Thorough Examinations during third lockdown

13 January 2021

CFTS is reminding owners to arrange inspections before truck reports expire.

As the body behind the national standard of Thorough Examinations, CFTS is urging those who own and use work equipment to book upcoming inspections as detailed in their existing maintenance schedules.

When the pandemic first began, the FLTA and BITA released a statement in consultation with the HSE confirming that Thorough Examinations continue to be a legal requirement. This is in line with LOLER and PUWER regulations. The statement still applies during the third lockdown.

CFTS Chairman Geoff Martin explained: “Thorough Examinations ensure that equipment is safe to use. Without a Thorough Examination, there is a possibility of faults going undetected, which could lead to a breakdown or even an accident. No business should ever take that risk

“If the Thorough Examination report for your equipment is due to expire soon, be sure to book now and renew it.

“Our CFTS-accredited Thorough Examination providers are available and can make site visits to inspect equipment, even during lockdown. The engineers will follow COVID-secure procedures, but they must be allowed access to sites in order to perform the necessary checks.”

CFTS has a network of over 450 members operating from over 650 locations nationwide. Details of how to find a local examiner can be found on the CFTS website, along with the full statement on the continued importance of equipment inspections.

“In many places, MHE is keeping businesses operational,” said Geoff Martin. “The FLTA and BITA have therefore been clear on the stance regarding owners’ responsibilities when it comes to Thorough Examinations during the pandemic. For equipment to be deemed safe it must receive regular inspections, maintenance and repairs.”

As well as providing Thorough Examinations during this time, CFTS is also continuing to offer training services for members.

“Engineers must be trained to the highest standards in order to provide CFTS Thorough Examinations,” added Geoff Martin. “We will be providing COVID-secure courses to ensure that engineers have access to the skills and knowledge they need to serve key industries during this crucial time.”