Loler Regulations & Thorough Examinations

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LOLER Regulations

& Thorough Examinations

Thorough Examinations ensure that your equipment is safe to use and cover legislation as set out in LOLER 1998 and PUWER 1998.  Having Acclaim, who are CFTS Accredited, carry out inspections, means you can rest assured that your equipment is suitable for work and that you have fulfilled your legal responsibility.  Remember thorough examinations are required throughout the lifetime of the equipment and regularly, every 4 to 12 months, depending on use, hours and type of equipment.
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Thorough Examinations (LOLER 1998 and PUWER 1998)

LOLER Regulations & Thorough Examinations

In the UK, If you own or operate a forklift or any other type of materials handling equipment, you are required by law to ensure that you hold records of thorough examinations carried out (Like a Forklift MOT). This also applies to equipment on hire.

What happens if I don’t adhere to LOLER Regulations?

Failure to comply with LOLER regulations can leave you open to prosecution and could invalidate your insurance or much worse in the case of a serious accident arising from faulty equipment.

Fortunately, a comprehensive national scheme (Thorough Examinations) is available that complies fully with all current legislation and is supported by HSE.

What can Acclaim Handling help with?

Acclaim Handling is accredited by the CFTS, the standard created by the United Kingdom Materials Handling Association; and can carry out thorough examinations. Remember, the national Thorough Examination procedure can only be carried out by a competent person from accredited companies. We have proved ourselves capable of – and committed to – meeting the strict Quality Assurance Procedural Code of CFTS.

If you are looking to increase health and safety awareness in your operation, we provide forklift / lift truck training which will improve safety in the workplace.

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What does and LOLER and Thorough Exam cover?

A LOLER covers numbers 1 to 10 below

A Thorough Exam covers number 1 to 19 below

1. Forks

Fork arms are especially vulnerable because they are constantly being abrased and stressed. They must have sufficient capacity and be examined for wear (complying with ISO 5057), cracks, deformation, and splaying. Additionally, the end stops and fork location are examined.

2. Carriage

It is necessary to inspect the fork arm carrier for distortion or cracks, as well as the attachment and stability of any load backrest extensions. If a side shift is installed, it needs to operate smoothly and steadily.

3. Attachments

If fitted, side shifts and fixed attachments could be included in the truck’s routine Thorough Examination interval. They need to be examined at least twice a year if they are detachable. They must be free of deformation or cracks, mounted firmly, and able to move smoothly and evenly over their whole range of motion in order to guarantee safety.

4. Load Backrest

In order to prevent falling loads and to ensure that it is firmly placed, the load backrest should be evaluated to ensure that it is structurally sound. If not, it could become a hazard in its own right.

5. Chains

Sudden failure of a lift chain could prove fatal, the wear, elongation, or corrosion that can lead to it can happen gradually and be difficult to identify. Therefore, it is crucial to measure carefully in three different areas. If the chain changes of just 3%, it needs to be changed; if the change is less than 3%, the examiner must determine whether the chain is safe. Pulleys and chain anchor locations also need particular attention.

6. Mast

It is essential to inspect the mast, or telescopic boom of a telehandler, during its entire extension and movement range. Additionally, hydraulic systems are thoroughly inspected and tested.

7. Tilt Mechanism

There must be no indications of damage or scoring, and the tilt must move steadily and evenly. Additionally examined are hydraulic hoses, pipes, and cylinders.

8. Hydraulic Systems

Because a rapid loss of pressure can be disastrous, hydraulic cylinders, reservoirs, hoses, and pipes need to be thoroughly inspected. In order to rule out undesirable descent, load handling parts might go through a longer load test after filters have been inspected for debris.

9. Rating Plate

For any forklift truck to operate safely, clear rating information is vital. The capacity rating for the vehicle and any installed attachments must be shown on capacity data plates, which must also be securely mounted and readable. If a load capacity indicator is installed, the operator should be able to see the information easily.

10. Controls

It is important to inspect all controls, cables, and linkages for damage, corrosion, and indications of possible failure. They need to be installed firmly and with a clear label indicating their purpose.

11. Brakes

The worst nightmare of a forklift truck operator is a brake failure, however many non-CFTS inspections neglect to examine the brakes. A skilled forklift truck professional will be able to perform a slow driving test to provide an initial assessment. All parking brake and service systems must function as intended. Along with hydraulics and pneumatics, mountings, cables, linkages, pedals, levers, and controls should all be inspected.

12. Chassis

Wherever possible, inspect the chassis for evidence of deterioration and cracking in welds.

13. Wheels/Tyres

Wheel failure poses a risk of death on its own and contributes to accidents due to the force involved. Wheel assemblies and components should be well-maintained and firmly secured. It is necessary to inspect tyres for defects, wear, damage, and bonding failure. The right combination of composite wheels and tyres must be used for the intended use and truck. Special attention must also be given to wheel bearings.

14. Seat Mountings

Both the mounting and the panel it is attached to need to be secure. It also looks for indications of damage on any operator restraint (seat belt, for example) or anti-vibration mounting.

15. Steering

Every mechanical and hydraulic component needs to be examined for corrosion, damage, excessive wear, and failure indicators. The truck will also be operated at low speed to assess steering reaction and functionality.

16. Overhead Guard/Cab

A damaged overhead guard or cab can indicate potentially fatal structural issues in addition to impairing protection from falling goods. It must therefore be intact and clear.

17. Safety Equipment

Only when safety systems are properly operated can they safeguard employees. Furthermore, because operators become reliant on them, any malfunction might quickly lead to potentially hazardous behaviours. Therefore, it is important to verify that all safety systems, such as seat switches, capacity/data plates, and audible and visible warning devices, are operating as intended.

18. Seat Restraints

Any operator seat restraint that is intended to keep the operator safely seated in the event of a tipping accident, such as seatbelts and other devices, should be installed properly and free of damage.

19. Traction System

For trucks with IC engines (diesel and LPG), the exhaust system, the prime mover, the gearbox, and the battery and connections on electric trucks are all inspected.

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