Free web tools keep fork truck users legal

New CFTS website simplifies Thorough Examination process
The creators of the UK nationally agreed framework for the delivery of Thorough Examinations for fork lift trucks has launched an interactive online guide, to help companies stay within the law. Designed to simplify and encourage legal compliance among fork truck users, the new Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) website ( hosts a number of interactive tools. 

Simon Emery chairman of CFTS explains: "Our new site has been specially created with the needs of managers and supervisors in mind. "With so much legislation to consider, ensuring your truck is up to the law can be a full-time job. However, for many managers out there, keeping trucks legal comprises a small portion of their day. 

"So we have created a range of web applications which quickly answer the most common questions from users on the subject of Thorough Examinations. In just a few clicks of a button, users can find out when their truck's next examination is likely to be due, discover exactly which parts of their truck will be inspected, watch an informational video and identify which companies in their area are up to the CFTS accreditation mark.

"Our new site is quite like a CFTS Thorough Examination. It is clear, concise and above all else comprehensive."

CFTS Thorough Examinations have been specifically designed to address the needs of fork lift trucks. Unlike many schemes, it guarantees a truly comprehensive inspection that complies with both of the two main pieces of legislation governing the use of fork lift trucks: LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 (most merely address LOLER 98) 

CFTS was developed by the fork lift truck industry's leading bodies, the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), working in close cooperation with the Health & Safety Executive.

More than 300 companies nationwide have become accredited to CFTS. To check if the company that carries out your Thorough Examinations is accredited to CFTS, or to find out more about the CFTS scheme, visit

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