2 Sep 2015

Company fined for failing to carry out forklift checks

An animal feed supplier has been fined for safety failings after the company had failed to ensure their fork lift trucks had undergone regular examination, putting employees at risk. 

Equipment that requires a statutory examination should have a 12-monthly check to ensure they are safe to be in operation. This must be carried out within the correct timescales by a suitably competent person. This offence is equivalent to driving a motor vehicle without an MOT. 

Fork lift trucks are involved in many fatalities, accidents and near misses, those which have not been thoroughly examined in line with the statutory requirements can put the users and those working in the vicinity of the trucks at higher risk of injury than they need to be. 

Gardners Limited, of Baveney Farm, Shropshire was fined a total of £9,000, and ordered to pay £1,150 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 9(3)(a) of the Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. 

For more information about lifting equipment visit the HSE website.

Failing to carry out annual thorough examinations of a forklift can be a costly mistake to make. In this particular instance that cost equates to a £9,000 fine, however failing to carry out regular checks means that minor faults are often missed until they have developed into something major and considerably more expensive than the initial checks/repairs would have cost. Add into this potential downtime while the forklift is out of action and the costs can soon mount up.

The annual thorough examination is a statutory requirement, however daily pre-use checks should also be considered a must-have in terms of preventative maintenance. Daily checks will identify minor faults or issues and allow them to recified quickly and easily - they help to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with regulations. Find out more about our daily or weekly inspection kits at www.goodtogosafety.co.uk

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