Your fork lift truck may be legal and safe – but what about its attachments?
CFTS now includes more robust attachment checks as part of a new set of national standards for Thorough Examinations of fork lift trucks.
The UK’s national scheme for the thorough examination of fork lift trucks – Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) – has announced important new checks to further strengthen the depth and quality of inspections as part of rigorous new procedures for attachments fitted to forklift trucks.
More than 450 companies accredited to the CFTS scheme will perform these additional checks, which have been developed to ensure that both temporary and permanent truck attachments are safe and legal to use.
Mike Mathias, Chairman of CFTS, explained: “UK health and safety law stipulates that fork lift truck users are legally obliged to perform thorough examinations on their trucks at least every 12 months (and more frequently in some cases).
“But what many don’t know is that while permanent attachments should be inspected as part of these examinations, temporary attachments must be inspected even more frequently: at least twice a year.
“For this reason we have been working closely with many of the UK’s major attachment manufacturers and suppliers to develop tough new tests for attachments. They deserve our thanks and appreciation for their time and advice in helping us develop appropriate testing regimes.”
The newly expanded CFTS Thorough Examination now include separate inspections on the security of attachment mounts, winch and chain brake tests, chain and sling wear checks, damage inspections, checks on wear plates and warning signs, as well as an entirely new checklist to cover platforms, safety cages and tail lifts, where present.
Mr Mathias continued: “With so many varieties of attachments in use across the country – and such strict thorough examination regulations governing them – we recognised the need to develop a national standard for carrying out a thorough examination for the whole truck package.
“It’s all part of our drive for continuous improvement of CFTS Thorough Examinations.”
Note: Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) was created by the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Since 2004, CFTS has set a single, national standard for the Thorough Examination of vehicles in the UK fork lift truck industry.
With more than 450 accredited UK companies, CFTS Thorough Examinations are available throughout the UK. For more information visit: www.thoroughexamination.org or call: 07730 768668.
Posted on: May 6th 2016