Is your forklift up to the mark?

BJB Lift Trucks have successfully retained their accreditation to carry out Thorough Examinations on forklift trucks. To achieve this, BJB Lift Trucks have to abide by a strict Code of Practice as laid down by Consolidated Fork Truck Services and complete an annual registration.

Experience has shown us that many forklift owners and operators do not understand what a Thorough Examination is or that it is a legal requirement and has been since 1998.

What is a Thorough Examination?
Think of a Thorough Examination as an MOT test for a forklift truck. However, unlike an MOT test, a Thorough Examination is more thorough and more frequent. As soon as a forklift truck is a year old, it must be tested and hold a Report of Thorough Examination. Depending on how much use the forklift gets, this inspection may need to be carried out annually, bi-annually or even quarterly.

The legal requirement still applies even if the forklift is hired or bought second hand and operators should be aware of the following:-

    If you have a forklift on long-term hire it is the responsibility of the operating company, not the suppliers, to ensure the machine has a current Report of Thorough Examination.
    If you have a forklift on short-term hire then it is the responsibility of the operating company AND the supplier.
    If you have bought your forklift second hand then YOU, the buyer, is responsible for checking the truck has a current Report of Thorough Examination before you use it.

I don’t have a forklift, does it affect me?
A Thorough Examination applies to all forms of the following equipment:-

    Counterbalance Forklift Trucks
    Warehouse equipment, i.e. Reach Trucks, Pallet Trucks, Stackers, Order Pickers, etc.
    Telescopic Lift Trucks
    Rough Terrain Machines, including masted and telescopic

Is a Thorough Examination part of normal maintenance?
No, a Thorough Examination is not part of a normal maintenance or service inspection, in the same manner a car’s MOT is not part of it’s service.

A Thorough Examination is carried out in accordance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). In fact many people often refer to the examination as a “LOLER test”. Only companies with the CFTS accreditation mark, like BJB Lift Trucks, are able to carry out Thorough Examinations. If you are unsure what your service engineer is doing, ask questions and ask to see a copy of the inspection report.

Remember, if you fail to have your forklift equipment tested and do not hold Thorough Examination certificates, you are breaking the law and leaving you and your company vulnerable to potential prosecution and invalid insurance cover.

To find out more about how you stay safe and stay legal, talk to our Service team on 08701 258907