HSE Brief Guides to assist Employers - Simplified guides
LOLER should be planned by a COMPETENT person. This is usually the operator for most lift-truck work, so they should have the appropriate training, knowledge and expertise .....
Sect 18. You should make sure the lift truck has been thorough examined by a COMPETENT person with the previous 12mths (or 6mths if lifting persons).....
If you choose to use a contractor who does not drive the equipment, who uses your staff to say "yes the brakes operate, yes there is nothing wrong with the steering, yes I can jack the forklift up to check the bearings and chassis under GN28 BITA Regulations, it will not be the inspector who only checks chains and forks legal limits that has committed to the liability involved. It will be your member of staff who could be agency or may not have the appropriate knowledge of English for complex questions.
Thorough Examination means THOROUGH and this means checking the forklift under LOLER & PUWER.
Our engineering inspectors carry out the complete LOLER & PUWER Thorough Examination, and our documentation has no grey areas, with a tick list of everything that has been covered. Therefore taking the onus away from your Company and staff and covering your liability under HSE Regulations fully.
Next time you have your workplace transport examined, ask for proof of licences, Risk Assessment and Method Statements and make sure your inspector is COMPETENT.
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