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Forklift in Horsham | Arranging Professional Inspections and Training

At Gatwick Forklifts, our experienced team specialises in forklift hire, forklift training and warehouse design services, which we offer to commercial and industrial clients throughout the Horsham area. We pride ourselves on the delivery of a professional forklift service, compliant with UK health and safety standards, to create and preserve non-hazardous working environments. This includes checking the machinery we supply to customers and clients before making them available through forklift sales and rentals.

This page provides a guide to forklift inspections, which our personnel can perform for you at any time.

The Importance of Forklift Inspections

Gatwick Forklifts is an experienced company and we know what it takes to carry out a thorough examination in accordance with Regulation 9 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). An inspection of forklift sales and forklift hire trucks determines their condition and lets our technicians know whether or not they need repairing. We perform onsite testing anywhere in the Horsham area.

Our company recommends performing an inspection as part of an annual forklift service or a scheduled maintenance program. Pre-owned forklift sales and hire models may require more regular checks, something employers and operators can manage in-house with suitable forklift training

We always advise that customers and clients in Horsham check machinery daily, and again before use.

Our forklift service and maintenance technicians have the qualifications needed to inspect machinery. All have undertaken detailed forklift training courses approved by the Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) and the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

All personnel at our company, from our forklift sales and forklift hire departments, to our forklift service and repair technicians, understand the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). These regulations state that any faults discovered during an inspection need actioning and repairing with immediate effect.

We set the standard for forklift inspections and forklift training, especially for novice users in the Horsham area.

The Forklift Inspection Process

When examining forklift sales and forklift hire equipment, operators and inspectors must follow the LOLER and PUWER codes of practice. The different areas that the main safety regulatory bodies focus 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
  • Tyres and Wheels
  • Counterweight and Safety Systems

When a customer or client in Horsham purchases a truck from our forklift sales team, or rents one through our forklift hire department, we always advise that they perform a basic inspection before using it for the first time. Our forklift service and repair team inspect all machinery before sale, but we see it as good practice to perform your own monitoring. Naturally, we will be happy to deal with any faults or issues discovered during your own inspection.

We recommend that you have machinery examined at least once every 12 months by an inspector with accredited forklift training, and with sufficient experience of all current branded models, such as the Nexen range.

Forklift Service Inspections

The LOLER Code of Practice states that a “competent person” must undertake a forklift inspection. Ideally, this should be someone with knowledge of the machinery who can identify faults. Our forklift training schemes teach Horsham operatives how to inspect the vehicles they use, irrespective of whether they are models purchased through our own forklift sales department, a truck obtained on a forklift hire contract or an older piece of machinery sourced elsewhere.

Inspections enable companies to monitor overall condition, ongoing performance, parts wear and model deterioration.

A forklift service inspection includes:

  • Visual Inspection and Control Checks
  • Recording Measurements of Machinery Wear
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Load Testing

After a full annual inspection, our forklift service and repair team can issue a LOLER certificate and a written report, both legally required. Gatwick Forklifts takes care of everything so that customers in the Horsham area never need to look elsewhere for inspection and maintenance work.

Pallet Racking

Gatwick Forklifts can supply businesses in Horsham and the surrounding areas with a pallet racking installation service in a choice of styles. We fit warehouse, narrow aisle, mobile, dynamic, drive-in and adjustable racking or, if you feel that your business has specialist requirements, we can arrange for you to have a bespoke installation designed and installed.

Use us on a supply-only basis if you prefer.

We supply the racking, anti-collapse mesh systems and locking pins. Clients also have the option to use us for wide aisle, high bay, pushed-back and powered mobile pallet racking.

Call 01293 831300 for advice on forklift services, maintenance and inspections, anywhere in Horsham, from accredited local and regional specialists.