Forklift trucks, order pickers, tailboard lifts, dock levellers, lorry mounted cranes


Factories, industrial units, warehouses, storage facilities and many other premises.

Why inspect?

We are an independent engineering inspection services company whose job it is to enable owners and managers of logistics businesses and equipment to meet statutory obligations and keep employees and visitors safe. By the very nature of logistics, it is susceptible to constant risk.

Sadly, the logistics industry has an above-average injury rate. According to the Health & Safety Executive, enforcement notices raised by the HSE amounted to 15 prosecution cases in 2018/19 with all 15 resulting in a guilty verdict for at least one offence. The resulting fines from these prosecutions totalled around £3,655,960, with an average fine per case of £244,000.

Forklift trucks and order pickers

When carrying personnel, they should be inspected every 6 months to comply with the requirements of The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). When not carrying personnel, this is every 12 months.

Tailboard lifts

By their very nature they are used to carry personnel and are therefore required by LOLER and PUWER to be thoroughly examined every 6 months.

Dock levellers

As a minimum and to comply with PUWER, should be examined every 12 months.

Lorry Mounted Cranes

As a minimum and to comply with both LOLER and PUWER should be thoroughly examined every 12 months.

How we work

We generally work with your Insurance Broker as these inspections are often included in your policy agreement, but if not, or if you need any clarification, please get in touch.

We have engineers available in most areas and specialists at the end of the phone to offer advice.

Our service

Our specialists advise on the type of inspections required and the best approach. We keep you fully informed and never leave you waiting.

  • Fast, competitive quotes
  • Timely inspections from qualified engineers
  • Professional, trouble free, responsive
  • Over 25 years in business
  • Dedicated industry specialist Account Manager
  • Free technical support and training sessions
  • Urgent cases rapidly dealt with
  • Discount for volume equipment
  • Prompt documentation
  • Full refund policy in the (unlikely) event of dissatisfaction (Ts & Cs apply)

Resources – common faults found in your equipment

Our Engineer Surveyors, who are out in the field every day, report on the top 5 defects they find with logistics equipment and some simple safety measures you can implement straight away.

Forklift trucks and order pickers are subject to a considerable amount of stress when operated in this environment. The lifting chains are quite often operating close to their design limit and as such are prone to stretching. Overtime this stretching could exceed the maximum allowable limit. This elongation accelerates with age. As a result of this elongation, there is the possibility that the chains could fail and in doing so drop an elevated load. At risk of such an accident are the forklift or order picker operator, other employees and in some cases, members of the general public.
Find out more about the defects of forklift trucks and order pickers here.

Tens of thousands of tailboard lifting operations take place every week in the UK and are a vital part of the logistics industry. Any failure of the lifting mechanism and its safety devices could cause serious injury to personnel in the vicinity. The lifting mechanism is generally protected by a locking mechanism which if not regularly examined and maintained could present a serious situation with the potential for a heavy load to fall from the rear of the vehicle. Early diagnosis through examination and preventative maintenance greatly reduce such a risk. Find out more here.

Used to bridge the difference in height and distance between the warehouse floor and a vehicle. Significant dangers exist with this type of equipment including; crushing, shearing, high-pressure fluid ejection, loss of stability, slips, trips and falls. If the dock leveller was to fail in operation, then the load that it was supporting would fall down to the rear of the vehicle causing potential fatal injuries to the person operating a fork-lift truck or pallet truck. Regular examination is key to the prevention of such catastrophic incidents.. Find out more here.

Provide a vital service delivering and picking up heavy loads to support many different types of industries. The hydraulic rams are prone to creep down if they are not regularly examined and maintained. In such a situation the load being moved would be subject to an uncontrolled decent and the load could come into contact with other structures, destabilising the load or potentially the crane operator and / or other personnel in the vicinity. Lorry mounted cranes need to be examined annually to assess the integrity of the hydraulic system, safety systems and structure of the crane. In doing so this would reduce the risk of such a failure and thereby reduce the likelihood of injury to individuals and also the removal from service of a very expensive item of equipment. Find out more here.

What our customers say

Testimonial user

Fleet Manager

Construction Company
“We have been a client for over six years. The inspections are carried out efficiently by their Inspectors, who are happy to work around our company’s busy schedule. The office staff are always willing to help with any request. We would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Other industry sectors we support

These are just a few of the many types of businesses we support. If you don’t see your industry listed, please give us a call to find out how our engineering inspection services can help you.