Reach Forklift Interactive Thorough Examination Guide

LOLER 1998 – which covers lifting equipment – and PUWER 1998 – which deals with other components such as brakes, steering and tyres – are comprehensive checks that are only all covered by CFTS-approved Thorough Inspections, which offer the best way to ensure that the safety of all of your operators is comprehensively covered. A CFTS-approved Thorough Inspection can also extend the lifespan of your forklifts by identifying and rectifying potential issues early on rather than letting them develop into bigger and more dangerous issues. This interactive guide will show you the different parts of your reach forklift that should be checked. Simply click on a part to find out more.

We also have interactive guides for other forklift trucks including man-up, telehandler, counterbalance and rough terrain forklifts.

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    Loler (Lifting Parts)

    Puwer (Other Parts)

  • 1Forks

    Fork arms are inspected for any signs of stress or abrasions that can weaken the structure, and the condition of the forks are compared to the standards set out in ISO 5057. Fork locations and end stops are also checked.
  • 2Attachments | Side Shift (If Fitted)

    Any permanently fitted attachments or sideshifts are checked for smooth movements throughout the full range of motion. Any attachments that can be removed must have full examinations twice a year.
  • 3Carriage

    Fork arm carriers are inspected for signs of distortion or cracks and load rest extensions must be securely mounted.
  • 4Load Guard

    Load guards are checked for a strong, secure mounting.
  • 5Tilt Mechanism

    The tilt mechanism is checked to ensure an even, controlled movement. Damage and scoring are checked for, which can be symptomatic of a much bigger problem.
  • 6Hydraulic System

    Hoses, pipes, cylinders and reservoirs are checked on the hydraulic system for any signs of damage, and the filters are looked over for dust or debris that may impede their functioning correctly. Finally, a prolonged load test is carried out to check for an acceptable descent.
  • 7Rating Plate

    Rating plates must be securely attached, legible and displaying all up-to-date information on attachments or sideshifts.
  • 8Mast & Reach Carriage

    The mast and reach carrier is tested for a smooth range of motion and ability to fully extend.
  • 9Chains

    Elongation and corrosion are looked for in three separate places as a decline in condition as small as 2% can be lethal. The condition of the anchors and pulleys are also inspected.
  • 1Overhead Guard or Cab

    Overhead guards and cabs are checked for signs of damage that can indicate a structural problem. The mounting of the guard or cab is checked for strength, and the cab is checked for finger guards to prevent injuries.
  • 2Steering

    Mechanical and hydraulic steering parts are checked for signs of damage or corrosion and a maneuver is performed at a low speed to check steering responses.
  • 3Safety Systems

    Audible and visible alarms are checked to be functioning, as well as any interlocks or seat restraints that may be present. Capacity and data plates are checked to be present, legible and securely attached.
  • 4Seat Restraint

    Any operator restraint, such as a seat belt or harness, is checked to be fully functional and free from damage.
  • 5Seat Mountings

    Seat mountings are checked to see if they are securely attached, and the panel they are attached to is inspected for any signs of damage or weakness. If there is any anti-vibration mechanism present, the condition of that is also noted.
  • 6Structural Fastenings

    Any structural fastening for an important component such as axles, fluid reservoirs or batteries is verified to be in good condition, free from damage and securely attached.
  • 7Traction Systems

    The gearbox and drive motor are checked for a smooth acceleration and careful control over speed.
  • 8Wheels & Brakes

    Your wheels will be inspected for a good, strong fitting, with bearings in particular being a crucial element. Service and parking brakes will also be inspected, with hydraulics, pneumatics, mountings, pedals, levers and linkages being thoroughly checked for signs of damage or wear that can prevent them from functioning as they should.
  • 9Tyres

    Tyres will be checked for a correct fitting, amount of wear, damage and any bondage issues that can prevent them providing enough grip.
  • 10Chassis

    The chassis will be checked for any signs of damage, with special attention paid to the welds.

    Loler (Lifting Parts)

  • 1Forks

    Fork arms are inspected for any signs of stress or abrasions that can weaken the structure, and the condition of the forks are compared to the standards set out in ISO 5057. Fork locations and end stops are also checked.
  • 2Attachments | Side Shift (If Fitted)

    Any permanently fitted attachments or sideshifts are checked for smooth movements throughout the full range of motion. Any attachments that can be removed must have full examinations twice a year.
  • 3Carriage

    Fork arm carriers are inspected for signs of distortion or cracks and load rest extensions must be securely mounted.
  • 4Load Guard

    Load guards are checked for a strong, secure mounting.
  • 5Tilt Mechanism

    The tilt mechanism is checked to ensure an even, controlled movement. Damage and scoring are checked for, which can be symptomatic of a much bigger problem.
  • 6Hydraulic System

    Hoses, pipes, cylinders and reservoirs are checked on the hydraulic system for any signs of damage, and the filters are looked over for dust or debris that may impede their functioning correctly. Finally, a prolonged load test is carried out to check for an acceptable descent.
  • 7Rating Plate

    Rating plates must be securely attached, legible and displaying all up-to-date information on attachments or sideshifts.
  • 8Mast & Reach Carriage

    The mast and reach carrier is tested for a smooth range of motion and ability to fully extend.
  • 9Chains

    Elongation and corrosion are looked for in three separate places as a decline in condition as small as 2% can be lethal. The condition of the anchors and pulleys are also inspected.

    Puwer (Other Parts)

  • 1Overhead Guard or Cab

    Overhead guards and cabs are checked for signs of damage that can indicate a structural problem. The mounting of the guard or cab is checked for strength, and the cab is checked for finger guards to prevent injuries.
  • 2Steering

    Mechanical and hydraulic steering parts are checked for signs of damage or corrosion and a maneuver is performed at a low speed to check steering responses.
  • 3Safety Systems

    Audible and visible alarms are checked to be functioning, as well as any interlocks or seat restraints that may be present. Capacity and data plates are checked to be present, legible and securely attached.
  • 4Seat Restraint

    Any operator restraint, such as a seat belt or harness, is checked to be fully functional and free from damage.
  • 5Seat Mountings

    Seat mountings are checked to see if they are securely attached, and the panel they are attached to is inspected for any signs of damage or weakness. If there is any anti-vibration mechanism present, the condition of that is also noted.
  • 6Structural Fastenings

    Any structural fastening for an important component such as axles, fluid reservoirs or batteries is verified to be in good condition, free from damage and securely attached.
  • 7Traction Systems

    The gearbox and drive motor are checked for a smooth acceleration and careful control over speed.
  • 8Wheels & Brakes

    Your wheels will be inspected for a good, strong fitting, with bearings in particular being a crucial element. Service and parking brakes will also be inspected, with hydraulics, pneumatics, mountings, pedals, levers and linkages being thoroughly checked for signs of damage or wear that can prevent them from functioning as they should.
  • 9Tyres

    Tyres will be checked for a correct fitting, amount of wear, damage and any bondage issues that can prevent them providing enough grip.
  • 10Chassis

    The chassis will be checked for any signs of damage, with special attention paid to the welds.