Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Forklift Truck
Don’t get caught out, follow these tops tips to make sure your business receives the best service and the right truck for the job!
1. Ensure you choose a machine suitable for your application – a reputable and knowledgeable forklift truck provider should be able to advise you on this but you should provide details such as –
ii. Load to be lifted
iii. How high do you need to lift such a load
iv. Fuel type e.g. diesel, gas, electric. (this may depend on the environment you are using the vehicle in)
2. Maintenance and Breakdown cover – ensure that your contract includes full maintenance and servicing of your machine, as well as breakdown cover, as loss of use of your forklift truck could be significantly costly to your business. Look out for companies that provide a replacement machine after 24hr downtime to ensure peace of mind.
3. Ensure that the service cover provided on your forklift truck covers the shift pattern the machine will be used on.
4. Ensure that the forklift truck you are hiring has a current “certificate of Thorough Examination” or conforms to LOLER (lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations)
5. Be aware of normal exclusions to a hire contract, which might include:
i. Operator damage or misuse
ii. Fork wear
iii. Tyres / punctures
iv. Consumables, including: oil; fuel; bulbs; filters; grease etc
When choosing your provider make sure…
- They are reputable
- They compliy with H&SE requirements
- Are able to provide you with the service you expect in terms of personnel and support
- Are financially sound
- Has an acceptable location – many companies can provide a UK wide service, however using a Google local search for forklift truck hire in ‘your area’ will provide you with those companies most likely to provide you with a full level of service for your company needs.
Finally ensure that the intended operator of the forklift truck you hire is adequately trained and licensed to drive and operate the vehicle. Some forklift truck companies offer driver training, alternatively you can check out the Fork Lift Truck Association for more details.