What does Thorough Examination cover?

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.

Fork Lift diagram showing LOLER parts that are checked
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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)

  • 10
    The cab or overhead guard is checked that it is securely mounted and structurally sound. Transparent screens must be clear and undamaged.
  • 11
    All safety systems are checked to make sure they function correctly. These include visible and audible warning devices, capacity data plates and safety interlocks.
  • 12
    Steering mechanical and hydraulic components are checked for damage, wear and corrosion. Steering operation is also tested.
  • 13
    Seating restraints including seatbelts are checked for wear, damage and secure mounting. Seat mounting is also checked.
  • 14
    Services and parking brake systems are checked and tested. The test covers hydraulic/pneumatic systems, mounting, cables, linkages, pedals, levers and controls.
  • 15
    The chassis is checking for signs of damage and cracking in welds.
  • 16
    The prime mover, transmission and exhaust are checked on diesel and LPG trucks, batteries and connections on electric trucks.
  • 17
    Wheels are checked for condition and secure fixing. Tyres are checked for specification, wear, damage and bonding failure. Wheel bearings are also checked.
  • 18
    Counterweighting is inspected for security and damage.
Fork Lift diagram showing PUWER parts that are checked

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We carry out LOLER Thorough Examination on:

We carry out LOLER Thorough Examination on lifting equipment.

Telehandlers

Telehandlers

Tail Lifts

Tail Lifts

Reach Trucks

Reach Trucks

Personnel Lifts

Personnel Lifts

Loader trucks

Loaders

Fork Lift Trucks

Fork Lift Trucks

Cherry Pickers

Cherry Pickers