As with a car and an MOT a forklift truck has the thorough examination to make sure it’s safe to use. A forklift is a heavy, complex vehicle and it could cause a serious accident if it’s not performing at optimum level.
How Often is the Thorough Examination Carried Out?
The Thorough Examination is carried out at least once a year on every forklift truck. Depending on how you use it and how often, you may have to have it tested more often. There is an official website where you can check how often each of your forklifts are examined.
Is Your Examiner CFTS Accredited?
The examination should be of excellent quality, as if the test isn’t’ good enough you could end up facing legal action or a fine. The examiner who carries out the Thorough Examination should be CFTS accredited. CFTS stands for Consolidated Fork Truck Services. If it passes the test that’s been carried out by a CFTS accredited examiner, then you know your truck is in tip top condition.
Test Your Forklift Trucks Regularly
If you constantly have your forklifts tested regularly then you’ll prevent them from developing problems which could be costly in the long run. Have a full service one yearly too and that way any problems can be fixed right away, and your vehicles will be in good enough condition to pass the ‘Thorough Examination.’
Important Points to Remember Regarding Your Thorough Examination
There are some simple points to consider with the ‘Thorough Examination,’ and we’ve listed some of them below to help you.
- Find out who is responsible to organise the Thorough Examination If you’re the employer, then it’s your responsibility
- Make sure your operators inspect each vehicle daily before they use them
- Make sure you have a workable system where operators can report faults quickly and in a timely fashion
- Have each forklift truck serviced on an annual basis
- Make sure when a Thorough Examination is carried out, it’s done so by an accredited CFTS examiner.
Dechmont Forklift Trucks – For Reliable, Quality Forklift Trucks
If you have any further questions regarding the Thorough Examination or how to find an accredited CFTS examiner, then please get in touch with us here at Dechmont Forklift Trucks, and one of our professional team members will be more than happy to help you. We have many years’ experience in the forklift truck business and we know every aspect of truck maintenance, examination and care, so there’s not much we don’t know! Give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk about your forklifts.