If you own or operate a truck, you are required by law to ensure that it holds a valid report of Thorough Examination. This also applies to trucks on hire!
If you fail to comply with this legislation you could invalidate your insurance and you are putting yourself at risk of prosecution, or even a serious accident that could occur due to faulty equipment.
A Thorough Examination is a detailed inspection of all the safety related parts of a forklift truck. It's a similar concept to taking your car for an MOT, but in many ways more complex. As well as the brakes, steering, tyres, etc being checked under PUWER 98, all of the lifting components, hydraulics, chains, forks, etc are inspected in accordance with LOLER 98.
The regulations apply to forklift trucks that are one year old, and then from that point onwards a Thorough Examination will be required at least once every 12 months (6 months if the operator is raised off the floor). Just like an MOT for a car a Thorough Examination is not part of the maintenance process and must be carried out and reported on separately.
The employers of the operator of the forklift truck are responsible for ensuring that Thorough Examinations are carried out on time and all records MUST be kept.
It is extremely important that you ensure a fully accredited company carries out the examination. By using someone without accreditation you are leaving yourself open to the risk of legal problems, inaccurate advice, superficial examinations that do not comply with HSE requirements and dangerous trucks resulting in serious accidents.
Give our Service Team a call now - 01392 464656 or 01752 553344
An examination is only £100 + VAT (discounts for more than one unit per site are available).