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Fork Truck Thorough Examination – Forklift Safety

A valid report of thorough examination is a legal obligation and failure to comply may impact heavily on forklift truck safety. This obligation applies whether you own hire or lease the forklift truck and failure to comply may have serious legal implications as well as invalidating insurance and putting lives at risk.

Fork truck Thorough Examination is required under Health and Safety Legislation; LOLER 98, which covers lifting regulations, Inspections under PUWER 98, cover all other safety-related items, such as brakes, steering and tyres.

At B&K Forklift Trucks Ltd we believe forklift safety is of the upmost importance, therefore all forklifts leaving our premises whether they be hired, leased or sold carry a Thorough Examination report.

Please note: Routine maintenance or repair does not constitute Thorough Examination.

As BITA’s Guidance Note GN28, “Thorough Examination and Safety Inspections of Industrial Lift Trucks”, explains, competent persons carrying out thorough examination and safety inspections should meet the requirements of BS EN ISO 17020:2004.

Currently Consolidated Fork Truck Services Ltd (CFTS) administers the national accreditation scheme for Thorough Examination.

B&K Forklift Trucks Ltd – CFTS Accredited Company No: 267 – can ensure peace of mind, full legal compliance and contribute to forklift truck safety with the Thorough Examination scheme and will provide.

  • a Report of Thorough Examination complying fully with LOLER 98
  • a checklist specifying what has been checked and recording any comments made
  • a certificate to keep with the truck’s documents
  • a sticker, affixed to the truck, to show the month and year when the next Thorough Examination will be due.