Hannaman Material Handling offer a number of Service Maintenance packages designed to ensure your equipment operates to peak efficiencies and reliability, and meets the standard required by Thorough Examination.

ALL our service and maintenance packages include Thorough Examination, as we believe safety is paramount in everything we do.

Hannaman Material Handling are a CFTS (Consolidated Fork Truck Services) accredited examiner for Thorough Examination.


What is a Thorough Examination of working equipment?

 The Health and Safety Executive defines Thorough Examination as the following

“Thorough examination of industrial lift trucks is required under health and safety law: LOLER 1998, which covers lifting equipment, and PUWER 1998, which deals with all other safety-related items, such as brakes, steering and tyres. Your regular inspections as part of a preventive maintenance scheme or scheduled service are not a thorough examination.”

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 98)

LOLER regulations came in to force in 1998 from the Health and Safety Commission. The Regulations place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. They state that all lifting equipment MUST be examined

  • Every 6 Months (if lifting persons, or a lifting attachment)
  • Every 12 Months (for all other lifting equipment)
  • After the installation and before first time use
  • If the lifting equipment has been involved in exceptional circumstances that could jeopardise safety of the equipment

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

In addition to LOLER and also in force since 1998. The PUWER regulations place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. They state that equipment provided for use at work is:

  • Suitable for intended use
  • Safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate.
  • Used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training
  • Accompanied by suitable Health and Safety measures, such as protective devices and controls. These will normally include emergency stop devices, adequate means of isolation from sources of energy , clearly visible markings and warning devices

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Is Thorough Examination a legal requirement, like the MOT for cars?

Yes. It is required under two pieces of Health and Safety legislation:

LOLER 98 (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) – which covers lifting components.

PUWER 98 (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) – which deals with all other safety-related items, such as brakes, steering and tyres.

Importantly, however, the new accredited scheme for Thorough Examination does more than just meet the minimum legal requirements.

Are all examiners covered by the new scheme?

No. Only accredited companies are entitled to use the CFTS certification. They gain the right to do so by establishing their competence and committing themselves to following all of the approved processes. They must be open to independent assessment and to a complaints procedure. The strict standards ensured by the CFTS scheme only apply to Thorough Examinations conducted by these accredited companies.

Can my insurance company insist that its own inspectors carry out the Thorough Examinations on my trucks?

No. Insurance companies have no legal right to insist that their own inspectors carry out your Thorough Examinations. You are perfectly at liberty to make your own arrangement

 Why isn’t there a fixed fee for Thorough Examination – like a car’s MOT fee?

Unlike a car, a fork lift truck cannot easily be taken to a testing centre. The inspector must come to the fork lift truck. The distance and time involved in travelling, which will vary between inspections, must be reflected in the price. The time taken for the inspection will depend upon the type of equipment being examined. Materials handling equipment is much more diverse in its construction and use than cars, so it’s impossible to standardise on the time taken for an examination. Again, this affects the cost to the examining company and hence the cost to the customer.

How often must a Thorough Examination be carried out?

At least every 12 months. Depending on the application, the intensity of use and the nature of any attachments, the regulations may require this interval to be reduced to 6 or even 4 months. The person carrying out the Thorough Examination – the ‘Competent Person’ – will be able to determine the appropriate interval.

The same person should also be consulted for advice on whether planned changes to the truck’s operation or configuration will alter this interval.

Contact Hannaman.

+(44) 1244 288 652