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A “thorough examination” is a safety inspection similar to an MOT for a car. It is intended to:-

Establish that the truck can continue to operate with safety & without injury to operators
Verify that the truck is operating as intended to when lifting & travelling
Identify defects or weaknesses which could compromise the safe use of the truck
Specify the time-scale within which identified defects or weaknesses need to be rectified
Establish that defects identified in previous reports have received attention
Assess the correct function of all safety devices
Check that warning notices are correctly fixed & legible
Where necessary specify any limitations on the use of the truck

The Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulation 1998 (LOLER) - Regulation 9 requires the "Thorough Examination & Inspection of lifting equipment at the statutory intervals"

Regulation 9 (ACOP9) : Every employer should ensure that their lifting equipment is thoroughly examined for any defect to ensure that health & safety conditions are maintained & that any deterioration can be detected & remedied properly. An examination should be carried out by an impartial & competent person with practical & theoretical knowledge & experience of the lifting equipment involved.

Thorough examinations may be needed at several points during the lift of lifting equipment, on initial use or following installation, periodically during its life & following certain exceptional circumstances (accidents etc).
Competent Person - You should ensure that the person carrying out a thorough examination has such appropriate practical & theoretical knowledge & experience of the lifting equipment to be thorough examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment (Guidance - It is essential that the competent person is sufficiently independent & impartial to allow objective decisions to be made).

Thorough Examination - You should identify equipment which requires a thorough examination & ensure that it is thoroughly examined. The risks which could arise from the failure of the lifting equipment will determine how thorough the examination needs to be. (Guidance - Thorough Examinations may be needed at several points during the lift of the equipment, on initial use or following installation, periodically during its life, and following certain exceptional circumstances. If the equipment is moved to a new site it should be thoroughly examined again at the new site after it has been installed but before it is put into service)

Testing - The competent person should decide whether a test is necessary. The nature of the test method will also be a matter for a competent person, they should determine the most appropriate method of carrying it out. (Guidance - The design of certain lifting equipment is such that damage may be caused by conventional overload tests. It is important therefore that the competent person carrying out the examination or testing takes account of the instructions & other relevant information provided by the manufacturer)

In-Service Thorough Examinations - You should make necessary arrangements for a competent person to thoroughly examine lifting equipment at intervals no longer than one year or as specified in the regulation, shorter intervals may apply if the competent person considers this appropriate. The competent person should thoroughly examine those items & parts of the lifting equipment specified in the examination scheme or those items & parts of the lifting equipment which could through deterioration lead to dangerous situations. (Guidance - Lifting equipment deteriorates through normal wear & tear when used within its design limits and in the ways specified by the manufacturer/supplier. Unacceptable deterioration occurs when the equipment has deteriorated to the extent that safety is compromised or could be compromised before the next thorough examination takes place.)

Reports & Defects - The person undertaking the thorough examination shall i) notify the employer forthwith of any defect in the lifting equipment which in his opinion is or could become a danger to persons, ii) as soon as is practicable make a report of the thorough examination in writing authenticated by him or on his behalf by signature or equally secure means & containing the information specified in Schedule 1 to the employer or to any person from whom the equipment has been hired/leased. iii) where there is in his opinion a defect in the lifting equipment involving an existing or imminent risk of serious personal injury, send a copy of the report as soon as practicable to the relevant enforcing authority. Every employer who has been notified shall ensure that the lifting equipment is not used before the defect is rectified or after a time specified in the report. (Guidance - Defects which are commonly noted as being potentially hazardous include cracks & permanent deformation, corrosion of vital parts, excess wear or failure of moving parts & significant misalignment, eg. chains etc)

Keeping of information - Where an employer obtains lifting equipment to which these regulation apply received an EC declaration of conformity relating to it, he shall keep the declaration for so long as he operates the lifting equipment. The employer shall ensure that every report made to him is kept available for inspection either until he ceases to use the lifting equipment,r for two years after the report is made. or until the next such report is made. Guidance - Reports should be readily available to inspectors from the relevant enforcing authority should they request to see them. The information may be kept in hard copy form or stored electronically on a computer disk. If a computer system is used to keep this information then it needs to be protected from unauthorised alteration. The system should be able to provide a written copy when necessary. The information, or copies, should normally be stored at the premises where the lifting equopment is being used. Records may be kept for longer periods if the information they contain assists in indentifying repeated defects or indicating trends. Periodic review of this information should be part of the management arrangements for controlling the lifting equipment.

Information to be contained in a report - Name & address of employer, address of premises where examination was made, identifying information of equipment including, where known, date of manufacturer, date of examination & date of when next examination is due & signed by a competent person. Identification of any part found to have a defect which is or could become a danger, particulars of any repairs, renewal or alteration required to remedy a defect and, in the case of a defect which is not yet but could become a danger, the time by which it could becoA
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