When CFTS was first established in 2004 by the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), its drive was to ensure that fork lift employers in the UK could confidently comply with both LOLER 98 and PUWER 98.

Geoff Martin
CFTS Chairman

While employers bear the responsibility for making sure their trucks operate safely and legally, there was a real need for a quality-controlled procedure that would test against both sets of criteria.

In collaboration with the Health & Safety Executive, CFTS set out to develop a truly Thorough Examination that offers one-stop, confident compliance for fork lift employers.

By meeting both LOLER and PUWER requirements – in one examination – CFTS Thorough Examinations offer up to five times the number of checks offered by standard insurance inspections, while saving employers time, money and frustration.

As you can imagine, it’s attracted a great deal of attention from businesses looking to work safely, legally and productively.

Of course, it’s impressed those involved in the service and maintenance of lift trucks, too. There are currently more than 400 CFTS accredited companies operating across the UK and Ireland.

Like us, they take pride in being able to offer their customers the highest quality procedure available. Working with lift trucks – day in, day out – they appreciate that a Thorough Examination is about much more than the inspection itself.

Each works to an agreed, qualitycontrolled process that is continuously assessed. CFTS examiners, for example, must have at least five years’ experience servicing and maintaining fork lifts, undergo regular testing and strict checks to ensure independence.

Steps like this mean that – wherever you are in the UK or Ireland – you can be thoroughly confident that you’re working safely, legally and productively.

CFTS established a national standard for Thorough Examinations in the UK fork lift truck industry. For more details on what’s inspected, how often and how to find an accredited company in your area, visit or call 01344 623 800.


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