The majority of our workshop Thorough Examinations are carried out Independently by Statutory Inspections Ltd for all our used machines. In the case of Thorough Examinations carried out on customer sites, they are either carried out by Statutory Inspections Ltd or by our own CFTS accredited engineers.
A Thorough Examination for a forklift truck is equivalent to an MOT on a car. It is a legal requirement under law and must be carried out at least every 12 months. Depending on the application, the intensity of use and the nature of any attachments, the regulations may require this interval to be reduced to 6 or even 4 months.. A Thorough Examination is defined by the Health & Safety Executive as below:
“Thorough Examination of Industrial Lift Trucks is required under health and safety law: LOLER 1998, which covers lifting equipment, and PUWER 1998, which deals with all other safety-related items, such as brakes, steering and tyres. Your regular inspections as part of a preventative maintenance scheme or scheduled service are not a Thorough Examination.”
We are members of Consolidated Fork Truck Services which govern the standards of forklift Thorough Examinations, and they lay down strict guidelines for the components which must be checked and serviceable in order for a machine to be deemed safe. You can see all the components which form part of a Thorough Examination by clicking on the link below:
Never ever buy a machine which is not Independently inspected.
If you are offered a machine with a 12 months Thorough Examination Certificate carried out by the company selling it, don’t buy it without arranging an independent inspection yourself. In this day and age no-one would buy a used car without an “AA” or “RAC” inspection first. If the seller has done their job properly then the independent examiner will find no faults at all. If the company you are buying from is not happy to have the machine independently checked then you need to ask yourself WHY?
An independent company who carry out Thorough Examinations do not repair forklifts, so they have no vested interest in finding faults, and their inspections are done with “No fear or favour” which is how they should be. If you need to have an inspection carried out on a truck you are buying, or one that has been recently delivered please contact a member of our team and we can arrange this for you.