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Thorough Examination leaflet

26 March 2014

A simple laminated leaflet, created to help fork lift engineers and competent persons explain the importance of a truly Thorough Examination, has needed to be reprinted – because so many operators, owners and users of fork lift trucks asked to keep it!

Originally, Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) distributed the information to its 425 accredited member companies to act as a talking point with customers. However, following an enthusiastic response, it will be made more widely available.

The two opposing sides of the leaflet are designed to clearly illustrate the difference between a LOLER-only Thorough Examination, which focuses on the lifting parts of the truck, and the CFTS approach, which ensures the whole vehicle is safe to use.

CFTS chairman Richard Hayes said: "Research shows most fork lift owners and operators of fork lift trucks simply assume their regular Thorough Examination has checked the whole truck. This could lead to a potentially unsafe situation as it may mean the brakes, the tyres, the counterbalance fittings – in fact, over a dozen vital safety aspects – never get checked."