Inspection Carried Out On Forklift Trucks 29/06/2007

A compulsory scheme has been introduced by the UK material handling industry that is to be carried out nationally, for Thorough Examination for used Forklift trucks.

In January 2004, the UK materials handling industry introduced an official national scheme for Thorough Examination for forklift trucks. This scheme is a very strict scheme, to ensure that a Forklift truck is 100 per cent safe to use before it is given to the operator in a company who will be using the vehicle.

This scheme is very much like an M.O.T and is required as a legal procedure for every used forklift truck. It is also required for used for forklift trucks that are one year old. As this is a legal requirement, it is essential, by law that any user of a truck that is in operation, whether that be an owner, or if the forklift is on hire or lease, has a valid Report of Thorough Examination.

To overcome deficiencies in the delivery of Thorough Examinations the two leading companies that are in the materials handling industry; the Forklift Truck Association (FLTA) and the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) composed this scheme. It was put together in union with the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that maximum protection for users was ensured.

'Its comprehensive procedures meet all the requirements of the crucial LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 legislation,' says CFTS chairman Richard Baxter.

'Everything is underpinned by stringent quality assurance and accreditation.Its aim is, quite simply, to ensure uniformly high standards in the implementation of Thorough Examination - and hopefully improve safety across the whole of British industry'.

A distinct quality and certification mark, which demonstrates an image of a ‘forklift tick’, acts as documentation that is linked to the CFTS scheme.Every forklift truck that passes the examination is given one of the stickers to put on the vehicle, to show that it is safe and has passed all the requirements necessary.To become accredited to this scheme, companies have to prove that are dedicated and able to abide to the CFTS Quality Assurance Procedural Code.

'The CFTS mark is the user's key to complete peace of mind,' concludes Richard Baxter. 'By opting for an accredited company you can be sure that your Thorough Examinations will be administered efficiently and carried out to the highest professional standards. In addition, the mark will give a 'stamp of approval' to your business - a clear sign to your staff and customers that you take safety seriously'.

For further information on the fork lift truck industry's accredited Thorough Examination scheme, or details of your nearest accredited company, please contact CFTS.

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