Poor lift truck inspections pose risk to life warns CFTS
Lift truck operators could be at risk of accidents if vehicles are not inspected properly says CFTS (Consolidated Fork Truck Services) – the UK body behind the national standard for Thorough Examinations.
“Many within the materials handling, construction and agriculture industries will be familiar with LOLER [Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations], which legally requires lifting mechanisms to be inspected,” says CFTS chairman Geoff Martin.
“But this is only half the job. Under PUWER [Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations], you are dutybound to ensure that safety-critical parts such as brakes and steering are also in safe working order.
“Heavy-duty use leads to wear and tear on parts that could be pushed to breaking point. Letting things go unchecked may result in an accident that has life-changing effects on your staff and your business.”
The CFTS Thorough Examination standard uniquely covers all criteria under LOLER and PUWER, and includes a 34-point inspection of forklift attachments. It is also the only inspection to be governed by leading industry bodies BITA and the FLTA, as well as the HSE.
All CFTS-accredited engineers are trained to the highest standard and operate under a Quality Assurance Code.
“The law states that Thorough Examinations must be carried out by a qualified Competent Person,” adds Martin. “This is especially important when it comes to inspecting complex machinery such as telescopic handlers and rough terrain vehicles.
“Unfortunately, some inspections are carried out by individuals with only basic skills who may rush the assessment. At CFTS we believe that Thorough Examinations are not just box-ticking exercises, which is why every single one of our accredited examiners across the UK is a professional lift truck engineer with years of experience.
“Our engineers take the time to examine the condition of the truck in its entirety, giving owners complete assurance that equipment is safe to use. With a CFTS Thorough Examination, there are no half measures.”