Clarity needed on forklift safety inspections

London, UK: Forklift truck safety inspections “need same clarity as HGVs” says Consolidated Fork Truck Services.

Logistics managers are being urged to seek absolute clarity over forklift Thorough Examinations. Although forklift trucks are not subject to an MOT, as heavy goods vehicles are, they do require a ‘Thorough Examination’ under both Loler and Puwer, so the importance of carrying out this examination to the highest standard is critical to the industry and all those working in it, says Consolidated Fork Truck Services.

It believes this lack of clarity surrounding how often lift truck examinations are carried out and documented can leave managers confused – potentially placing employees at risk.

Geoff Martin Consolidated, chairman, Fork Truck Services, says: “Every logistics or transport manager worth their salt knows exactly how their HGVs and PSVs are inspected and maintained. But the truth is, your lift truck is far more likely to be involved in a lifechanging accident – and to have its inspection regime questioned by the HSE.

At the recent National Fork Lift Safety Conference, the HSE revealed there are around 1,300 serious forklift accidents each year – 50% more than HGVs.

“Ironically, satisfying your fork lift Thorough Examination duties is actually far easier than for HGV inspections. Whereas HGVs need to undergo an annual MOT and formal programme of Puwer safety checks, the CFTS Thorough Examination for lift trucks covers Loler and Puwer in one quality-assured process.

“The fact HGVs are so well-inspected goes to show the benefit of absolute clarity around standards, schedules, methods and documentation. Which is why BITA and the FLTA, the forklift industry’s two leading authorities, teamed up to create CFTS in the first place.”

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