The body behind the fork lift truck industry’s own national Thorough Examination programme has responded to growing demand by promoting Shaun Prendergast to the role of Technical Manager (North).
Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) was established by the industry’s two leading trade associations, the British Industrial Truck Association and Fork Lift Truck Association, to provide a safe, unambiguous national standard for the compulsory safety tests.
With each accredited company inspected individually in person and given in-depth technical support, the new role focusing full-time on the North will help CFTS to ensure the quality of examinations remains high as membership continues to grow.
Shaun is well known to the CFTS membership, having built an excellent reputation since joining as assistant technical manager in 2012.
He explains: "Fork lift users trust the CFTS logo as a seal of quality and safety, so it’s essential we inspect each new provider individually before they’re accredited. With the scheme growing so rapidly, that’s a lot of work!
"Lately, that workload has increased further still because of the number of Trading Standards enquiries we’re receiving, from people who’ve bought a fork lift truck online, that hasn’t been properly checked.
"Since joining CFTS, I’ve especially enjoyed supporting the accredited companies with their technical queries, and delivering training to engineers all over the country. I’m delighted to be carrying on with that important role.
"CFTS companies work hard to deliver genuinely thorough examinations, absolutely by the book. It’s a privilege to help them achieve that goal."
CFTS Chairman Richard Hayes agrees: "We have over 400 accredited companies now – from Cornwall to Inverness – and its essential to give them all the help we can.
"Shaun has been doing a fantastic job giving our members expert training and advice, and in many ways this new title is just a reflection of that excellent work."