New forklift accreditation

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A new national Thorough Examination scheme for fork lift trucks has been launched to tackle the current deficiencies in the system. The updated Thorough Examination scheme is designed to meet the needs of LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 legislation.

It is similar to a MOT test for a car, but stricter, and applies to every fork lift truck in service, including hired ones, and its Quality Assurance Procedural Code raises the standard of testing and the scope of examinations.

A joint venture company has been created by the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) and the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) to oversee the new Thorough Examination nationally. Called Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS), the organisation will ensure companies that adhere to its strict Quality Assurance Procedural Code will be accredited, receiving certification and a quality mark.

The scheme was developed with the support of the HSE.

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