Safety Managers often ask us if their operators need a license to operate our electric tug machines.
It’s a valid question considering the wealth of legislation covering various factory tools and material handling equipment.
HSE and Plant Managers familiar with common factory regulations such as LOLER are also often unsure if electric tow tugs fall under this and if, in turn, operators need a license to use a tow tug.
Electric tow tugs are a type of material handling equipment specifically designed to move heavy-wheeled loads. Their operation ensures loads stay safely on the ground, meaning electric tugs are not classified as lifting equipment under LOLER regulations.