Monday 5th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

How thorough is your forklift examination?

Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) has questioned how thorough some ‘Thorough Examinations’ of forklift trucks really are – suggesting that some inspections are not enough to assure legal compliance and truck safety.

CFTS is responsible for the ‘comprehensive procedure and strict code of practice for the Thorough Examination of forklift trucks.’

“We regularly hear of Thorough Examinations being completed in as little as 10 to 15 minutes,” said CFTS technical manager (North) Shaun Prendergast. “That’s simply not enough to do a proper job.”

He adds that a CFTS inspection of a small three-wheel electric truck generally takes at least 45 minutes.

“A 2.5 tonne IC engine truck might take between 1.25 and 1.5 hours. As the complexity of the truck increases, the inspections grow longer,” said Prendergast. “A conventional telescopic handler, for example, would take around three hours to inspect properly.”