Forklift Servicing and Thorough Examinations

By law, every employer must make sure that their work equipment is maintained so that it is in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair. The HSE also states that vehicles are maintained so tat they are mechanically in good condition. These inspections could range from drivers carrying out start-up safety checks before using the equipment to regular preventative maintenance inspections carried out based on hours worked.


At PLP Lift Trucks Ltd, we offer full service support on all type of lift trucks and warehouse equipment by factory trained engineers at your premises, or at our modern purpose built workshop in Dinnington, Sheffield and Peterborough. During our services, we pay thorough and close attention to the braking system, the steering system, the tyres, mirrors and other fittings, the windscreen, any warning devices, steps or walkways, pipes, hydraulic hoses, rams, lifting systems, just to name a few. Whether you operate a mixed fleet or otherwise, PLP Lift Trucks Ltd have a service program designed to maximise your productivity.

Thorough Examinations

By law, lifting equipment must be Thoroughly Examined at appropriate intervals (at least annually) to make sure it is safe to use – this includes lifting gear on forklift trucks. The Thorough Examination should always be carried out by a ‘competent’ person. At PLP Lift Trucks Ltd, all of our engineers are competent and we carry out Thorough Examinations on a daily basis for our customers.

You are responsible! Whether you own your forklift or simply hire it, the law demands you hold a current Report of Thorough Examination. You are responsible. You face the consequences of failing to comply, including the risk of prosecution, hefty fines and invalidated insurance cover.

Therefore, a Thorough Examination is no place to cut corners which is why the two main bodies in the forklift truck industry – working with the HSE have developed the definitive national scheme, administered via CFTS. With a CFTS Thorough Examination, you receive clear and comprehensive documentation, underpinned by uniformly high quality standards that comply fully with both LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 legislations.

At PLP Lift Trucks Ltd, under the LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 regulations, our Thorough Examinations cover:

  • Mast
  • Chains
  • Tilt Mechanism
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Controls
  • Load Guard
  • Forks
  • Attachment/Sideshift (if present)
  • Carriage
  • Rating Plate
  • Steering
  • Safety Systems
  • Overhead Guard/Cab
  • Structural Fastenings
  • Traction System
  • Seat Mounting
  • Chassis
  • Brakes
  • Seat Restraint
  • Wheels
  • Tyres
  • Counter Weight

Thorough ExaminationA LOLER & PUWER 98 Thorough Examination should always take over 45 minutes to complete and you should check your Thorough Examination certificate has the following logo to ensure you’re carrying out a complete check of your forklift.


If a Thorough Examination is carried out at the same time as a Service, PLP Lift Trucks Ltd can offer you a reduced rate!

Call us on 01909 564257 now for a free quotation or use the form on the right to request a call back.