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Responsibility for Thorough Examination

In response to greater responsibilities for managers and supervisors overseeing fork lift truck operations, CFTS is urging managers and supervisors to be vigilant when it comes to Thorough Examination.

CFTS (Consolidated Fork Truck Services), the body responsible for the fork lift truck industry’s national accreditation scheme and standards in relation to Thorough Examination, is also drawing attention to the latest official guidelines, following a spate of management prosecutions.

CFTS Chairman Mike Mathias explains: “In the Health and Safety Executive’s updated fork lift truck safety guidance document, management’s duty to ensure a safe working environment is highlighted.

“Thorough Examination is one of the areas of responsibility specifically covered by the revised documentation.”

Entitled Rider-operated lift trucks. Operator training and safe use. Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L117), the guidance clarifies what is expected from those in charge of operations and work sites.

“For those who fail to meet the required safety standards, there is a risk of prosecution. In addition, managers and supervisors may also find their companies subject to fees which the HSE can charge, under recently granted powers, for its intervention to resolve material breaches of the law.”

To help managers and supervisors avoid this situation with their Thorough Examination, the CFTS website (thoroughexamination.org) contains clear and concise advice, as well as a member finder app which signposts visitors to CFTS accredited companies in their area.

“These specialists are fully equipped to advise fork lift truck users on any issue related to their Thorough Examination obligations.

“Better still, if you choose to obtain your Thorough Examinations through a CFTS-accredited company – and there are more than 400 of them UK-wide – you can be sure of consistently high standards of inspection and ongoing support which will make Thorough Examination much less of a worry.”

For more information on Thorough Examination and CFTS visit www.thoroughexamination.org.

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