The importance of a Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) certificate and the associated Thorough Examination cannot be understated in keeping your employees safe when working with forklifts and other lifting machinery. Dawsongroup material handling can provide advice on the best time to get your forklift checked in order to keep your staff safe and your business compliant.
Alongside daily checks, the Thorough Examination offers an in-depth annual check of all the major safety components. To be truly thorough, Thorough Examinations should go beyond what’s covered by LOLER (lifting components, hydraulics, etc.) and should also include a safety inspection of brakes, steering, tyres, etc. (as required under PUWER regulations). This is done through a visual examination and functional check, measurement of wear, and in some cases load testing of the machine.
But did you know that there are situations where you may need an additional Thorough Examination?
Described by LOLER as ‘exceptional circumstances’ they are events or actions that could compromise the safety of your equipment. These could include:
overload, impact, damage or failure
being out of use for long periods
major changes, which are likely to affect the equipment’s integrity (e.g., modifications, or replacement/repair of critical parts)
Should your machine be impacted by any of these, then it should be thoroughly examined before being put back into full-time use.
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