Forklift Thorough Examination
It’s easy to get caught up with every day working life and how quick paced it is, however, safety should always be at the top of the list especially when it comes to Forklift Truck maintenance.
Forklift users should be familiar with a ‘Thorough Examination’. This term is used to describe the mandatory and essential check that a Forklift Truck should go through to ensure that it is in safe, working order; think of it as a Forklift MOT.
It’s important not to get this confused with regular maintenance checks, which should also be done on a regular basis, but this is a requirement by law. This Thorough Examination means that you’ll be covered by two different sets of Health and Safety regulations LOLER98 and PUWER 98.
LOLER 98 is the regulation that cover the upkeep of the lifting parts of a Forklift Truck, and PUWER 98 covers areas such as braking and steering.
Unless the forklift truck is on hire for less than a 12-month period from a leasing company then it is the responsibility of the owner (or the company/individual leasing, should it be on more than 12-month lease) to ensure that the thorough examination is carried out. The Report of Thorough Examination should be kept with a Forklift’s paperwork.
The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) along with Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) and HAS, came together to form the CFTS. The CFTS aims to deliver the quality controlled process of Thorough Examination and currently there are 450 companies nationwide that are qualified to carry out the Thorough Examination (look for companies displaying the distinctive Kite Mark).
Covering a wide range of Trucks including counterbalance, reach, rough terrain and many more the 34 point Thorough Examination is an essential part of Forklift Maintenance. So, now you’re fully up to speed with this legal requirement, we can now assist you with your Forklift Training needs.
If you’re looking for Health and Safety approved Forklift Training, then Forklift Agency can help. We have experienced and approved instructors nationwide that are available to provide both novice and refresher training to employers and individuals. We don’t charge travelling expenses and we are happy to provide the training at a time and place to suit you. Why not get in touch today and find out more? Give us a call on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
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