A thorough examination, often referred to as a LOLER is required if you own, lease or hire a forklift truck, it is your legal responsibility to ensure it passes a thorough examination safety check every 4, 6 to 12 months under the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER98) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER98).
Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.
A thorough examination inspection is similar to an MOT for your car. It is a legal requirement that is carried out periodically (depending on usage) on all trucks with forks. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your trucks (whether you own or lease) have a valid Thorough Examination report It must comply with schedule 1 of LOLER 98.
You must be able to produce it when required to do so by an enforcement officer and failure to comply may lead to prosecution or invalidate any insurance. The LOLER legislation is concerned with the main risks associated with the use of lifting equipment which includes:
Depending on the type of lifting equipment you have within your organisation depends on what will be checked during your LOLER. At Toyota we’re accredited by the Consolidated Fork Trucks Services (CFTS) to carry out a thorough examination.
We’ve listed some key trucks below which all require a LOLER periodically (based on usage or annually) where you can download a helpful document to help you understand what is covered.
A Thorough Examination from Toyota Material Handling is accredited by the CFTS (Consolidated Fork Truck Services) and comply with both LOLER 98 (Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) and PUWER 98 (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998).
It is important to note that non CFTS accredited Thorough Examinations do not always include the full inspection covering both the lifting and driving mechanisms of the truck.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) places a responsibility on organisations that have control over work equipment, more specifically the driving components of your machinery, e.g. the steering, brakes and tyres of your forklift trucks.
A PUWER ensures that some key requirements are met:
The equipment is suitable for the intended use
The equipment is safe for use and maintained safely
Used by people who receive correct training and info
Any equipment is paired with relevant health and safety measures e.g. any protective controls
A Through Examination (LOLER) must be carried out at least every 12 months. However, this is dependent on the application and intensity of use, the interval could be 4 or 6 months. The engineer carrying out the Thorough Examination (LOLER) will be able to inform you of the correct interval, you can also determine this interval by visiting the CFTS website.
Hand Pallet Trucks do not require a LOLER as this is only required for trucks that lift over 300mm, however, they do require a PUWER to ensure the truck is safe for use. These can be carried out by our team of Hand Pallet Truck Specialists.
All industrial lift trucks require a Thorough Examination, this includes forklift trucks, VNA, reach trucks, telehandlers, rough terrain trucks, stackers, articulated trucks and multi-directional trucks.