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Job Role - Telehandler

Telehandlers, also known as telescopic handlers, are specialized pieces of heavy equipment used for a variety of tasks, including moving and placing materials, digging, and grading. Telehandler operators are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of this equipment, as well as for performing routine maintenance and inspections to ensure that the equipment is in good working condition.

What is a Telehandler?

A Telehandler is a type of heavy equipment that is used for a variety of tasks, such as moving and placing materials, digging, and grading. It is equipped with a telescoping boom that can extend and retract to reach high places, making it a versatile piece of equipment that can be used in a variety of settings, including construction sites, warehouses, and industrial facilities.

Who does a Telehandler operator work with?

Telehandler operators typically work with other members of the construction or warehouse team, such as builders, supervisors, and other equipment operators. They may also interact with clients or customers to discuss the scope of the project and to ensure that their needs and expectations are being met.

What does a Telehandler Operator do?

A telehandler operator is responsible for operating a specialized type of Forklift called a telehandler, which is designed to lift and move heavy loads over long distances and to heights that are not easily accessible by conventional Forklifts. The telehandler operator works on construction sites, warehouses, and other industrial settings where heavy loads need to be lifted and transported.

The telehandler is a versatile piece of equipment that can be fitted with various attachments, such as forks, buckets, or platforms, depending on the specific task. The operator is responsible for selecting and attaching the appropriate equipment, based on the load to be lifted and the working conditions. They must also perform routine maintenance checks on the telehandler to ensure it is in safe and optimal working condition.

So, What does a Telehandler do daily?

A Telehandler's main role may include:

  • Loading and unloading materials
  • Following safety procedures and regulations
  • Operating the telehandler to move and place materials

In a Telehandler job description, it will discuss the role and any further requirements to get the job, see below.

Telehandler Job Description

An example of a job description for a Telehandler.

Job Role:

  • Operating the telehandler to move and place materials
  • Conducting pre-operation checks to ensure that the telehandler is in good working condition and that all safety devices are functional
  • Using hand signals or radio communication to coordinate with other workers on site to ensure the safe movement of loads
  • Loading and unloading materials from trucks or other vehicles
  • Positioning the telehandler in the correct location to lift and move materials safely and efficiently
  • Carrying out routine maintenance and inspections on the telehandler
  • Following safety procedures and regulations


  • CPCS or NPORS Telehandler Ticket for most telehandler positions in the UK
  • On-the-job training may be provided, but some employers may prefer candidates with experience in operating heavy equipment or a related field.
  • A valid driver's license may be required.
  • A certification or license to operate heavy equipment may be required by some employers.

Avg Salary:


Low: £32,760

High: £40,560

To be a successful Telehandler operator, you should have good attention to detail, be able to work independently, and have good problem-solving skills. You should also have knowledge of operating heavy equipment, as well as experience with tools and equipment used in the trade. Additionally, it's important to be familiar with industry-specific regulations and safety guidelines.

Telehandler operators are an important part of any construction or warehouse team, and play a vital role in the safe and efficient operation of the telehandler. If you have the necessary skills and are interested in a career in operating heavy equipment, this can be a rewarding and challenging profession.

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