4 January 2016

Interactive guides aid examination compliance

A series of new interactive online guides from CFTS explain the importance of comprehensive Through Examination – not just for counterbalance forklifts, but telehandlers, rough terrain, man-up, and reach trucks too.

Available here, these straightforward guides clearly illustrate – at a glance – which components truck users must have checked in order to fulfil their obligations under both LOLER '98 and PUWER '98.

Thorough examination of industrial lift trucks is required under health and safety law. As the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says: "LOLER 1998 covers lifting equipment, and PUWER 1998 deals with all other safety-related items, such as brakes, steering and tyres. Your regular inspections as part of a preventive maintenance scheme or scheduled service are not a thorough examination."

There is still considerable confusion surrounding the Thorough Examination of different types of lift truck. The new interactive guides make it very clear what must be checked under both LOLER and PUWER regulations, illustrating why comprehensive thorough examination – incorporating both sets of checks – is so important.

CFTS Chairman Mike Mathias said: "Initially, we printed vehicle-specific, laminated leaflets to help CFTS-accredited companies explain Thorough Examination to their customers.

"These proved to be incredibly popular – with many customers asking to keep them for reference – so we decided to make this important information freely and easily accessible to all, online.

"There’s a common misconception that the legally-required inspection is covered by regular servicing. Still more are unsure of how often it’s required and what items should be covered.

"Working with intrinsically hazardous equipment, it’s vital that users of lift trucks, of all types, understand the importance of comprehensive inspections and are aware of what needs to be checked.

"These new online guides should leave people in no doubt."

With more than 400 accredited UK companies, CFTS Thorough Examinations are available throughout the whole country. To find a local CFTS-accredited company, type your postcode into our online search facility, or you can find and explore the interactive guides yourself here.