If you own or operate a forklift
truck, you are required by law to ensure that it holds a report
of Thorough Examination. This applies even to trucks
Failure to comply can leave you open to prosecution and could invalidate
your insurance… or much worse in the case of a serious accident
arising from faulty equipment.
IMPORTANT HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION
Thorough Examination of lifting
equipment. The following information applies to all users of lifting
equipment such as forklift trucks.
A Thorough Examination is a statutory
requirement for lifting equipment under the Lifting Operations and
Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 98), Regulation 9. It
has the same purpose as an MOT inspection by providing a report,
which identifies that the lifting equipment is safe to use, and/or
that needs to be followed to avoid risks in use. It is just as important
as an MOT – probably more so! There is a legal requirement
for a Thorough Examination to be carried out on
fork lift trucks at least once a year, and often more frequently
depending on conditions of use.
What does a Thorough Examination
A Thorough Examination is the inspection of lifting
equipment, as required by LOLER 98, and other safety related components
or equipment, as required by PUWER 98. A Competent Person is required
to examine these items, check them for serviceability and report
accordingly. It is not a full maintenance inspection of the truck.
A Thorough Examination is substantially different
from a maintenance inspection and the Competent Person has different
duties to fulfill under the law.
Who is responsible for making
sure that a fork lift truck has a current Report of Thorough
In simple terms it is the employer of the operator who has this
responsibility. Under Health and Safety legislation the employer
has a duty of care – “it shall be the duty of every
employer to ensure, as far as is reasonably practical, the health,
safety and welfare at work of all his/her employees” The employer
must ensure that the fork lift trucks that his/her operators use
are safe. This is achieved through the implementation of a programme
of Thorough Examinations. (It should be remembered
that Thorough Examinations run alongside necessary
maintenance procedures and checks, not in place of them.)
Where the employer is the owner of the fork lift
truck this duty is clear. The employer must make arrangements for
every fork lift to be Thoroughly Examined on a regular basis, at
least once per year. (The actual frequency will be determined by
the Competent Person.) If the employer is not the owner of the truck
but leases the truck, or rents it on a long-term basis, usually
12 months or more, the responsibility is the same as though the
trucks were owned by the employer.
Electroserve are in a position to arrange and
manage all your Thorough Examination requirements.
We offer one off Thorough Examinations or can offer
a management programme that will ensure Thorough Examinations
are carried out at the required intervals. We will arrange and contact
you when each Thorough Examination becomes due, taking away the need
for you to remember or worry.
All Thorough Examinations are carried out by a qualified
Please call us for a Thorough Examination.
Electroserve Fork Lift Trucks