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If you are the operator of a forklift truck, even if you are only hiring it, it is your legal obligation to make sure it holds an up to date Report of Thorough Examination. It is up to you to arrange for a Thorough Examination at least every twelve months – it is the responsibility of the user, not the hire company.

A Thorough Examination is a bit like a car MOT – it sets the standards to say that all the aspects that are connected with safety have been inspected and assessed as being safe at the time of the test. This scheme has been developed by the two leading bodies in the forklift industry – the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), joining together under the name of Consolidated Forklift Truck Services (CFTS).

To become accredited by the CFTS Thorough Examination Scheme, a company must supply detailed information about both staff and procedures that they will use. It must also show that it has the necessary facilities, equipment and training programmes, and will allow CFTS to inspect the company at any time. It is not a procedure to be taken lightly. Standards are high, and not all companies are accredited.

Solution MHE is an accredited Thorough Examination Company – they are not just about selling or hiring forklifts. They specialise in servicing of all makes of machines, with their mechanics clocking up many years of experience between them. All engineers are multi skilled, with some also specialising in certain fields, and the company has a high professional reputation in the servicing industry.

They offer planned maintenance agreements and all inclusive maintenance programmes, fixed service cost agreements, HSE inspections, battery and tyre replacements and checks. They can offer a bespoke computerised maintenance programme so a customer is always compliant with Health and Safety Executive regulations, whether a machine is used all day every day, or only on the odd occasion. The workshop facility offers everything froom a basic rewiring, upgrade or fitting of systems to fabrication and welding, whether the forklift is powered by electricity, diesel or LPG.

This company has evolved around success in the servicing field. They handle any and all repair work and have a 24 hour breakdown service. They have a team of six engineers trained and accredited for the Thorough Examination, who are mobile and can work at your site, saving you time and money.

Failing to comply with the Thorough Examination obligations means you could be responsible for an accident through use of unsafe equipment. You could be prosecuted and your insurance could be invalidated. Remember, it is the user of the truck who is held responsible, not the hire company.

Using Solution MHE means that you have peace of mind, and will manage your time and budget more easily. Take advantage of an efficient and fast service from forklift experts, and because they are members of the Fork Lift Truck Association, you can be confident you will receive a professional and honest job.

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