What is a Fork Lift Thorough Examination?
Thorough Examination is required by law, and must take place at regular intervals, typically annually. Certain types of FLT, e.g. those with a work platform or cage for lifting people, require inspection every 6 months.
Many companies have inspections carried out by their forklift dealer or insurance company but these may not cover all of the required elements.
The LOLER regulations 1998, Reg 9, require visual and functional testing of all load bearing structures e.g. the mast, hydraulics and lifting components.
Forklifts are also subject to the PUWER regulations which cover the truck itself, e.g. the tyres, chassis, steering, safety systems and brakes.
Under ‘PUWER’ regulations and the Health and Safety at work act, every employer has a legal duty to check work place machinery regularly and make sure it’s safe. If you haven’t checked the whole truck, you can’t know it’s safe, so you’re outside the law – and you could be putting your workers at risk of serious injury.
Follow these links for more information about LOLER and PUWER