A forklift truck in the wrong hands can be lethal; in fact, there are tens of thousands of injuries and even deaths each year caused by forklift accidents. This is why being a forklift driver is a specialised job, requiring thorough training by your employer.
Operators need to take the same amount of care as they would do when operating heavy machinery. There are protocols and procedures that have to be adhered to; they’re there to minimise accidents.
These regulations must be implemented and practised.
Just as your car has an MOT, forklifts must have a ‘Thorough Examination’, it’s a way of certifying that at the time of testing all the parts which have an impact on safety are assessed and inspected before being deemed to be in a safe condition for use.
This examination is sperate from your forklifts regular maintenance program, and you shouldn’t consider it as part of your upkeep as it’s legislated and a legal requirement.
A Thorough Examination is mandated in two pieces of Health & Safety legislation, PUWER 98 and LOLER 98.
How often does a Thorough Examination need to be performed?
As an employer and owner the forklift, you must have a Thorough Examination performed on all trucks, including any that you hire out to third parties.
It has to comply with Schedule 1 of LOLER 98, and you have to be able to produce it when required to do so by an enforcement officer.
A Thorough Examination usually has to be carried out every 12 months, just like an MOT. This can change though depending on the trucks use; it can be lowered to 6 or even 4 months.
You must be issued with a ‘Chain Test Certificate’ a ‘Fork Test Certificate’ and a ‘L.O.L.E.R’.
MK Forklifts offers this inspection service, and we’re accredited by the CFTS to carry out ‘Thorough Examination’ inspections.