LOLER examinations are essential for hilift pallet trucks. Along with any equipment that lifts more than 300mm, high lift pallet trucks need an annual Thorough Examination under LOLER. These should be carried out annually, more often under extreme conditions or in exceptional circumstances eg an accident.
A standard pallet truck only lifts around 200mm and therefore requires only an annual service and a PUWER inspection. A high lift pallet truck lifts around 800mm and so the risks of injury from mechanical failure are considerably higher.
The examination will be undertaken on your work premises. A clear area with good lighting and 2m social distancing is essential. Facilities including hand washing will also be required.
The engineer will start by examining the truck in detail ensuring that all functions are working correctly. The hydraulic system will be checked for leaks. Welds will inspected for cracks, and the forks examined to ensure that that they’re not twisted. Wheels, axles and feet must be in good condition. Labels including CE marking, SWL and the data plate will be checked. Any faults will be recorded and a time stipulated for the repairs to be carried out. More serious faults may mean the equipment is withdrawn from use until repaired.
Service and Repairs
Assuming that there are no serious faults, the engineer will then service the truck and undertake any minor repairs or adjustments. If additional costs are to be incurred, you will be asked to authorise the work before he proceeds.
Report of Thorough Examination
When the engineers paperwork is received back at the office, a Report of Thorough Examination (RTE) will be prepared. This confirms that the equipment was left in safe working order. It may also be required by another company if the equipment is to be used on their premises. It is an important document and should be filed safely.
A LOLER examination for a high lift pallet truck is not a nice to have option, it’s a legal requirement. It’s also re-assurance that the equipment is safe to use. A sound investment indeed.