The Importance Of Forklift Maintenance

 When using forklifts, not only is it important to guarantee that all lift operators are adequately trained, but it’s also vital that the forklift itself its fully safe and prepared to use. Failure to ensure that all of these measures are met can often result in significant, if not fatal injuries to personnel, as well as damages to the items being handled. 

 

Fortunately, the team at Trucks Direct UK is here to help. Using our extensive knowledge and understanding within the industry, we have made this comprehensive guide covering the importance of forklift maintenance, ensuring that all forklift owners recognise the reason why it’s vital that regular maintenance for their forklift is carried out.

 

Health and Safety Executive 1998

 

Under the Health And Safety Executive 1998, new legislation came into place, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Also known as LOLER, this applies to all places of work and details the requirement for the examination of lifting equipment, including forklifts. As stated, it requires that the vehicle is installed correctly and complies with health and safety at work, capable of withstanding the heavy load that it’s designed for, and is used correctly in a safe manner who are competent. 

 

Consequences

 

Failure to comply with these regulations can result in several consequences with the most common result being a substantial fine. For instance, in 2015 a coach company was fined £250,000 for failing to comply with legal notices to get its equipment examined. There is also the chances of imprisonment for the person responsible, especially if damages or injury is caused as a result of them failing to ensure that these measures have been met. 

 

If a component fails, then there is a significant increase in the likelihood of injury for those who are operating the machinery, as well as those who are located close to the vehicle. In a serious incident, then it could result in the loss of life - which is something that can easily be avoided through a simple quality assurance test and daily checks. 

 

How often should maintenance be carried out? 

 

In order to reduce the risk of all the above mentioned, it’s vital that maintenance checks and examinations are carried out on a regular basis, but how often should this be? 

 

  • LOLER test

As stated by the regulations already discussed, the LOLER test should be conducted at either 6 or 12-month intervals, which depends on vehicle specifics which should be known by the operator. 

 

  • Before and after usage 

 

Your trained operator should carry out a risk assessment prior to starting a job to ensure that all the key components are functional and safe to use, guaranteeing that no issues will occur during a job or project.

 

Trucks Direct UK

 

Here at Trucks Direct UK, we have an experienced and accredited team that can carry out thorough examinations through our own quality assurance procedure, covering both the LOLER 1998 and PUWER 1998 regulations. 

 

Additionally, if you are interested in purchasing a new fleet of forklifts for your operation, then we have a selection of used forklifts available to purchase. We sell at some of the lowest prices in the UK, where all of our vehicles are sold with a 12-month LOLER certificate guaranteed. To find out more, be sure to head over to our website or give us a call today on 0121 667 9327 to speak to our friendly customer service team. 

 

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