Safety and Training

Safety is freedom from physical injury and property damage. Creating a safe materials handling environment requires a team effort.

Engineering for Safety

Experience helps create more meaningful features…


Yale Materials Handling has a long history of providing materials handling equipment for a variety of applications. The ability to design for improved safety comes from our experience in the material handling industry and new technology that is available. New technologies are incorporated into every Yale® model and then proven through functional and durability testing, reliability development and controlled field tests.

Both productivity and safety are enhanced when improved ergonomic designs help the operator reduce fatigue as well as heavy repetitive motions.  Some of our innovations and technology, designed as standard features to improve safety, include the following:

Operator Compartment Ergonomics and Controls

  • Adjustable operator compartment and controls - put the necessary controls in close proximity to the operator. 
  • Operator presence system - prevents operation of the hydraulic system if the operator is not in the correct operating position and disables directional travel on ICE trucks. 
  • Swing-out LPG tank bracket - drop-down design brings the LPG tank out from the protected center of the truck and down to the operator’s natural handling position making it easier to change. 
  • Operator steps -reduces the step height when entering the operator compartment. Steps have a high grip surface and are self-cleaning to avoid an operators foot slipping. 
  • Anti-cinch seat belt – the seat belt helps retain the operator in the seat in the unlikely event of a tip over. 
  • Parking brake warning – this reminds the operator to set the parking brake when leaving the operator’s seat. 
  • Direction switch indicator – visually identifies the truck’s travel direction as determined by the shift lever 
  • Overhead guard – the design of the overhead guards on Yale® lift trucks meets or exceeds the requirements set forth by international standards. 
  • Seat side power disconnect – on electric trucks, this allows the operator to disconnect the power to the unit in the event of an emergency situation. 

Technical and mechanical Features

  • Mast cylinder velocity fuses - prevent a raised mast from free-falling down in the event of a hoist hose rupture. 
  • Hydrostatic power steering – prevents steering wheel ‘kick back’ when the steer wheels come up against an immovable object. 
  • LPG lock-off valve - prevents the flow of LPG into the truck when the truck is turned off. 
    Freelift and main hoist chains – ratings of chain or combinations of chains exceed working loads at rated capacity. 
  • Catalytic converter – prevents engine exhaust sparks from exiting the truck on LPG and Gasoline equipped units. 
  • Inboard mounted LPG tanks - help protect the tank from being knocked off or damaged due to an impact. 
  • Tilt cylinders – are mounted under the floor panels to avoid an operator trip hazard as well as to prevent oil from contacting the operator in the event of a hose rupture.

To find out more, please use our Dealer Locator to find your nearest Yale® Dealer.

The information provided here is general and is not meant to change any requirements under locally applicable legislation or Health and Safety directives.



Driver-Assist-Image1.jpgAs demand grows in a materials handling operation and loads become more varied, the risk of damage to trucks, loads and infrastructure can increase, resulting in extra costs, additional maintenance and more downtime. Solutions from Yale Brazil can help tough applications overcome these challenges and by providing assistance to drivers and pedestrians:

  • Object Detection System – An aid to the operator to alert them of potential hazards located in sensing zone, whether an object or a person
  • Roof Detection System – Allows the speed of the truck to be limited when entering a building
  • Load Overload System – Uses an array of sensors to measure both the mass and centre of a load and display the truck stability
  • Pedestrian Awareness Lights – Front and rear LED direction-activated spotlights may help alert pedestrians that the truck is travelling in a specific direction whilst LED zoning lights indicate to pedestrians the required distance that should be kept from the truck when in motion
  • Seatbelt and Doors Interlock – The engine will not start unless the operator is on the seat and closes the seat belt or without the cab doors being closed
  • Yale Vision – Wireless monitoring records hour meter utilisation, impact events, periodic maintenance tracking, and diagnostic trouble shooting code events
  • Other features include – Front and top roller blinds, WuBump Bumpers, Air Suspension Seat and batter disconnect switch and more.


Using special features may be right for certain applications

Hyster makes available a wide range of accessories that may be used in a specific application and work environment.

  • Optional audible or visible warning devices
  • Work and headlights to meet a variety of application needs including LED and halogen lighting designed to resist damaging effects of weather, shock and vibration while increasing visibility in low ambient light environments.
  • Visible Devices – Flashing, Rotating, and Strobe Lights
  • Audible Devices – Back-up or Motion Alarms
  • Rear Drive Handle with Horn button – Provides a secure location for the operator’s right hand when driving in reverse that is inboard of the truck for impact protection. Handle includes a horn button to allow the operator to sound the horn without having to move a hand to the center of the steering wheel.
  • Reverse Operation Audible Alarm – May alert pedestrians and other equipment operators of the presence of the unit
  • Rear Doors - On reach and stand drive trucks to protect the operator from protruding objects.

Additional Operator & Application Options

  • Enclosed Operator Cabs – Protects the operator from the elements, features tempered glass with greater strength, includes emergency exit via window removal, and additional sound-proofing to reduce noise levels at the operator’s ear.
  • Operator Selectable Performance Modes – Allows operator to select the performance need for the specific application.  Also allows a supervisor to reduce the maximum performance of a unit, allowing a new operator to learn the operating characteristics of the lift truck in a controlled manner.
  • Impact Monitor – Disables unit and requires a supervisor override to re-enable unit. This encourages the operator to operate the unit in a more controlled manner.
    Panoramic and Dual Rear View Mirrors – Serves as an aid to the operator in observing the operating environment behind the truck just prior to a direction change as well as the tail swing area in a forward travel turn.
  • Auto Park Brake – Park brake is automatically applied when the truck comes to a stop and no accelerator input is requested.  This feature prevents unrepentant rolling in the event the operator fails to apply the brake.

Contact your local Hyster Dealer for more information on optional accessories tailored for specific applications.

The information provided here is general and is not meant to change any requirements under locally applicable legislation or Health and Safety directives.