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By : 
James Hoogervorst

In the construction industry, a person doesn't have to look very far to see innovative uses for traditional machines. What was once a novelty, telescopic handlers have become a common fixture on jobsites; and today, contractors envision broader applications for these machines. By looking back at trends impacting telehandlers, we can begin to speculate on the future of telehandlers in construction.

The past

By : 
Rick Raef

Regardless of the mobile equipment being operated, all too often operators fail to wear the seatbelts provided in the cabs of their telehandlers, cranes, and other equipment. Even among those who do a good job of making seat belt usage a wear-it-or-work-someplace-else issue, there is still that occasional buckle that can be seen dangling and reflecting in the sunlight.

By : 
Benjamin W. Mangan

According to OSHA, 70 percent of workplace accidents can be avoided with proper training and safety procedures. NIOSH states that the three most common types of injuries occur when: A forklift overturns; workers are struck, crushed, or pinned by a forklift; and workers fall from a forklift. With proper education and guidance from employers, the following accidents could have been prevented.

At the time of video production, the VR-1056C telescopic handler was the largest product in Ingersoll Rand's VR telehandler line-up and was built at the company's plant in Shippensburg, Pa.

Following this demonstration at the Lift and Access Equipment Showcase in 2006, the product line was purchased by Volvo CE and later sold to Skyjack, which has rebranded the VR Series under its own name.