Regarding a recent incident involving the death of an employee and the prosecution of the company involved, there is still a clear need for preventative maintenance whether it’s your own service vehicles, agricultural machines or materials handling equipment.
Most equipment either falls under PUWER and LOLER but would also be covered by a Certificate of Thorough Examination. So there really is no excuse for any materials handling equipment to be in poor condition and not maintained to a safe serviceable standard.
Most companies that supply Materials Handling Equipment offer a range of service and preventative maintenance plans as well as LOLER and PUWER Thorough Examinations for pallet trucks, powered pallet trucks, stackers and many more. These types of services are readily available all over the UK.
It is the legal obligation of every employer that uses materials handling equipment to ensure it is fit for use.
We at Nationwide Handling believe it should be every companies goal to achieve a 0% accident rate within the workplace and we should all work together to ensure this happens.