CFTS warns employers of the dangers of using used trucks

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Safety and health practitioner

Employers looking to buy or lease a used truck are advised to verify that the equipment has a valid thorough examination report or otherwise risk serious accidents and potential lawsuits.

CFTS – the industry accrediting body for in-depth reviews – is concerned that thousands of used trucks are not regularly reviewed, despite legal requirements under LOLER and PUWER.

Geoff Martin, President of CFTS, explains: “The market for used work equipment is huge. If you’re buying a used truck or renting one for the long haul, it can be tempting to try and get a good deal, but you could end up with a potentially deadly kit if you don’t do your due diligence. The costs could turn out to be much higher than the savings on a used truck.

“My advice is to ask to see a full review report. This will prove that the equipment has been checked by a competent person with the appropriate knowledge and experience to detect faults, as specified in the HSE guidelines.

“Look in particular for the CFTS seal of quality, which must be visible on the papers and on a sticker affixed to the truck. A CFTS quality mark is the sole proof that any in-depth examination report has been carried out by an experienced and accredited examiner under strict quality standards and procedures. It’s a sure-fire way of knowing equipment is safe, helping you comply with the law and stay out of court.

CFTS members are accredited in-depth examination providers who will assess the equipment in its entirety, inspecting lifting parts in accordance with LOLER, as well as steering and brakes as required by PUWER.

“Owners have a legal and moral responsibility to their operators to make sure the equipment is safe to use,” adds Geoff Martin. “Even if you’re only borrowing the equipment, you need to be sure it’s in good working order. If you are unsure of the validity or legitimacy of the report, call an accredited in-depth review provider.

5-point guide to effective PEMP in-depth reviews

  • Does your supplier use extensive MEWP review documentation that includes a dedicated MEWP checklist created specifically for this type of equipment? CFTS examiners never take a “one size fits all” approach to different types of work equipment.
  • Importantly, does the supplier’s documentation meet LOLER’s requirements and PUWER – that is, does it cover important areas such as brakes and steering as well as lifting gear (many don’t).
  • Is your examiner both a “competent person” and an experienced engineer? And do they have the kit to check your MEWP thoroughly? (Including rolling jack, A-frame ladders and dedicated chain gauge).
  • Is your in-depth review fully and independently audited? Does the inspector undergo regular refresher training – so you can rest assured that he is up to date with the latest legislation?
  • Is your examiner able to minimize disruption to your operations? Many CFTS accredited engineers are equipped to carry out repairs so that in the event of a failure, it can be repaired without delay, keeping you operational.

To learn more about in-depth reviews and their importance, click here.

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