Short term hire: know the risks
29 September 2017
CFTS has warned companies hiring trucks on a short-term basis that they should always insist that their fork lift documentation includes a Report of Thorough Examination.
Thorough Examination is vital in gauging both the health of the truck, as well as its compliance with legislation.
Shaun Prendergast, CFTS Technical Manager North, explains: “Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), the employer of a fork lift truck operator has a duty of care to make sure that a fork lift truck is safe to use.
“The Report of Thorough Examination confirms this. Indeed, LOLER demands that a report of Thorough Examination should be included with your documentation when you hire a truck… even it’s just for one day. Without this, you can’t be absolutely certain you’re operating safely and legally… As an employer, you need to be absolutely sure that it’s up to the job. So never take chances. Always ask for a copy of the report – in either electric or paper form – to be included with your truck’s paperwork.”