mandatory to avoid any onsite accidents. Any difference in its functionality or any impairment must be directly informed to the supervisors/managers/site supervisors and stop the load lifting work immediately. It can cause hazards.

However, there are many reasons for any hazard or unpredicted accident on a construction site. It might be due to mishandling of any equipment or a fall accident (if protocols are not followed). The site supervisor has to make the workers, employees, and pedestrians inform about any caution or danger on the site. It keeps them alert and they refrain to practice any step that can cause harm. To alert the pedestrians and onsite workers, the management places certain yellow boards printed with instructions like caution, danger, or warning. As a layperson, we might take their meaning same but they have different meanings.


Let us find out what these terms mean:
In general, there are three major terms used in most construction sites. They are:


Other boards that can be seen are “Do Not Cross” or “Precaution”. We take them as similar, but their meaning is different.

If you see a yellow board with text written as “CAUTION”, it indicates:

A potentially hazardous situation that, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury. There is no loss of life or any such major incident. The minor injury can be easily controlled

If you see a yellow board with the text written as “DANGER”, it indicates:

An imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.

If you see a yellow board with the text written as “WARNING”, it indicates:

A potentially hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury These three terms should be followed strictly on any construction site. The engineers/supervisors on the site have to be alert and instantly place the board whenever required. Moreover, it should be specially applied to the area occupied by an active high capacity telehandler. It keeps you safe and secure.