The introduction of LOLER and PUWER in 1998 bought with it new responsibilities for the owners and users of lift trucks to ensure that equipment is maintained in good working order and that it is thoroughly examined to ensure it is safe to operate on a regular basis. Failure to comply can lead to serious consequences. Until now there has never been a Nationally Accredited Code of Practice for these Thorough Examinations.
A new scheme, described as the biggest safety advance in many years has been developed co-operatively by the fork lift truck industry’s trade bodies: The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) through their joint venture Consolidated Fork Tuck Services (CFTS). The CFTS Thorough Examination Scheme has been acknowledged by the Health and Safety Executive as best practice in