How long does a Thorough Examination last?
Although a Thorough Examination for a fork lift truck is like an MOT test for a car or lorry it is not valid for a set period of time. This is because there are different operational conditions that can impact on how quickly important components wear out. For example, the wear on a truck being used in a cement works is very different to that of a truck in a standard warehouse.
What is a Thorough Examination for a fork lift truck and is it a legal requirement?
A Thorough Examination is a statutory requirement for lifting equipment under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 98), Regulation 9. It has the same purpose as an MOT inspection by providing a report which identifies that the lifting equipment is safe to use, and/or advice that needs to be followed to avoid risks in use. It is just as important as an MOT – probably more so! There is a legal requirement for a Thorough Examination to be carried out on fork lift trucks at least once a year, and often more frequently depending on conditions of use.
Is the insurance inspection of a fork lift truck also a Thorough Examination?
Some insurance inspections are thorough examinations and some are not. It is important that employers know the difference. It is the employer who is legally responsible for making sure that Thorough Examinations are carried out in accordance with LOLER 98.