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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.
Do you need one?
If you own or use a Forklift, yes. Aside from being required by law, you could be subject to civil claims for anyone injured through the use of an FLT, and you could also be fined by the HSE.
Above all, the forklift thorough examination protects your interests and ensures the safety and ongoing service of your work equipment.
Why you need an independent FLT Thorough Examination
The requirements are for examination by a “competent person”. Section 295 of the LOLER regulations states:
“It is essential that the competent person is sufficiently independent and impartial to allow objective decisions to be made.”
Some larger organisations may have the necessary competence within their own staff, but where “in-house” examiners are used, they must have genuine authority and independence to ensure that examinations are properly carried out and that the necessary recommendations are implemented.
How can ISI help?
By using an external, independent company like ISI, you can be sure of:
- Comprehensive testing to meet LOLER and PUWER requirements
- Expert service – all of our engineers are trained to exceed the minimum requirements
- Truly independent testing –not commissioned by your Insurance company or carried out by your FLT hire company – it’s done for your benefit and to ensure that you meet your obligations under the law.
- Documentation to support the thorough examination, with any major, intermediate and minor faults clearly listed.
Please call our Forklift Thorough Examination team on 01675 481779 for advice and information or contact us to arrange an inspection.
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