CFTS expands nationwide network
31 January 2022
Customer demand for accredited services drives membership surge in 2021.
Owners and users of work equipment have even greater access to Thorough Examination services following a rise in CFTS accreditations last year.
The scheme recently added dozens more locations to its ever-growing nationwide network of certified providers so users of lift trucks and agricultural equipment anywhere in the UK can easily find a local accredited examiner.
“In 2021 we welcomed 47 new Thorough Examination providers, representing a 7 percent increase in UK membership in just one year,” said CFTS Chairman Geoff Martin. “We also increased the number of providers in Ireland by 38 percent.
“Indeed, in the past year CFTS examiners conducted over 90,000 Thorough Examinations of work equipment — an 11 percent increase on 2020.”
“That huge growth in market demand is the direct result of ever more companies realising the advantages of having examinations delivered by an independently accredited provider. They appreciate the benefits they derive from the technical support delivered by CFTS in ensuring our members are fully up to date.
“They value the peace of mind that comes from using a consistent, expert service no matter where they are, as all our members work to the same high standards and must adhere to a strict code of practice.
“Our database now includes thousands of CFTS-approved Competent Persons working from over 600 depots located around the UK, providing coverage from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.”
CFTS inspections look at the entire truck in line with LOLER and PUWER regulations, to ensure that equipment is safe to use and in good working condition. Thorough Examinations are a legal obligation and must be conducted at least once every 12 months, or possibly more frequently depending on the truck type and its use.
Geoff Martin adds: “It is imperative that Thorough Examinations are only conducted by a Competent Person with the relevant, practical knowledge of the equipment. Our members must undergo regular refresher training, so by choosing CFTS, you can be sure that the examiner has the skills and understanding to inspect equipment correctly.
“In 2021 we trained hundreds of engineers through our comprehensive Thorough Examination courses, and we are expanding our plans for training even further in 2022.”