Keep a tag on forklift maintenance

Equipment tagging business Scafftag has launched the LOLER tag inspection system, which is permanently affixed to each forklift truck to enable immediate verification of the truck's maintenance status.

All lifting equipment has to comply with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), calling for daily and weekly checks as well as Thorough Examinations. Failure to do so can result in a fine by the HSE. Scafftag's product comprises a holder and insert system, which the company recommends is placed close to the operator cab access point for maximum visual effect. The inserts provide a space for the equipment number, safe working load, a signature box and next inspection date. The inserts need to be completed and placed into the holder to indicate the equipment is fit for use. If any checks fail, the insert should be removed from the holder, which then reveals a 'do not use' message underneath. LOLER requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and subject to periodic examination. Records must be kept of all examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.