Abex is a member of Made in the
Midlands' which champions world
class industries in the Midlands.
L.O.L.E.R stands for Lifting Operations &
Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Itís a
statutory instrument and to deploy any
equipment which cannot met the criteria of
the act is a criminal offence.
Provision and Use
of Work Equipment Regulations í98 covers the
safe use of Fork Lift Trucks and similar
Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) and the
user is responsible for ensuring the MHE in
service in their plant is in a safe
condition to fulfil the duties expected of
All new Fork Lift Trucks, which have been
put into service since December 2003 must
have a seat belt fitted (Reach Trucks are
exempt as are large FLTís where the risk of
an overtip situation is minimal, subject to
a recorded risk assessment). And new means
new to that owner, i.e. a newly supplied,
recently refurbished used truck supplied
(hired or purchased) since December í03 is
covered under this legislation.
All Fork Lift Trucks presently in service
must have a current annual (or in the case
of man rising equipment, a six monthly)
Certificate of Thorough Examination (Greater
inspection frequencies apply to multishift
A thorough Examination is
not a service Ė
itís more akin to an M.O.T. certification on
a motor car and can only be completed by a
Ďcompetent personí with a proven training
and experience record.
In the event of trucks supplied on hire contracts of 12 months or longer, responsibility for Certification rests with the user, NOT the owner. Whilst trucks on short term hire contract (i.e. less than 12 months) are the owners responsibility to have a valid, current Certificate of Thorough Examination, it remains the userís responsibility to ensure such Certification is up to date. Ask for a copy next time you hire a truck for short term hire. Reputable businesses such as Abex will supply a copy on request.
Abexís Field Service Technicians are trained
Your M.H.E. drivers (or operators to be more
precise) do not need a driving licence as
such but they do need to demonstrate that
they have received full training to an
approved standard, and have been tested (and
passed) in practice and theory upon the
equipment type they are expected to operate.
The capacity of a Fork Lift Truck is a
maximum weight at a given distance along the
blade of the forks, e.g. 2500kgs @ 500mm
Load Centre, and you can overload a truck
simply by moving the weight to be handled
The fitting of any attachment (integral
sideshift excluded) to a Fork Lift Truck
will reduce itís capacity by a minimum 10%,
and special consideration must be given to
the net load capacity when loads are clamped
to a truck or held by ropes, sling, etc.
e.g. a crane jib carrying a slung load will
have itís static net capacity reduced by a