The Health and Safety Authority has published an information sheet, which provides basic information and highlights legal responsibilities in the use, maintenance and examination of vehicle tailboard goods lifts (tail lifts).
The information sheet is aimed at employers, the self-employed and employees who work with tail lifts, which are used for operations involving deliveries and collections of goods and materials.
The HSA defines a tail lift as a mechanically operated platform mounted on a vehicle for the purpose of loading and unloading that vehicle, by raising or lowering loads between the level of the body of the vehicle and the ground. Loads are commonly placed on pallets to facilitate them being moved by using a pallet truck. There is a variety of basic designs, including column, cantilever, slider, and tuck-away.
Designers and manufacturers must make sure that tail lifts are designed and constructed safely and that relevant information is provided to customers. Importers and suppliers of tail lifts should check that equipment they are putting on the market has CE certification and marking
The information sheet can be downloaded here: