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Thorough Examination:  Whose responsibility is it?

Thorough Examination: Whose responsibility is it?

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CFTS clarifies the duties of forklift owners and operators to check equipment. CFTS — the body behind a UK national standard for the Thorough Examination of lift trucks — has addressed the confusion over whose responsibility it is to make sure that trucks have received regular inspections. A Thorough Examination is a legal requirement, as every lift truck should be checked at least once every 12 months. It is vital for ensuring a safe, productive work environment. “Every forklift should have a valid Thorough Examination report,” said Geoff Martin, CFTS Chairman. “If you own the forklift or are hiring it for more than 12 months, it’s your responsibility to make sure an inspection is arranged, in accordance with the truck type and use. But if you are hiring a forklift for les...
Thorough Examination: Beware half measures

Thorough Examination: Beware half measures

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Thousands of businesses operating forklift trucks may, unknowingly, be falling foul of the Law over their Thorough Examinations, according to CFTS, the body behind a national standard for the Thorough Examination of forklift trucks. CFTS says studies have shown that 93% of managers overseeing lifting operations believe that their Thorough Examination, as the name suggests, checks their entire truck. However, CFTS feels it couldn’t be further from reality. Chairman, Geoff Martin, explains: “Most inspections known as ‘Thorough Examinations’, sadly, don’t live up to their name. Indeed, they tend to cover the bare minimum demanded by LOLER 98, which covers the truck’s lifting mechanism. “For those responsible for ensuring safe operations, that creates a big problem as, under PUWER 98,...
Apprentice success at Linde’s annual awards

Apprentice success at Linde’s annual awards

Movers and Shakers, Service
Three apprentices have been awarded top of their year at Linde Material Handling’s annual Apprenticeship Awards. Jack Young, Wesley Edmunds, and David Flint were each of the winners of their respective year groups, with Jack Young being named as the overall apprentice of the year. This year the event was held at Brooklands Museum on 14th November and celebrated the young people in Linde’s apprenticeship training programme. Linde currently has 64 apprentices across the four-year programme having taken on 139 apprentices to date. The course allows young people to gain valuable industry experience which enables them to develop their professional and personal skills while also gaining a formal qualification. Apprenticeships are at the root of the government’s drive to equip peop...
LOLER and the Hand Pallet Truck

LOLER and the Hand Pallet Truck

General, Handling, Service
There has been considerable confusion in the marketplace as to whether low-lift equipment such as a hand pallet truck – which only raises the load sufficiently clear of the floor to enable horizontal movement – is subject to LOLER examination. BITA guidance has always been that this equipment is not carrying out a lifting operation, and is not, therefore, subject to LOLER. The HSE confirms this view and has recently updated its Approved Code of Practice to clarify that LOLER applies to “high-lift pallet trucks, both manual and powered, that have the ability to raise the forks above 300mm”. The approved code of practice can be downloaded free of charge http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l113.htm
Careers at Combilift

Careers at Combilift

Industry, Manufacturer, Service, UK Today
Combilift are recruiting and as the fastest growing manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts in the world, Combilift offers exciting and rewarding employment opportunities within its state-of-the-art facility in Monaghan, Ireland and around the world. Combilift is proud of its family heritage and strives to put people first with a strong commitment to staff training and development. A progressive outlook, coupled with significant investment in the business and big plans for future growth, means they are on the lookout for skilled and passionate people to join their team. So, if you feel you have the skill and drive to join a dynamic team, take a look at their current opportunities https://combilift.com/
Spotlight on Pallet Truck Spares

Spotlight on Pallet Truck Spares

General, Handling, PARTS, Service
PalletTruckParts.co.uk are the UK & Ireland's Largest Stockist of Pallet Truck Spare Parts With an extensive stock of quality spare parts for most leading manufacturers of pallet trucks including Linde, Logitrans, BT, TotalLifter, Pfaff and Crown, PTP offer an easy online ordering system, speedy delivery and a wealth of knowledge gained over the last 40 years of supplying businesses throughout the UK and Ireland. The easy to use “webstore” makes finding parts a breeze and if you need help just head over to their parts finder to locate part numbers. Pallet Truck Parts stock thousands of parts in their warehouse So, if your pallet truck needs a certain part and you can't see it in their store, give their experienced and friendly team a call on +44 (0) 28 9084 1444 or e-mail them...
A Solid Foundation from Combilift

A Solid Foundation from Combilift

General, Manufacturer, Service
When Daniel Soden left school, he was keen to combine college classes with hands-on experience that could lead to concrete career opportunities in the engineering manufacturing sector. The former pupil of The Royal School, Cavan started an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Traineeship with Combilift, Co Monaghan, the largest global manufacturer of forklifts. The traineeship is run by Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) at Monaghan Institute. The one-year, Level 5 programme is an example of the growing trend towards a work-based learning approach to qualifications. This one involves 11 weeks in Combilift, in blocks of two/three weeks, and 27 weeks in college. Combilift trainees are paid €100 a week for the nine months of the course. Daniel, who hails fro...
Virtual Reality Training for Jungheinrich Engineers

Virtual Reality Training for Jungheinrich Engineers

Industry, Service, Trending
Intralogistics expert Jungheinrich is using virtual reality (VR) to provide initial and further training for its after-sales service engineers across the whole of Europe. Jungheinrich virtual reality training provides immersive learning experience for engineers Entire fleet of forklift trucks can be presented as near life-like 3D models Opportunity for practical learning without risk Virtual training can take place anywhere, any time As part of the award-winning VR training, engineers are placed in a virtual warehouse environment where they can gain in-depth experience of selected Jungheinrich forklift trucks in a variety of working situations. This enables trainees to practise a wide range of scenarios in a safe space without the risk of property damage or p...
No Brexit Exit for Hoppecke

No Brexit Exit for Hoppecke

Batteries, BREXIT, Finance, Service
Despite concerns about prospects for economic growth and the uncertain commercial landscape post-Brexit, for energy management specialist Hoppecke Industrial Batteries it’s business as usual. Whilst the likes of Airbus, Unilever and BMW have been voicing fears over the impact on their businesses of a ‘no deal’, Hoppecke has signalled its commitment to doing business in the UK by signing a 15-year lease on its assembly and warehouse facility in Staffordshire. This move comes amid a period of stability that has seen Hoppecke’s UK subsidiary outperform the market across all areas of its business, with total revenue up by more than 36% over the past two years. It also provides clear reassurance both to Hoppecke’s customers and its workforce that the company intends to continue with the u...
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