Fork Lift Truck Thorough Examination

MJB is certified to carry out the national forklift truck Thorough Examination procedure in Kent and East Sussex. The examination meets the requirements of two pieces of Health and Safety legislation: L0LER 98 (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) and PUWER 98 (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). LOLER regulations concern the lifting mechanism of a truck only and PUWER covers others parts of a truck such as safety equipment, steering, brakes etc. and both must be examined as part of a Thorough Examination.

Why you need a Thorough Examination

Faulty equipment can be the cause of serious accidents. If you operate a fork lift truck, you have a legal obligation to ensure that it holds a valid Report of Thorough Examination. This applies whether you own, lease or hire the truck. The examination is like a vehicle MOT, but much more rigorous. It is a legal requirement for every fork lift truck, including those that are just one year old.

Not having a valid report on your forklift trucks could lead to prosecution and invalidation of your insurance.

To book a CFTS Thorough Examination:

The CFTS Thorough Examination kite mark

CFTS Thorough Examination

Thorough Examination completed stickerMJB is an accredited company of the Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) Ltd. The examination was developed cooperatively by the two leading bodies in the fork lift truck industry: the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) under the banner of CFTS. More details on the examination can be found on this website:

What the examination covers:

The following is a guide to what a Thorough Examination of a counterbalance fork lift truck includes. Other types of lifting equipment may vary in what the test covers.

Diagram showing key examination points on a fork lift truck

To book a CFTS Thorough Examination:

LOLER (lifting parts)

  1. The mast or telescopic boom must be inspected throughout its full range of movement. The hydraulic systems are also inspected and tested.
  2. Chains are checked and measured, a change of just 3% will mean they must be replaced. Pulleys and anchors points are also inspected.
  3. The load backrest is inspected to make sure it is structurally sound and securely mounted.
  4. The fork arm carrier is checked for cracking and distortion.
  5. Forks are checked for wear, cracking, distortion and splaying. Forks must be of the correct capacity.
  6. The tilt mechanism is checked for a controlled and even movement and for signs of scoring and damage.
  7. The hydraulic system is also inspected, this includes cylinders, reservoirs, pipes, hoses and filters.
  8. Capacity rating plates must be securely attached and legible. It must show the capacity rating for the truck and any attachments fitted.
  9. The controls including cables and linkages are tested for correct operation and damage or corrosion. They must be securely mounted and their function clearly marked.

PUWER (other parts)

  1. The cab or overhead guard is checked that it is securely mounted and structurally sound. Transparent screens must be clear and undamaged.
  2. All safety systems are checked to make sure they function correctly. These include visible and audible warning devices, capacity data plates and safety interlocks.
  3. Steering mechanical and hydraulic components are checked for damage, wear and corrosion. Steering operation is also tested.
  4. Seating restraints including seatbelts are checked for wear, damage and secure mounting. Seat mounting is also checked.
  5. Services and parking brake systems are checked and tested. The test covers hydraulic/pneumatic systems, mounting, cables, linkages, pedals, levers and controls.
  6. The chassis is checking for signs of damage and cracking in welds.
  7. The prime mover, transmission and exhaust are checked on diesel and LPG trucks, batteries and connections on electric trucks.
  8. Wheels are checked for condition and secure fixing. Tyres are checked for specification, wear, damage and bonding failure. Wheel bearings are also checked.
  9. Counterweighting is inspected for security and damage.

Certificate of compliance

After the examination, your firm will receive a certificate of compliance and each forklift truck will show its Thorough Examination status. Only companies officially accredited to CFTS are allowed issue the CFTS kitemark stickers to be displayed on trucks that have passed the Thorough Examination.

How often is Thorough Examination required?

All fork lift trucks require a Thorough Examination at least once a year. However, depending on the type of truck and the environment in which it is used the frequency could be greater. Please call us if you are unsure when your truck requires aThorough Examination.

Thorough Examination Report
Thorough Examination Certificate