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Major manufacturers, distributors and dealers sign up for CFTS Thorough Examination scheme.

Launched as the materials handling industry's biggest safety advance in years, the new national CFTS Thorough Examination scheme has made an instant impression.

Within just four weeks of its official introduction in January, a total of 27 companies had succeeded in meeting the stringent criteria required to achieve accreditation.

A regular flow of new applicants is anticipated as Fork Lift Truck Association and BITA members complete the necessary training and put in place the systems needed to gain accreditation. Importantly, among the large number of companies large and small who have made their applications, a number of major truck manufacturers--including Atlet, BT Rolatruc and Nissan--have already endorsed the scheme by achieving accreditation while Toyota and Barloworld are close to accreditation while a number of other big names are close to signing up.

The national Thorough Examination scheme has been developed by the FLTA (Fork Lift Truck Association) and BITA (British Industrial Truck Association), working together as CFTS (Consolidated Fork Truck Services), in co-operation with the Health and Safety Executive and with whole-industry consultation.

Thorough Examination is a legal requirement, embedded in the LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 legislation. The responsibility for ensuring that a truck holds a valid Thorough Examination document lies with the end user (unless it has been supplied under a short-term contract of less than a year). The CFTS scheme meets all the requirements of this legislation. Its comprehensive, practical and effective package is underpinned by stringent quality assurance and accreditation processes. The results are uniformly high standards in implementing Thorough Examination and complete peace of mind for the customer.

Contact Fork Lift Truck Association on tel: 01256 381441 or visit: or contact British Industrial Truck Association on tel: 01344 623800 or visit:
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Date:Jun 1, 2004
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