Health And Safety

If you own or operate a fork lift truck, it must have a valid Thorough Examination

  If you operate a fork lift truck, you have a legal obligation to ensure that it holds a valid Report of Thorough Examination. This applies whether you own, lease or hire the truck.   Failing to comply could be disastrous: prosecution, invalidation of your insurance or, worst of all, a serious accident due to faulty equipment.   There are many companies who will offer to carry out Thorough Examinations – so who should you choose?   Until recently, that would have been a difficult question to answer, but now the materials handling industry has an accredited national scheme that offers total peace of mind.   All FTM Engineers are product trained and we have a number of Engineers who are accredited to carry out the Thorough Examinations.  

Why use the fork lift truck industry accredited scheme?

  To understand the significance of a scheme that’s truly nationwide, it’s worth comparing the testing of fork lift trucks with the MOT for cars.   Imagine what it would be like if there were no cohesive national system for assessing the safe condition of cars. Imagine if garages were allowed to decide for themselves how to carry out MOT tests. Imagine if an MOT certificate issued by one garage was based on criteria and practices which differed widely from those used by another. Imagine if there was no one to oversee the process nationally and ensure consistent high standards.   This is very much like the situation which has applied to Thorough Examination – in many ways the fork lift truck’s equivalent to an MOT – until now.   The new scheme – described as the biggest safety advance in many years – has been developed co-operatively by the two leading bodies in the fork lift truck industry: British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) under the banner of Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS).