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The LOLER statutes relating to forklift trucks came into force on 5th December 1998 and place duties on companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or hired. In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply.
As of August 2016 the Health and safety Executive are conducting a survey on LOLER and PUWER.
LOLER states that all lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.
LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases including forklift trucks, subject to statutory periodic 'thorough examination'. 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.
What should you do?
What is lifting equipment?
Lifting equipment means work equipment for lifting and lowering loads. This includes lifting accessories and attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting the equipment. It also includes the lifting of people.
Lifting equipment must be thoroughly examined in a number of situations, including:
The British Industrial Truck Association, BITA, have an accreditation scheme for forklift thorough examinations and further information can be found here.
HSE Information Sheet MISC241, Fitting and use of restraining systems on forklift trucks can be downloaded here.