Are You Following Procedures and Protocols?
Estimates show that tens of thousands of people gain injuries or worse, every year due to misuse or lack of forklift training. Which is why operating a Forklift a specialist job that requires training and authoritative approval from your employer. You need to be exercising procedures and protocols and take operating any type of forklift or heavy machinery extremely seriously. To reduce accidents, you must implement and practise regular training and regulations.
Getting a Thorough Examination?
A Thorough Examination is a bit like a car’s MOT. Both a Thorough Examination and an MOT are means of certifying that, at the time of testing, all components which have a bearing on safety have a formal inspection and assessment and are in a safe condition.
Just as a car’s MOT and 10,000 mile service are two different things, so Thorough Examination is distinctly separate from a truck’s regular maintenance programme.
It is not part of maintenance – it is an examination embedded in legislation. As a result, you don’t usually receive a Thorough Examination in a maintenance agreement, unless you specifically request it.
Is Thorough Examination A Legal Requirement, Like The MOT For Cars?
Yes. Two pieces of Health and Safety legislation require it:
- LOLER 98
- PUWER 98
What Are My Obligations?
Every truck you have in service, including hired trucks, must have a current Report of Thorough Examination. This is akin to the MOT certificate.
It must comply with Schedule 1 of LOLER 98. You must be able to produce it when required to do so by an enforcement officer.
The responsibility for obtaining this Report of Thorough Examination lies with you, the user of the truck (whether you own, lease or hire).
How Often Must You Thoroughly Examine the Forklift?
At least every 12 months. Depending on the application, the intensity of use and the nature of any attachments, the regulations may require this interval to be reduced to 6 or even 4 months.
Who Can Carry Out A Thorough Examination?
Someone designated as a Competent Person under the terms of the regulations. To be designated, the examiner must have had appropriate experience and training.
Safety Comes First
To ensure safe operation, your Forklift Trucks must have the following:
- Servicing at least twice if not more annually
- Issued with a ‘L.O.L.E.R Certificate’ annually
- Issued with a ‘Chain Test Certificate’ annually
- You need to make sure to issue a ‘Fork Test Certificate’ annually
- Lastly, un-licenced drivers are not to operate the forklift.