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The team at Gatwick Forklifts are experienced in providing forklift hire vehicles, warehouse design solutions and forklift training courses to commercial and industrial clients in Horsham and the South East.

Inspections for Forklift Hire in Horsham and the South East

We pride ourselves in a comprehensive forklift service which complies with UK health and safety standards, preserving a non-hazardous working environment. This includes checking the quality of the machinery we provide, from rentals to brand-new and used forklift sales.

A Guide to Forklift Inspections

Carrying Out a Forklift Inspection

Forklift hire companies such as our own are experienced in completing a Thorough Examination, which is a Regulation 9 requirement outlined by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). The thorough servicing of a forklift hire or forklift sales vehicle will determine its condition and whether any repairs need to be made. Ideally, an inspection should be carried out as part of an annual forklift service, depending the vehicle’s usage. Forklift hire and pre-owned forklift sales models may require regular checks, which is the responsibility of our Horsham client’s employers and forklift operators.

At Gatwick Forklifts, our forklift service team is fully qualified to inspect vehicles as well as provide forklift training schemes, which are approved by the Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) and the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This benefits companies in Horsham to check their own machinery before using it. Our team also adheres to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), which states that any faults discovered during an inspection must be actioned.

When undertaking new warehouse fit-outs for clients in Crawley, Guildford, Horsham, Redhill, Paddock Wood and the surrounding South East areas, we can ensure a safe environment for workers to operate a host of fork lift hire vehicles. Our warehouse fit-outs use BS EN ISO 9000 certified products, which have been approved by the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (SEMA). Therefore, this forklift service will help to set the standards for future inspections, especially for new employees in training.

What the Thorough Examination Involves

When examining forklift hire and forklift sales equipment, operators and inspectors must follow both LOLER and PUWER codes of practice. The different areas that each safety regulatory body focuses on are as follows:

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

• Carriage and chains
• Controls and hydraulic systems
• Forks, load brackets and tilting mechanisms

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)

• Brakes, chassis and steering systems
• Counterweight and safety systems
• Tyres and wheels

Regular Examination Periods

Firstly, forklift hire and forklift sales vehicles should be examined before their first use, once they have been delivered, picked up or assembled at your Horsham property. From this point on, Horsham clients are recommended to have their forklift trucks examined at least once every 12 months by an inspector with accredited forklift training.

Forklift Service Inspections

The LOLER approved Code of Practice states that a “competent person” must undertake a forklift inspection. This should ideally be someone who has knowledge of the machinery and can identify faults. Our forklift training scheme teaches Horsham candidates how to inspect their forklift sales purchases or forklift hire trucks on a regular basis, enabling them to monitor the condition of general wear and deterioration.

A forklift service inspection includes:

• Visual inspection and control checks
• Recording measurements of machinery wear
• Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and load testing (in certain cases)

For a full annual inspection, our forklift service team can issue a LOLER certificate with a written report, which is required after an examination takes place. We offer a complete forklift service, providing clients with all their forklift needs in one place, including maintenance and forklift servicing.

For a full forklift inspections and from experts with forklift training at properties in Horsham and the surrounding South East areas, call 01293 831 300.