Forklift Inspections

Forklifts require regular Thorough Examinations as mandated by LOLER and PUWER Regulations. Inspections are required annually, but for equipment lifting persons, they’re needed every 6 months. Factors like working conditions and attachments can adjust the inspection frequency.

Comprehensive Guide to Forklift Thorough Examinations

In the material handling industry, forklift trucks are indispensable workhorses that play a crucial role in various operations, ranging from warehouse and logistics to agriculture and construction. Ensuring the smooth and safe functioning of forklifts is paramount to the efficiency and safety of daily operations.

Importance of Forklift Thorough Examinations

Forklift Thorough Examinations are a legal requirement under LOLER and PUWER Regulations, mandating that these inspections be conducted at least once every 12 months. However, for equipment that lifts persons, the frequency of inspection is increased to every 6 months. Factors such as working hours, environmental conditions, and the type of lifting attachments fitted can further influence the inspection schedule. These examinations not only ensure the safety of operators and individuals in the vicinity but also contribute to the operational longevity of forklifts and overall efficiency.

Conducting Thorough Examinations

Thorough Examinations typically take around 30 minutes, although the duration may vary for larger or more complex equipment. At our facility, we prioritise minimising operational disruptions during these inspections. Our team of trained engineers possesses the necessary equipment and licenses to not only conduct thorough examinations but also operate the forklifts to ensure their safety and continued usability.

Pre-Use Checks and Maintenance

In addition to scheduled Thorough Examinations, daily pre-use checks are essential for maintaining forklift safety and performance. Operators should conduct visual inspections of all components, with a particular focus on common fault areas such as forks and chains. Keeping a detailed log of any marks or signs of wear can aid in identifying recurring issues and addressing them promptly. A daily pre-use forklift inspection checklist is available to assist operators in this crucial maintenance routine.

Why Choose Statutory Inspections for Forklift Thorough Examinations

  • Fully Trained Engineers: Our team comprises fully trained, experienced, and specialist forklift engineers who possess the expertise to conduct thorough examinations effectively.

  • High-Quality Service: We do not subcontract our inspections, ensuring a continuous high-quality service standard that prioritises safety and compliance.

  • Visual Identification and Reporting: Our inspections include visual identification markers to indicate equipment safety status and the next inspection due date, providing clarity and accountability.

  • Accessible Reports and Certificates: Gain access to your inspection reports and certificates whenever needed, eliminating concerns about misplacing or losing essential documentation.

By prioritising regular Thorough Examinations and diligent maintenance practices, businesses can uphold the safety, efficiency, and longevity of their forklift fleet, contributing to seamless operations and regulatory compliance

How often should you inspect forklifts?

Forklift Thorough Examinations are required at least once every 12 months but that frequency of inspection decreases to 6 months for equipment that lifts persons. It can also be reduced due to the working hours, the environment and on the type of lifting, attachment fitted. Regular Thorough Examinations are a legal requirement under LOLER and PUWER Regulations. Ensuring the safety of not only the operator and others in the vicinity but also aid the operational longevity of your forklift and operations.

How long does the inspection take?

Inspections may take as little as 30 minutes but could be longer on larger or more complex equipment. We aim to limit the disruption to your operation to the very minimum. Our trained engineers have all the equipment and necessary licences to not only inspect but to drive and operate the truck ensuring the forklift is safe to continue in use.

What are pre-use checks?

Pre-use checks should be carried out daily between scheduled Thorough Examinations. Operators should visually inspect all areas of the forklift, focusing on common fault areas such as the forks and chains. Keeping a log of any marks or areas of wear can help identify any recurring issues. You can find a daily pre-use forklift inspection checklist here.

How it works

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Easily book, manage, and securely store your Thorough Examination inspection certificates through our custom-designed online portal.

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An engineer from our team will conduct a comprehensive inspection by LOLER and PUWER regulations to ensure the safety and compliance of your equipment.

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Following the completion of an inspection, a Thorough Examination report will be promptly issued. All docs, including the report, is available through our secure portal.

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Choosing Statutory Inspections for your forklift Thorough Examinations:

  1. Fully trained, experienced, specialist forklift engineers.
  2. High-quality service. We don’t subcontract our inspections, ensuring continuous high-quality service.
  3. Visual identification to show equipment is safe and when the next inspection is due.
  4. Access to your reports and certificates whenever you need them, never worry about losing a certificate again!

High Standards

Our unwavering commitment is to deliver a first-class service that offers excellent value for money. By investing in a team of highly skilled and experienced engineers, we ensure that inspections are completed with professionalism and efficiency. This approach is designed to minimise any disruption and downtime to your operations, allowing for seamless business continuity.

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