Better safe than sorry.

Hire trucks shouldn't be higher risk

Published:  22 May, 2009

UK: As growing numbers of businesses turn to forklift truck rentals to keep overheads low during the economic downturn, materials handling experts have warned that some companies' misunderstanding of the requirements for hire trucks is in danger of placing them in breach of the law.


At Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS), the body responsible for developing and administering the industry's national accreditation scheme for Thorough Examination, a steady stream of queries from confused fork lift truck users looking for guidance has left many, including CFTS technical manager Chas Day, concerned.

"Whether a forklift truck is being hired for a day or a year, users and fleet owners should be fully aware of their responsibilities," Mr Day said."Knowing that any user is unclear about this subject indicates that they are being inappropriately advised.

"At present, all forklift trucks require a Thorough Examination - at least once every 12 months - as specified in LOLER 98.

"Legislation currently dictates that Thorough Examination is a user responsibility. It is up to the user of the equipment to ensure that a current and valid Thorough Examination Certificate is in place and available for inspection.

"Guidance on hire equipment is not easy to find in this complex legislation. That is why all companies accredited to the CFTS Thorough Examination Scheme have been given clear advice on maintaining the integrity of equipment while giving customers simple and straightforward advice.

"This is especially important with short term hire equipment," Mr Day explained.

"For longer periods of hire, the responsibility rests with the user and not the hire company. This applies to forklift trucks on contract hire and the user will choose who carries out the Thorough Examination."

For companies not familiar with Thorough Examination, there is a short explanatory video available for immediate viewing on the CFTS website.

To check if the company that carries out your Thorough Examinations is accredited to CFTS, or to learn more about the CFTS Thorough Examination scheme, visit the site.

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