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Safe use of the whole vehicle

08 November 2014

New laminated information leaflets from Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) explain why it is important for rough terrain lift trucks and telehandlers to have a full Thorough Examination.

CFTS has produced two new versions of its popular Thorough Examination information leaflets, to focus on trucks commonly used in the construction and agriculture industries.

Each illustrates the difference between a LOLER-only Thorough Examination, which may focus on the lifting parts of the truck, and the CFTS approach, which looks at safe use of the whole vehicle.

Thorough examination of industrial lift trucks is required under health and safety law: LOLER 1998, which covers lifting equipment, and with safety inspections under PUWER 1998, which deals with all other safety-related items, such as brakes, steering and tyres. Regular inspections as part of a preventive maintenance scheme or scheduled service are not a thorough examination.

A first round of the laminated leaflets, which helped engineers to explain the many points covered by Thorough Examination for a counterbalance forklift, proved so successful that a reprint was needed because many lift truck owners asked to keep them for reference.