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Thorough Examination Inspections (Incorporating Loler & Puwer Regulations)

Whether you’re hiring or purchasing a forklift, you are legally required to have a current Thorough Examination (Incorporating Loler & Puwer Regulations) carried out to ensure the machine is in good working order. Often, a LOLER inspection only covers the front portion of the forklift and neglects important areas such as brakes, safety systems and steering. This could put your staff and anyone on your premises at risk.

It also ensures that any systems or equipment installed on the forklift is working as per manufacturers requirements.

Here at East Midlands Forklifts we offer fully accredited examinations of your forklift machinery to give you peace of mind when it comes to safety in your workplace. If you fail to have the machinery checked you can be prosecuted under PUWER 98 and the Health and Safety at Work Act. An examination of a forklift should take longer than an hour, so don’t accept any check carried out in under 45 minutes

We have trained and experienced engineers who can perform the checks so that you’re in safe hands. To find out more about these crucial checks and examinations - or to learn about forklift hire in the East Midlands – then contact our professional team today.

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Checks Includes:

  • Steering
  • Wheels
  • Overhead Guard
  • Tyres
  • Safety Systems
  • Seat Restraint
  • Structural Fastenings
  • Seat Mounting
  • Chassis
  • Traction System
  • Brakes
  • Counter Weight

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  • Mast

    Whether it is referred to as the telehandler or the boom, the mast must be inspected and checked at every point of its movement and extension.
  • Overhead Guard/Cab

    The overhead guard is important to the structural integrity of the forklift - if there are dents or damage to the roof it is not only a hazard if there are falling loads but it also signals further problems. This portion must be firmly mounted and any transparent portions must be clear.
  • Chain

    It is difficult to spot the corrosion and wear of the lift chain and it can be extremely dangerous if it breaks. Your chains need to be examined in three places to ensure no change can be detected.
  • Traction System

    The transmission and mover should be checked as well as the exhaust system for fuel operated machines, while batteries and their connections need to be inspected for electric machines.
  • Forks

    With constant use under heavy loads, the forks of the machine must be inspected carefully, with special attention paid to wear, cracks, splaying and deformation. The forks must also be the correct capacity as indicated by the rating plate.
  • Safety Equipment

    All the safety functions on a forklift must be inspected, if they are faulty or damaged in any way they put the operator at serious risk. All warning devices, both visible and audible, must be checked along with safety interlocks as well as capacity and data plates.
  • Controls

    All controls must be clearly marked and their fixing, functions and levels of corrosion must be tested. Potential for failure is also considered in this important area so upkeep and maintenance is vital.
  • Tilt Mechanism

    There must be no signs of damage to the tilt. Whether it’s scoring or otherwise, the movement must be smooth and measured. The cylinders, hoses and pipes must also be inspected at this point.
  • Load Backrest

    An inspector must ensure the load backrest is structurally sound and well-fixed in its place. If it is not it can be hazardous and dangerous to operate.
  • Hydraulic Systems

    All aspects of the hydraulic system must be inspected including cylinders, hoses, pipes and reservoir for a loss of pressure. Filters can be cleared of debris and if there is doubt over the safety of the hydraulics there may be a prolonged load testing.
  • Rating Plate

    To ensure all operators know the limits of the machine there must be a clear rating plate visible and readable. Capacity limits are crucial and should be adhered to at all times for safety.
  • Attachments/Side Shift

    Any attachments should also be tested, ensuring they move easily through their full range and that no cracks or damage have been sustained. Even if the parts are removable they should be tested twice a year at the minimum.
  • Carriage

    All aspects of the carriage must be inspected for cracks and damage at the mounting, or distortion of the arms. The backrest must also be sound and stable during operation.
  • Steering

    The steering must be checked by a specialist to ensure that, even at low speeds, it is responsive. The hydraulic and mechanical components should be checked over for signs of damage, corrosion and failure.
  • Seat Restraint

    Seatbelts and all other seat restraints must be fitted or mounted securely and undamaged to ensure that the operator is not at risk if there is a collision or a tipping of the forklift.
  • Seat Mountings

    The seat mounting must be secured to the machinery - the plate by which it is fixed to the machine must therefore also be checked for signs of damage.
  • Counter Weight

    As a hazard for both the driver and for others working nearby, the counterweight falling off the back of the machine can be disastrous. Checks must be carried out to ensure it is tightly secured and undamaged.
  • Brakes

    Brakes are one of the most vital parts of a forklift, and for this reason all parts must be inspected. This includes the cables, levers, hydraulics, controls and mountings. A slow drive test by a specialist will test all braking systems, including the parking brake.
  • Chassis

    The chassis must be inspected for damage, especially along the welds, to ensure that it is safe for operation and not a danger to users.
  • Wheels & Tyres

    All aspects of the wheels must be in top condition; they must also be secure and suitable for the machine on which they are fitted. Accidents and hazards are caused by improper upkeep of these vital components.

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