Thorough Examination or LOLER test, why you should have it, and why we can't train your people if your forklifts don't have it.
We hate having to go home as soon as we've arrived, and to charge you for the privilege. It's not good business for us, it wastes your time and is stressful for your nervous candidates who have been on the edge of their seats worrying about the forklift course. But this does happen to us us a training provider fairly regularly. We send out a checklist which you fill out and return, but when we asked to see evidence of a LOLER test on a clients truck they haven't in fact had one done, ever, let alone only missed just one!
Thorough examination of industrial lift trucks is required under health and safety law:Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 1998), which covers lifting equipment, and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 1998), which deals with all other safety-related items, such as brakes, steering and tyres. Your regular inspections as part of a preventive maintenance scheme or scheduled service are not a thorough examination. For more information see L117 Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training and safe use and INDG422 Thorough examination of lifting equipment .
So basically, we hope you have at least two services on your trucks a year, but just to compound it, those aren't a LOLER test, they are simply services. The LOLER test is almost like the forklifts annual MOT in regard to the lifting aspect of the machine. Perhaps check today that your forklifts actually have them. Because it's likely your insurance will be invalid without an up to date LOLER certificate. And we can't train your guys on trucks that aren't legal.